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inaugural inspiring women fellow
In 2015, an inaugural veski inspiring women fellowship was awarded to Dr Catherine Satzke from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, who is remaining connected with her work in pneumococcal diseases.
The fellowship is enabling Dr Satzke’s research to continue while she is away from the lab on maternity leave.
With the veski inspiring women fellowship, Catherine is funding a junior postdoctoral scientist to be the ‘hands at the bench’ to carry out key research in her absence, enabling her to maintain her career and research momentum.
Catherine has also employed a senior postdoctoral scientist who is supervising and mentoring staff and students in her team.
Catherine has also attended a major international conference in Scotland with the assistance of a carer for her baby daughter.
Catherine’s research is focused on the prevention of pneumococcal diseases, a leading killer of children under five years of age, with most deaths occurring in developing countries.
Current childhood pneumococcal vaccines effectively reduce both bacterial colonisation and disease incidence, but only protect against a subset of pneumococcal strains of bacteria, and are costly to produce.
Catherine’s team assesses vaccine impact in the Asia Pacific region by identifying circulating pneumoccal strains in these countries, enabling policy makers to make informed decisions about their ongoing use.
Catherine has two children, and is continuing to build the scientific research team she has established and maintaining her international recognition and impact.