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Spotlight on Australia FIT/IP Beneficiaries

November 15, 2018

Australia FIT/IP works through WIPO projects and programs, as well as through institutions at the national level to support placements of scientists, such as the three fellows featured below, from least-developed and developing countries with leading medical research institutions. The aim is to aid knowledge transfer and the use of intellectual property (IP) for knowledge development.

Dr. Tedjo Sasmono – Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (EIMB)

Dr. Tedjo Sasmono from the EIMB in Indonesia spent three months with hosts Prof. Alan Cowman and Dr. Diana Hansen of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). During his fellowship, he conducted research to identify the key immunological mechanisms associated with the development of severe dengue – leveraging the Institute’s state-of-the-art technology to do so.

Dr. Tedjo Sasmono

The FIT2 program has been very beneficial, for me and my institution. The program allowed me to gain skills and knowledge in advanced immunology and genomics technology which will be useful in combating dengue

Dr. Tedjo Sasmono

Dr Rintis Noviyanti – EIMB

Dr Rintis Noviyanti of the EIMB in Indonesia was hosted by Prof. Alan Cowman, Dr. Diana Hansen, and Dr. Wai-Hong Tham of the WEHI. Dr. Noviyanti carried out research on immune effector mechanisms and antigenic targets of naturally-acquired immunity to malaria, to generate findings that could be used in the design of new anti-malarial vaccine combinations.

Dr Rintis Noviyanti
(Photo credit: Amy Starr, BVGH))

The new skills I gained during this FIT2 sabbatical have advanced my knowledge in malaria research, enabling me to do high-throughput studies to get faster results using advanced technology.

Dr. Rintis Noviyanti

Dr. Indra Wibowo – Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

Dr. Indra Wibowo of the ITB in Indonesia worked for three months with host Dr. Wai-Hong Tham of the WEHI.  He examined the immune response of a selected group of individuals as part of his research on the identification of a functional blocking antibody that could inhibit the entry of the malarial parasite in red blood cells.

Dr. Indra Wibowo
(Photo: Amy Starr, BVGH)

The sustained interaction with host-institution scientists is one of the main benefits of the fellowship program. These interactions enabled me to understand more fully the science behind the experiments, and thus to explain the science and methodologies to colleagues upon return to Indonesia.

Dr. Indra Wibowo