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Young Australian Scientist Wins 2013 Star Alliance Scholarship

September 19, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The Star Alliance network in Australia is today proud to announce Lia Moshkanbaryans, a PhD student in Neuroscience/Biochemistry at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), as this year’s recipient of the Star Alliance Scholarship.
J4G Gala'13 149_High ResLaunched in 2010 in partnership with CMRI – an independent Australian organisation conducting genetic research to help prevent and treat childhood diseases – the annual Scholarship enables a PhD student to travel on a Star Alliance Round the World airfare to international conferences or events.

Lia will use the Scholarship to attend BIO-Europe 2013, a major gathering of leading European and US scientists in Vienna in early November. The focus of the annual conference is the fast-growing field of science commercialisation, which involves equipping experienced researchers with the business and legal skills they need to encourage investment into new discoveries, such as lifesaving vaccines.
“Ultimately science commercialisation is about ensuring important discoveries move more quickly from the laboratory bench to hospitals and clinics where they are need most,” says Moshkanbaryans.

“Attendance at BIO-Europe 2013 will greatly enhance my networks within the global science community and help me find a graduate position. My aim is to secure work in Europe, where science commercialisation is very advanced, and then bring the knowledge and skills I gain back to Australia.”

Star Alliance Country Steering Committee Chair Anil Rodricks said it was a privilege for the world’s leading airline alliance to help nurture the career of a young Australian scientist.

“Lia is exploring an exciting area where science, business and law converge and I have no doubt she will take full advantage of the 2013 Star Alliance Scholarship to advance her career,” says Rodricks. “I am also confident that her experiences will ultimately deliver long-term benefits to medical research in Australia.”

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