Sponsor a scientist and make a difference

Nikhil Autar is a scholarship student and leukaemia survivor.
Nikhil Autar is a scholarship student and leukaemia survivor.

The Ingham Institute’s youngest and brightest scholarship students are studying to make a positive impact on the medical world. 

What many people don’t realise is that they can also make a difference by sponsoring a doctor.

Sponsorship of medical students is not commonly known but without it many students would not get the opportunity to contribute to the field.

Student Nikhil Autar (pictured left) of Western Sydney University is a scholarship student, a ‘med school patient’, a leukaemia survivor and is extremely passionate about personalised treatment of cancer patients.

Nikhil joined the Institute’s Circulating Tumour Cell (CTC) team who are working on the development of a blood test that will allow clinicians to monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatment for each individual.

“My journey through cancer and chemotherapy inspired me to go into medicine and it became my purpose after I relapsed,” Nikhil Autar said.

“My cancer treatment was based on the idea of getting someone else's immune cells building up inside me which would kill off my now foreign, damaged and detectable cancer cells. 

“This inspired me to read further into immunotherapies - a growing field of research and treatments that utilise a patients' own immune system to treat cancers as a cure.

“And now, I'm honoured to be able to work at Ingham, which gave me an innate sense that there were people out there who cared about what I was going through," Nikhil said.

Another scholarship recipient is Sanjoy Mukerjee, a medical science student from the University of New South Wales. Sanjoy works under the guidance of Professor Nicholas Shakel, Head of the Gastroenterology and Liver Disease Group at the Ingham Institute. 

Part of his research will include the study of chronic viral hepatitis patients at four, eight and 12 weeks of treatment.

Both Sanjoy and Nikhil have received their scholarships provided by Coronation Property’s corporate sponsorship.

Joe Nahas, Managing Director of Coronation Property, said: “We’re thrilled to see these students excel in such a critical medical research field that will ultimately benefit the wider community. We encourage other businesses to seriously consider sponsoring a student and help spread the word of the amazing work being done at the Ingham Institute.”

The support from the business sector is not limited to sponsoring a student. Businesses can purchase equipment, naming rights, fellowships or clinical trials sponsorship.

  • For information on how to make a contribution to medical research visit https://inghaminstitute.org.au/