Research opens doors for PhD student
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.
Treya Long is undertaking her PhD in clinical exercise physiology.