Jane Kotey, a PhD student from the Monash School of Political and Social Inquiry, will have the chance to discuss her research in stem cell tourism at a prestigious HDR forum in China.
Jane, also a member of Stem Cells Australia, has been awarded a highly competitive grant to attend the C9-Go8 Sustainable Health Futures Forum in Shanghai next month. A joint initiative between the Group of Eight (Go8) universities and the Consortium of China 9 Research Universities (C9), it will bring together 34 doctoral students from China and Australia to exchange ideas across disciplines and national boundaries on key global issues relating to sustainable health futures.
Now in the second year of her PhD, Jane’s specific research focus on Australians seeking treatments in Chinese clinics will soon take her to China for field work. She is supervised by Professor Alan Petersen from the Monash School of Political and Social Inquiry and Associate Professor Megan Munsie from Stem Cells Australia. Her work is part of a larger ARC-funded project, led by Professor Petersen, on stem cell tourism.
"My work is exploring the socio-cultural dynamics underpinning the growth of the market for stem cell treatments in China," Jane said.
"As well as developing a greater understanding of why Australians are choosing China is a destination for treatment, I am also interested in what impact this practice might be having on the heath care landscape within China. The forum presents an exciting opportunity to make connections with an interdisciplinary groups of HDR students with an interest in addressing what we see as key health questions now and in the future."
Jane will attend the C9-Go8 Sustainable Health Futures HDR Forum at Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 20 - 24 October.
This article first appeared in the Monash Memo on 18 September.