From left to right, Professor Melissa Little, Dr Rosamond Siemon and Dr Caroline Hendry

Dr Rosamond Siemon's generous gift of a scholarship for kidney research at the IMB has allowed PhD student Caroline Hendry to spend three-and-a-half years studying how to reprogram adult kidney cells into kidney stem cells that could be used for repair and regeneration.

“I knew I wanted to work in a field where I could make a difference to human health,” Dr Hendry said. “I was drawn to kidney research in particular because I recognised that the work going on with kidney stem cells at IMB was very exciting and I wanted to be a part of that.”

“My project was in the category of high risk, high reward, and probably would not have been funded without this scholarship. Now, however, the results from the project have attracted over $600,000 in further funding.”

Dr Hendry recently finished her PhD and is now working at Mt Sinai Medical Centre in New York City. The next recipient of Dr Siemon’s generous scholarship is Barbara Maier, who joins Professor Little and her team in studying the genes behind kidney development and examining how the adult kidney responds to damage.

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 4000 Australian adults each year, costing the Australian health system in excess of $2 billion per year.