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Dr Martin Ebert Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to ACPSEM Board member Dr Martin Ebert who has recently been awarded the Fulbright Future Scholarship!

Senior Scholar Dr Martin Ebert was awarded the scholarship alongside postgraduate student Nicholas Hindley. The scholarship will allow them to spend time in the United States where they will be participating in programs to improve collaboration and enhance particular areas of research.

The Fulbright program is a flagship foreign exchange scholarship program which commenced in 1946 after Senator for Arkansas J. William Fulbright initiated a bill authorising the use of proceeds of the sales of surplus wartime property to forgo the debts of foreign countries to the Unites States. A result of which was to establish an international education program which, in the words of Senator Fulbright, would have a mission to:

“ … bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”

Since then, the Australian Government, educational and independent institutions (including recently, the Kinghorn Foundation) have co-supported the program.

Pending changes to global pandemic and international travel issues, the two scholars will be undertaking their exchanges during the 2020/21 US academic year.

ACPSEM Fellow and Board Member Martin Ebert from the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the University of Western Australia will be spending time with the molecular imaging and analytics group in the Department of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. There he will be learning techniques around the analysis of sequential molecular imaging studies for tracking the response of advanced cancers, and furthering efforts to develop an international alliance of centres to enable linking of imaging data to analytics expertise.

Nicholas Hindley, from the University of Sydney, will be joining the machine learning group at the Martinos Centre for Biomedical Imaging at Harvard Medical School. There Nicholas hopes to drive advances in artificial intelligence that will feed directly into the Australian MRI-Linac as well as conventional radiotherapy systems.

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