This Scholarship supported Dr Farnham in presenting on “The role of the pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) in intermittent hypoxia induced sympathoexcitation” at the Therapeutic Intermittent Hypoxia Retreat in Gainesville, Florida, USA and the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, California, USA.
As the mother of two children, aged 1 and 3, as well as Unit Leader of the High Blood Pressure Group at HRI, Dr Farnham says, “It’s incredibly important that institutions recognise the family/work juggle primary carers have when they try to maintain a career trajectory. Conferences, particularly international conferences, are vital for building new collaborations and networking with leaders in the field – but when you have primary carer responsibilities, conferences are the first thing to be dropped.”
The NSW CVRN Carer’s Travel Scholarship supports early and mid-career cardiovascular researchers in NSW who have had a poster presentation or abstract accepted for a national or international scientific meeting or conference, and who are also the primary caregiver of one or more children under the age of 16 years.
Born and raised in Nevada, USA, Dr Melissa Farnham originally had no interest in research. Now Unit Leader of the High Blood Pressure Group at HRI, and balancing the challenges of family and work, she couldn’t imagine any other career path.
HRI scientists attended and presented at the inaugural Mechanobiology Down Under meeting, which was recently held at the Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club in Sydney on 3–4 May 2018.