Anastazja Gorecki earns a Fulbright Scholarship

Perron Institute-based PhD student, Anastazja Gorecki (UWA) has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

As a member of the Institute’s Neurodegenerative Disorders Research Group led by Associate Professor Ryan Anderton, Anastazja is investigating the gut as a trigger for Parkinson’s disease.

Her research is focusing on the interaction between cells in the gut barrier and the enteric nervous system, the ‘second brain’ that controls the gastrointestinal tract.

The Fulbright scholarship opens the door for a post at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA to continue her studies.

The Fulbright Program is a foreign exchange scholarship program aimed at increasing research collaboration, cultural understanding and sharing of ideas. It involves more than 160 countries sending recipients to the United States to work on projects to expand global knowledge.

Anastazja is very excited to have what she describes as an amazing opportunity to learn from incredible researchers and become part of the Fulbright community.

“My Fulbright Future Scholarship will increase the impact of my project by bringing together my work on Parkinson’s disease with the cutting-edge skills of forefront gut-brain axis researchers,” Anastazja Gorecki said.

“We will combine our skills to collaboratively develop new methods of modelling the gut in Parkinson’s and investigate how interactions between the gut microbiome, gut barrier and enteric nervous system contribute to disease.”

Anastazja also sees the scholarship as an opportunity to build a sustainable collaboration between highly ranked Johns Hopkins University and the Perron Institute.

Congratulations on becoming a Fulbright Scholar, Anastazja, a wonderful achievement.

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