UQ Oshner's Omar Elfeky wins prestigious YW Loke New Investigator Travel Award

6 Jun 2016

Omar Elfeky, a medical student in the UQ Oshner program has been awarded the YW Loke New Investigator Travel Award to attend to the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) annual meeting in Portland USA in September 2016.

Concurrently, Omar also conducts research at UQCCR's Exosome Biology Laboratory. He received this award based on his work titled: Relationship between Maternal Body Mass Index and exosomes concentration across gestation. Omar Elfeky1, Sherri Longo1,2, Gregory E. Rice1,2, Carlos Salomon1,2. Exosome Biology Laboratory, Centre for Clinical Diagnostics, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The University of Queensland 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ochsner Baptist Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 

This research is a collaboration between the Ochsner Medical Centre (Dr. Sherri Longo) and the Exosome Biology Laboratory (Dr. Carlos Salomon-Gallo) within the Centre for Clinical Diagnostics at UQCCR.

The YW Loke New Investigator Travel Awards is enabled from the generous endowment of Y.W. (Charlie) Loke, Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Immunology at the University of Cambridge and member of the IFPA and EPG. Awards are administered by IFPA courtesy of the Centre for Trophoblast Research at the University of Cambridge. Receipt of a YW Loke Award is prestigious and a fine contribution to a growing CV. The YW Loke Award offsets travel expenses for approximately 40 young investigators per meeting. The awards are based on the scores received for the abstracts submitted for an IFPA-designated meeting, according to the review process.