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Sydney Research Awards and Scholarship Program 2017

Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium

The annual Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium was held over three days in June 2017 at Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

More than 1000 people attended symposium events, including the inaugural Big Idea, the Research Education Series and the Sydney Robotics Summit.


June 2017 - Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium

June 2017 - Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium

June 2017 - Sydney Robotics Summit

June 2017 - Sydney Robotics Summit

The Big Idea

The Big Idea event focused engaged expert speakers to highlight the importance of research commercialisation, identify key considerations and provide advice.

An innovation challenge saw applicants pitchi their idea to an expert panel to compete for up to $45,000 pre-seed funding to reach the next stage of commercialising their idea. This event was co-sponsored by SLHD and the University of Sydney and hosted in the Charles Perkins Centre auditorium.
More than 30 applications were received from across Sydney Research.

The inaugural winner was Professor Gerard Sutton from the Save Sight Institute. The focus of Prof Sutton’s ‘Big Idea’ was a BioPen-type device that uses a special bioink to virtually ‘colour in’ and correct an eye injury. 

The device is closer to becoming a reality after a collaboration was launched between ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science,  Lions NSW Eye Bank and Sydney University’s Corneal Bioengineering Group last week to develop the ‘iFix Pen’, which will be used in the corneal regeneration of corneal ulceration.

Corneal Ulceration is a significant cause of severe eye pain, visual morbidity and visual loss. It accounts for 55,000 hospital admissions in Australia each year. It can be complicated by infection and in extreme cases melting of the eyeball. Current treatments involve antibiotics and the use of a contact lens.


June 2017 - Sydney Research Big Idea

June 2017 - Sydney Research Big Idea

Sydney Research Award Winners 2017

The 2017 Sydney Research Awards were presented by Dr Teresa Anderson, The Hon. Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research and Elizabeth Koff, Secretary, NSW Health.

  • Research Excellence Award for the best publication in a high impact journal: Professor Chris Semsarian AM, Cardiologist Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and Head of the Molecular Cardiology Program at the Centenary Institute, for  ‘A prospective study of sudden cardiac death among children and young adults’
  • Young Researcher Award:
    Associate Professor Anne Tiedemann, Principal Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • Research Supervisor Award:
    Professor Janette Vardy, Medical Oncologist, Concord Cancer Centre and Professor of Cancer Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Annual Health Research Infrastructure Award: 
    Dr Lining Ju, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Heart Research Institute and University of Sydney.
  • Clinician Researcher Scholarship: 
    Brooke Donnelly, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • Health Informatics Researcher Scholarship (sponsored by VoIP):
    Merran Findlay, Executive Research Lead, Cancer Nutrition and Oncology Specialist Dietitian, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.


June 2017 - Sydney Research Awards

June 2017 - Sydney Research Awards

The Research Education Series

The series was hosted by Professor Tim Lambert, Professor of Psychiatry at Concord Clinical School at The University of Sydney. Tim is the clinical and academic director of the Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis (ccCHiP). Professor Lambert has spent 25 years researching, teaching and providing clinical services in the area of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders with a particular emphasis on treatments and outcomes.
Two sessions were held:

Using research instruments in the collaborative clinical setting:

  • multidimensional psychosis outcomes as an exemplar
  • building a tool for collaborative collection of data in a clinical team setting.

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