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Jess Holien awarded Fellowship

Posted: 20th October 2016

Dr Jess Holien was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Christine Martin Fellowship at the 2016 SVI Support Group dinner held on October 13th at the Athenaeum Club.

The Fellowship, funded by 5point Foundation, has been named in honour of Christine Martin, the late wife of former SVI Director, Professor Jack Martin.

Christine Martin was a vital member of the SVI family - together, she and Claire O’Callaghan first formed the idea of the SVI Support Group some 27 years ago. The Support Group has been raising funds through their networks to support students at SVI since that time.

There were many fond memories of Christine exchanged at the Support Group dinner, amongst which was a moving speech by her son, Simon Martin, now one of the Directors of the philanthropic 5point Foundation.

Simon told the guests that his mother not only played a critical role in their family life, but also had many professional talents. He said that the vision of 5point Foundation would have been close to his mother’s heart – to positively impact the health, wellbeing and education of children and families.

5point Foundation has chosen to honour this commitment by supporting a Fellowship for an outstanding female researcher at the Institute who has experienced a career disruption. SVI’s Dr Jess Holien was selected as the inaugural recipient of the 2-year Fellowship.

Jess is an emerging researcher with the potential to be an outstanding scientist. Her expertise is in molecular modelling, with a strong focus on designing inhibitors of protein-protein interactions to find new treatments for cancer. In addition to her success as a researcher, Jess is mother to two young children. She explained to the guests on the night how excited she was to be selected for the Fellowship and explained her commitment to research, which will focus over the next 2 years on finding new treatments for neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in children.

SVI congratulates Jess on the Fellowship and thank 5point Foundation for their on-going support of the Institute.