Young scientist to visit US National Institutes of Health

Scholarship winner Amy Loughman. Photo: Karen Brookes

Ms Amy Loughman has won a scholarship to visit the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States next year.

During her 13-week visit, Ms Loughman will work with her host, Dr Kathleen Merikangas, to develop public health interventions. She will gain valuable experience working on a behavioural program to stabilise sleep, eating, activity and fluid intake in young people with migraine and mood disorders.

Ms Loughman’s visit is supported by the Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund, established in memory of a young Australian scientist. The fund pays travel expenses for one young Australian scientist each year to work at an NIH institute for up to 13 weeks. In return, the winning researcher is expected to make a contribution to the research program of the institute they are visiting. The fund is co-managed by the Academy and the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health.

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