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Scholarship Winners Announced

April 25, 2019

Scholarship Winners Announced

The winners of the Mantri, International, Mohler, and Davis scholarships have been announced.

Anita Mantri Memorial Travel Scholarship

Flt. Lt. Joe Britton received the Anita Mantri Memorial Travel Scholarship from the Aerospace Medical Students and Residents Organization (AMSRO). He is a Medical Officer, currently training as a Registrar (Resident) in Aviation and Space Medicine at the Centre of Aviation Medicine at RAF Henlow, where he was posted after successful selection into the speciality in August 2018.
   Flt. Lt. Britton studied Medicine at King’s College London, graduating in August 2013. During this time, he joined the University of London Air Squadron, leading to an application for a medical bursary with the Royal Air Force. He found his passion for aviation medicine in 2009 when he undertook an intercalated B.Sc. in Aerospace Physiology at King’s College London, graduating with First Class Honours and the SAFE Europe Student of the Year prize. His 2 years of Foundation Training were spent at MDHU Frimley Park, following which he began his General Duties Medical Officer year in the medical centre at RAF Coningsby before attending RAFC Cranwell for Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant officer training. Following graduation, he moved to RAF Henlow where he became a Member of the RAF Medical Board, performing permanent medical gradings for service personnel.
   In August 2016, Flt. Lt. Britton returned to London to complete Core Medical Training at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, achieving Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and securing a place on higher training in the new UK speciality of Aviation and Space Medicine. He has recently completed the Aerospace Medicine Diploma course at King’s College London, being awarded D.Av.Med. qualification by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in March 2019.
   Throughout his training, Flt. Lt. Britton has been active in Aviation Medicine research and has applied his experience in the field to healthcare quality improvement projects based on safety lessons from the aviation industry. He has taught junior doctors, introducing them to aerospace medicine, and is currently working to help set up a national organization for medical students and junior doctors with an interest in the speciality. He has presented both nationally and internationally and written a chapter for the “Handbook of Aviation and Space Medicine,” due to be published this year.

AsMA International Aerospace Medicine Scholarship
Rochelle Velho, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H. (Merit), B.Sc. (Hons.), ARaES, was the first recipient of the 2019 AsMA International Aerospace Medicine Scholarship. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in 2010 and an M.B.Ch.B. from the University of Birmingham in 2013. Thereafter, she completed the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Foundation Program (AFP) in Public Health integrated with an M.P.H. She has recently completed the NIHR Academic Clinical Fel-lowship (ACF) in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Research conducted during the AFP and ACF focused on a range of space-based solutions that included major incident management, mechanical CPR devices and systematic reviews on musculoskeletal morphology during bedrest.
   Dr. Velho is the Chief Medical Officer for the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF). Previous expeditions include the Kaunertal Glacier in Austria (AMADEE-15) and Dhofar Desert in Oman (AMADEE-18). These experiences led her to establish a “Human, Space and Extreme Physiology” module both at the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick medical schools. She began her career with OeWF in 2014, when she became a Mars Analog Mission Medical Team member. In 2017, she became the Mars Analog Missions Medical Team Lead. In tandem with a clinical and research career, she is an active committee member on several space life science committees. In the UK, she has been the Treasurer for both the UK Space Environments Association (UKSEA) and the UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association (UK LABS). She is also a founding member of the Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group, which aims to develop further evidence-based guidelines for terrestrial and aerospace medicine.
   As a medical student, Dr. Velho’s research into emergency medical countermeasures in hypogravity and microgravity led to a presentation at the 2011 ESA space medical workshop; an aerospace medical elective with Kings College London; the 2013 AsMA Stanley Mohler scholarship; and the 2014 European Resuscitation Council young investigator prize. The culmination of all her clinical and research experiences has resulted in her recent election as co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council Space Medicine and Life
Sciences Project Group; a global platform for young professions to present space-based solutions to the United Nations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a member of the Aerospace Medical Students and Residents Organization and the Aerospace Medical Association.

