Recognising our achievements with awards and scholarships

Sydney Research Awards and Scholarships

June 2019

Recognising our achievements with awards and scholarships

Recognising our achievements with awards and scholarships

Health Minister Brad Hazzard presented the Sydney Research Awards and Scholarships at the 2019 Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium.

The awards and scholarships celebrate and encourage research excellence across the partnership including Sydney Local Health District, the University of Sydney and our partner medical research institutes.

Mr Hazzard said: “As Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research I’m really lucky to be able to be out amongst the people at the forefront of health and research.”

“We all have a thirst to learn more and why do we do it? Because of our patients, and the people we care about. That’s what drives all of you in health,” Mr Hazzard said.

The Research Excellence Award, for overall best publication in a high impact journal in the past 12 months, was awarded to:

  • Professor Helen Reddel for her publication “Inhaled Combined Budesonide-Formoterol as Needed in Mild Asthma”, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Young Researcher Award, for outstanding performance as an early career researcher, was awarded to:

  • Associate Professor Alexander Menzies, a Medical Oncologist and Associate Professor of Melanoma Medical Oncology at Melanoma Institute Australia, the University of Sydney, and Royal North Shore and Mater Hospitals.

The Research Supervisor Award, for outstanding effort as a postgraduate research supervisor, was awarded to:

  • Professor Christopher Maher, a physiotherapist, recognised internationally for his research in the low back pain field. He is also Professor at Sydney School of Public Health, Founding Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

The Annual Health Research Infrastructure Award, a $10,000 one-off, early researcher basic science award, recognising an individual with high research potential, was awarded to:

  • Mr Luke Carroll, who has worked in the field of diabetes research for the past 5 years and his PhD is in Type 1 diabetes. He will use the award to purchase laboratory equipment in the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre to enable the measurement of telomere length.

The Clinician Researcher Scholarship, designed to encourage and support clinicians seeking to pursue a clinical research career, was awarded to:

  • Dr Robert Rawson is a medical graduate of the Australian National University and completed his fellowship with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2016. He is completing his PhD which focuses on improving melanoma patient outcomes by enhancing pathological and molecular assessment of primary and metastatic melanoma.

The Health Informatics Research Scholarship, which aims to encourage research into how clinicians, academics and researchers can work with health information and communication technology, was awarded to:

  • Ms Julianne Chong, a VTE stewardship and clinical pharmacist at Concord Hospital who has a special interest in haematology and cardiology. Her research focuses on assessing the success and effectiveness of the venous thromboembolism (also known as VTE) stewardship team at Concord Hospital in its aim to reduce hospital-acquired VTE.

Sydney Research aspires to be a world leader in health and medical research, translating scientific discoveries into improved health and wellbeing for our community.


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