The annual $1,000 grant aims to promote the growth of neuroscience research at Flinders University by supporting the travel of a higher degree student or early career researcher in this field at Flinders to collaborate, learn and bring back new knowledge or techniques to the University.
“The idea is to support the gaining of new ideas and techniques that the researchers will bring back to Flinders. This is precisely what a university is for,” says Professor Wattchow.
“The philosophy of giving back to the university that steered your path of learning is much more common overseas, particularly in the US, where medical practitioners often donate philanthropic funds.” Professor Wattchow feels strongly that such generosity from successful citizens needs to be expanded in Australia, and together with his wife Margaret, he is prepared to set the tone.
“I wanted to give back to the university and institution that had trained me. I was shown great generosity during my medical education, and now I’m in a good position to give something back.”
“Many doctors who trained through Flinders have achieved similar seniority to me and now they might also be in a position to donate to support students and research at the institution.”