Re­search opens doors for PhD stu­dent

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A for­mer St Luke’s Col­lege stu­dent is mak­ing waves in the world of ex­er­cise sci­ence and will next month have the chance to speak be­fore the fore­most academics in the in­dus­try.

Treya Long is un­der­tak­ing her PhD in clin­i­cal ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy, with a fo­cus on child­hood can­cer rehabilitation, and is about to have her first pa­per on her child­hood brain tu­mour sur­vivor re­search pub­lished.

Ms Long has been in­vited to to speak in Vi­enna on the sub­ject at the Euro­pean Congress of Sports Sci­ence.

“I’m so lucky,” she said.

“Only so many get of­fered a po­si­tion to present their work and even if they do, you’re of­ten only al­lowed to bring a poster over to stick on the wall.

“It’s a nice boost of con­fi­dence to know I’m do­ing well.

“UWA has stu­dents at Ox­ford, Cam­bridge, Vi­enna Uni, Liver­pool, etc., so that would be one of my goals to sneak my name in with some of those big in­sti­tu­tions.”

Ms Long said her re­search into the post-treat­ment phase of brain tu­mours in chil­dren had shown some ex­cit­ing re­sults.

Pre­sent­ing to academics at a fo­rum in Europe is a world away from the iso­lated city of Kar­ratha, but Ms Long said these op­por­tu­ni­ties were avail­able to any­one.

“I wouldn’t have seen it com­ing, for sure, back when I was in Kar­ratha,” she said.

“I sup­pose one of the big things for me was I stressed so much out of Year 12 ... and al­most forced my­self into ca­reer paths where ev­ery­one else was go­ing.

“It does all work out for the best when you fol­low what you love, fol­low your gut feel­ing. I changed my ma­jor ev­ery year of my un­der­grad un­til I got here.”

Ms Long said she hoped to have her re­search pa­per pub­lished by the time she re­turned from Vi­enna.

Pic­ture: Treya Long

Treya Long is un­der­tak­ing her PhD in clin­i­cal ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy.

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