David and Margaret Wattchow Research Travel Grant
Developments in neuroscience depend on great scientific minds exploring bold new ideas. To encourage this, the David and Margaret Wattchow Research Travel Grant has been established to help emerging researchers at Flinders University find fresh inspiration and respond to new opportunities.
A long-time donor to medical research and a Flinders University Medicine graduate, Professor David Wattchow (BMBS ’80, PhD(Med) ’89, CUniv ’16) is a Senior Consultant Surgeon in the College of Medicine and Public Health at the University and an academic status holder. His special relationship with Flinders was recognised with a Companion of the University in 2016.
Recently Professor Wattchow, with his wife Margaret, has donated $10,000 to establish the David and Margaret Wattchow Research Travel Grant.
Professor David Wattchow and Margaret Wattchow
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.”
If you would like to support medical research at Flinders University please contact Bonnie Allmond +61 8 7421 9995 or firstname.lastname@example.org All donations $2 and above are tax deductible. 100% of your donation will support the research you specify.
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