We welcome Dr Saraid Billiards to the SAGE team in the role of Head of Strategy & Engagement. Prior to her secondment to SAGE, Saraid was the Director of the Research Grants team at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). She was responsible for managing and delivering several funding schemes including Project Grants, Development Grants, Targeted Calls for Research and International Collaborations with an annual budget of approximately $500 million. Saraid is also responsible for NHMRC’s Women in Health Science Committee – established to identify barriers and enablers to the progression and retention of women in health and medical research.
Saraid has a PhD in neurophysiology from Monash University. After completing her PhD in 2003, Saraid worked for five years in the Department of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School focusing on the underlying neuropathology of perinatal brain injury with particular focus on cerebral palsy and stillbirth. Upon her return to Australia, Saraid continued her research at Melbourne University before taking up a position at NHMRC.