Chair Students - Rowena Newcombe
Rowena Newcombe BMed Sc (Hons)
Medical student, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Medical Science (First-Class Honors) 2002
Spinal Society of Australia Spinal Research Award 2003
Research in the Neurosurgery Department:
My main research focuses on cell death within the spinal cord following acute and chronic injury, which is new research internationally and has raised many questions for future study. The project was awarded the 2003 Spinal Research Prize, by the Spine Society of Australia.
Born and schooled in Canberra, ACT, I moved to Adelaide in 1999 to study medicine. Coming from a medical family with my father a neurosurgeon, my interest in how the brain and spinal cord work was stimulated as early as 9 years when reading one of father’s neurosurgical books on the spine and feeling an immediate fascination.
I look forward to a career as a medical practitioner and research scientist. I believe it is important to achieve a balance of activities in life, in an academic, sporting, and voluntary capacity