Saving lives is the ADSA’s highest priority and it has been involved at the forefront of raising awareness and funds for medical research since 1984.
The ADSA Mesothelioma Medical Research Fund raises money for research into asbestos related diseases, including the ADSA’s 3-year PhD Medical Research Scholarship.
Following his passing in November 2021, the scholarship was renamed the ADSA Prof Bill Musk PhD Medical Research Scholarship in honour of our beloved specialist, Professor Bill Musk AM. Prof Musk has been a friend to the ADSA and its members for almost 40 years. He was committed to Public Health and the role it must play in protecting the life of all Australians; while big business tried to cover up and hope those exposed to deadly asbestos fibre in Wittenoom would be forgotten.
To make the Scholarship possible, we need to raise $130,000 each financial year. We are delighted to say that we are 73% of the way towards our 2021-22 goal. Once we reach that goal, we will be able to proceed with the first year of the new scholarship. That said, we still need another $130k per year going forward.
The scholarship is dedicated to medical research into mesothelioma an asbestos caused cancer and was developed in conjunction with UWA. Successful recipients undertake PhD research under the supervision of Professor Anna Nowak, the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) and the Institute of Respiratory Health. Our aim is to ensure we get the best candidates and translational research that can be accessed by patients, to improve their quality of life.
With feedback from members and friends, we have decided to broaden the scholarships to other areas of support like nursing, diet, psychology and other health areas.
The research and treatments are world recognised and it’s time to support our local talent and keep these teams together for the health and wellbeing of all Australians left to fight for their lives by a heartless asbestos industry.
We will continue with our efforts to fund raise for medical research and provide services to those suffering from mesothelioma, their families and carers.
Who is the current ADSA PhD Scholarship recipient?
In 2017, Dr Melvin Chin – a treating Oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – was announced as the inaugural recipient the ADSA PhD Medical Research Scholarship.
Dr Chin is a research expert with a distinguished career attending Cambridge University completing a BA in Pharmacology with first class honours and a medical degree with subsequent Masters. He has been undertaking Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Advanced Training in Medical Oncology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital since January 2016. In 2017, Dr Chin undertook bioinformatics work using specialised software to look at RNA sequencing data, co-supervised by Dr Joost Lesterhuis from NCARD and Dr Timo Lassmann from the Telethon Kids Institute.
Over the past 4 years, Dr Chin has been working with Prof Nowak and the NCARD team to continue leading the world in advancing mesothelioma treatment and research for a cure. His research aims to help mesothelioma patients make more informed decisions regarding their treatment options.