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University of Sydney obesity, diabetes centre to award writer $100,000 fellowship

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkin Centre has announced a $100,000 fellowship for a writer in residence to ‘join the fight against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease’.

Starting in mid-2016, the Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship will be awarded for one year and will provide the recipient with an honorary appointment at the University of Sydney, an office in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub, library access, and the opportunity to work with researchers, educators and clinicians.

Applications are open to writers working in creative genres, including fiction, poetry, theatre, nonfiction, digital media and screenwriting, who have published a major work in the past five years.

In a statement, centre director Stephen Simpson said the fellowship is an ‘opportunity for an established creative writer to transform the world’s understanding of and attitudes towards the modern epidemics of chronic disease by interpreting them in a manner beyond the reach of scientists and clinicians’.

‘The insights and interpretations of creative writers are a missing but crucially important piece of the puzzle in our fight against obesity and its related conditions, which are perhaps the most complex health issues in human history,’ said Simpson.

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