Alan Harvey CVID Research Scholarship Awarded to Chelisa Cardinez

Thursday, May 31, 2018

L – R, Christine Jeffery, Chelisa Cardinez, Robin Harvey, Laura Harvey, Emma Harvey

Congratulations to Chelisa Cardinez who has been awarded the Alan Harvey CVID Research Scholarship. Chelisa is a PhD candidate, and her research is done with The Cook Group at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). Professor Cook is the group leader of the Cook Group and a co-director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology (CPI).

Chelisa received the award at the IDFA day on the 26th May. The award was presented by Robin Harvey, on behalf of the Harvey family. Robin travelled to Canberra for the day with his wife Laura and their baby Emma. During this conference, she gave a presentation about her research. Please click here to watch the presentation.  

The scholarship is funded by the Alan Harvey CVID Research Endowment. This Endowment was established by the Harvey family in memory of Alan (Al) Harvey. Alan contracted Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) in the early 1980's, which was successfully treated for 10 years until he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Unfortunately, this resulted in a steady physical decline, culminating in his passing in 2009.

Through the CPI, The Alan Harvey CVID Research Endowment supports genome sequencing, providing a foundation for further research on CVID causing genes. The Endowment enables researchers to take advantage of state of the art sequencing technology to sequence several CVID genomes.