The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund was established by Marjorie Jackson-Nelson—the Lithgow Flash and former Governor of South Australia —in memory of her husband, Australian Olympic cyclist, Peter Nelson who passed away from leukaemia.
The aim of the Fund
The Fund was established to support young researchers, in an accredited research department, to undertake research into leukaemia, with the goal of finding a cure for this strain of cancer.
Over the past 30 years the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund has supported nine talented researchers to work towards a cure for leukaemia.
Call for applications
Applications for the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship are invited from researchers involved in any aspect of leukaemia research.
The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Fellowship package is for three years and awarded on a competitive basis to scientists working in South Australia. The merit of the research project, the researcher's track record and evidence of support from the relevant host institution form part of the selection criteria.
Please click here for further information about the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship applications.
Join the fight against leukaemia
The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund neither seeks nor receives any government funding. Marjorie Jackson-Nelson's personal time and efforts— along with a group of passionate volunteers—has personally raised the majority of funds so far, with the generous support of Rotary and other groups, companies and individuals who respond to the calls for help. In 2011 the Fund was entrusted to Cancer Council SA to administer and maintain. Your support means that research into leukaemia can continue toward our goal of a future free from leukaemia. To make a donation Click here.
Current recipient of the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship
Dr Laura Eadie (SAHMRI)
“Preclinical modelling of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (T-ALL) – defining targeted therapies and preventing treatment resistance.”
In 2019, Dr Laura Eadie was rewarded the three-year Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support Dr Eadie and her team in the search for targeted treatment options with less side effects for sufferers of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The vision is to create a repository of cells which will allow Dr Eadie to experiment and evaluate the success of different targeted therapies for T-ALL. This will enable the team to provide clinicians with a suite of new and re-purposed approved drugs, which will be able to effectively treat the different genetic lesion associated with T-ALL and ultimately, help future patients diagnosed with the disease.
The Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund is administered by Cancer Council SA. For more information please contact Cancer Council SA on 13 11 20.
Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund
PO Box 929
Unley BC SA 5061