Endeavouring to expand horizons of knowledge
17 December 2009
Alex Wirianski is a recipient of the inaugural 2010 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award. These awards provide scholarships for the 'best and brightest' university students from Australia and Asia. 20 postgraduate awards, each valued up to $63 500, are offered across Australia annually, and following studies applicants are able to undertake an internship for up to 12 months. This scholarship enables Alex the opportunity to spend six months at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. Alex is a physiotherapist and current PhD candidate of Associate Professor Chris Peck and Professor Greg Murray. He has a keen interest in jaw muscle and joint problems, and will work closely with the Japanese Research group, led by Professor Yoshinori Hattori to gain expertise in three-dimensional bite force measurement and analysis and computer modelling of the jaw. He will conduct experiments with human subjects and link these to computer jaw models to ultimately help develop and apply appropriate treatments and enhance the health outcomes of patients with disabling jaw pain and disorders. Professor Peck believes this is a double win for the Faculty of Dentistry as Alex's Physiotherapy background will enhance interprofessional research in the difficult area of the face and jaw and his intervarsity collaborations with Tohoku will bring together expertise from two very strong and related research units.