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Ingham Institute’s Research Support Officer wins competitive scholarship

As a testament to the quality of the staff who work at Ingham Institute’s Biological Resources Unit, Alison Richards, Research Support Officer, has recently been awarded a highly competitive scholarship by ANZLAA (Australian and New Zealand Laboratory Animal Association Inc.).

As part of the scholarship, Alison will be attending the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) national conference in Denver, Colorado where she will spend five days learning about their “One Health” initiative which examines connections between animal, human and environmental health. In her winning application, Alison discussed her work with researchers at Ingham Institute and her plans to disseminate the knowledge she gains from the conference back to her workplace and the Laboratory Animal Industry.

Biological Resources Unit Manager, Natalie Stunnell, has nothing but for praise for Alison.

“Alison is truly a deserving recipient of ANZLAA’s most prestigious annual award. This award is testament to her true commitment to the Laboratory Animal Industry. It is an outstanding achievement.”

To Alison, it’s a dream come true.

“I’m so happy to be going. I still can’t believe it’s really happening.”

In addition to all the learning she’ll be doing at the conference, Alison has also volunteered to spend one of the five days as a volunteer tour guide taking school students around the conference exhibitor stands.

“For these students, it is a good introduction to how and why animals are used in research. It’s also interesting to see how the Association is working to break the stigma around animal research,” Alison says.

“I’m hoping to bring back some insights into how we can incorporate a similar approach into Ingham’s existing schools’ program in the future.”