Michael R. Greene, M.D., Dip.Av.Med., MAsC, P.Eng., was the second 2019 recipient of the Aerospace Medical Association International Aerospace Medicine Scholarship. A native of Canada, Dr. Greene is currently a Resident Physician for the Vancouver Island and Vancou-ver Coastal Health Authorities in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also a Consultant for the European Space Agency. He earned a B.ASc. in Space Engineering at York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 2007, and then an M.ASc. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2009. He received his M.D. from the University of Calgary in 2015 and a Diploma in Aviation Medicine in 2019 from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, in London.
   Dr. Greene began his career as a Research Assistant for the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University in 2006. He became GNC Engineer, MDA Space Missions, in 2009 at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd., in Brampton, Ontario. In 2012, he began serving as a Research Associate/Robotics Engineer for Project neuroArm at Seaman Family MR Research Center, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, until 2015, when he took his current position. In 2018, he was a Visiting Researcher at the European Space Agency on the Space Medicine Team, European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, Germany. That year he also became a Consultant for the European Space Agency Medical Projects and Technology Team at Wyle Laboratories in Cologne, a position he also still holds.
   Dr. Greene is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization, the Space Medicine Association, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association, the Wilderness Medical Society, and the Professional Engineers of Ontario. His awards include the Alexander Rutherford and York Entrance Scholarships, the Canadian Millennium Scholarship, the Allen S. Berg Award in memory of Mark A. Levy, an Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship, a Leaders in Medicine Symposium award for Best Poster Presentation in Group, and the Dr. Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Prize in Emergency Medicine.

Stanley R. Mohler, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship
Jennifer Ma, B.A., received the 2019 Stanley R. Mohler, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship. She is currently completing her M.D. degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with Distinction in Research and will be joining Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for her Radiation Oncology Residency. Prior to that, she will complete a Transitional Year at Presence Saint Francis Hospital. Jennifer has been involved in a wide range of clinical and basic science research projects investigating the mechanisms of radiation damage and response, resulting in numerous manuscripts, oral and poster presentations, a review article, and a book chapter. Her laboratory research focuses on the utility of mutational signatures in DNA repair deficiency and radiation response, and has been featured in Nature Communications.
   Jennifer was selected for the Aerospace Medicine Clerkship at Johnson Space Center, where she worked on a project entitled “Medical Kit Design for an Exploration Atmosphere Prebreathe Protocol Validation Test” which will be presented as a poster during the 2019 AsMA Scientific Meeting. She has served in a variety of positions at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was a Clinical Research Volunteer at Montefiore Medical Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She is a member of the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization and the Aerospace Medical Association. She has received the Harold and Muriel Block Institute Award for Clinical and Translational Research Excellence. She has also been an Honors Program Member at Fordham University and received an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Senior Research Fellowship.

Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship
Karen M. Ong, M.D., Ph.D., was the 2019 recipient of the Jeffrey R. Davis, M.D., Aerospace Medicine Endowed Scholarship. She is currently an Internal/ Aerospace Medicine Resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She received her Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 2016 and an M.D. from New York University Medical School in 2018. Prior to her medical training, she graduated from Pacific Union College in California with a B.S. in Chemistry. 
   Dr. Ong began her career as a Strong Children’s Summer Research Scholar at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, in 2005. She became a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, in Maryland in 2006. In 2009, she worked at the Dustin Immunology Lab at New York University Medical Center and then transferred to the Blaser Microbiology Lab in 2010. She also served as a Medical Student Tutor in 2010. From 2011–2016, she studied Mathematical/Computational Epidemiology at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, NY. In 2014, until 2016, she was also an Interdisciplinary Science Tutor at New York University Medical Center.
   Dr. Ong’s awards include the Richard A. Jackson Memorial Scholarship from Pacific Union College, the American Institute of Chemists Award, being named a National Merit Scholar, Best Undergraduate Poster Award from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Life Sciences Conference, a SciArt Data Visualization Grant from New York, the Minkowitz Scholarship from New York University, the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon-Pilots Scholarship, a Bellagio II Travel Scholarship, and the Martin and Sarah Leibowitz Prize for Quantitative Biology from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She is a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization, the Aerospace Medical Association, and an honorary student member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon-Pilots.