Congratulations to Shabnam Kashef and Quang Nghia Pham, who have been named recipients of the Healthy Development Adelaide PhD Excellence Awards for 2019.

Funded by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation since 2008, the PhD Excellence program provides PhD top-up scholarships for The University of Adelaide scholars who are undertaking projects in the area of healthy development. It’s also an inspiring platform for the Foundation to continue its 40+ year’s dedication to fostering early career researchers where grant funding is rarely unavailable.

Here’s a summary of what both Shabnam and Nghia will focus their PhD’s on:

Shabnam Kashef
The relative impact of four public health nutrition strategies to increase vegetable intake of children’s attending long day care.
Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Rebecca Golley; Co-Supervisor: Dr Dorota Zarnowiecki

Nghia Pham

Development of an integrated lab-on-chip device for the isolation and analysis of circulating fetal trophoblastic cells towards detecting pre-eclampsia in early pregnancy.
Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia
Primary Supervisor: Prof Benjamin Thierry; Co-Supervisor: Dr Marnie Winter


The Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation PhD Excellence Award supports both domestic and international students who have newly commenced a PhD in the areas of Healthy Development. Disciplines include (but are not restricted to) biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, demography, dentistry, economics, education, endocrinology, epidemiology, ethics, genetics, indigenous health, law, nutrition, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, pharmacology, physiology, politics, psychiatry, psychology, public health and sociology.

Preference is given to projects with a multidisciplinary focus and that enhance more than one discipline within the research topic.

The Scholars are ‘enrolled’ in the HDA Research Training Program with mentoring, career development opportunities, and research training placements.

For full information, click here.




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