Mater awarded for medical excellence

19/Dec/2019     HealthResearch

Mater people have made an outstanding impression at the annual UQ Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards with ten Mater individuals nominated across five award categories for demonstrating excellence in their fields.

The awards are a celebration of individuals and teams who have excelled in their work throughout the year and been recognised by their peers.

Dr Cameron Snell won the Innovators of the Year Award which recognises teams who have demonstrated innovation resulting in significant tangible improvements in their field.

Cameron was awarded for his clinical research program in breast cancer pathology that has played a leading role in the identification, development and validation of new cancer biomarkers.

“Our research is aimed at improving diagnostic outcomes for women and understanding how we can individualise care so we are providing the right treatment at the right time,” Dr Snell said.

“It was so nice to be recognised in this way, much of the work done in pathology is behind the scenes and we don’t usually have an opportunity to interact with our patients face-to-face so it’s wonderful to receive accolades like this.”

Associate Professor Allison Pettit won the Leader of the Year Award (Academic). The award recognises an individual who works strategically, achieves tangible results and drives accountability. Her inspirational leadership contributions for women and early career researchers won her the accolade of her peers.

Allison is the Director of Biomedical Research at Mater Research where she heads the Bones and Immunology Research Group. As a research group leader she actively supports a team of five researchers, supervises four PhD candidates, an undergraduate research emersion student and mentors five postdoctoral academics. Allison’s exemplary  leadership contributions extend far beyond her lab at Mater.

“I was honoured to be recognised in this way, I am so grateful for the support of my colleagues who have helped me get to this point,” Allison said.

Medical Director Medical & Chronic Disease Services Dr Trisha O’Moore-Sullivan said it was amazing to see so many Mater people nominated.

“We had exceptional team members represented in so many different award categories who took home some pretty amazing awards in fields that were full of very talented people. I was so amazed and proud,” she said.

Mater Nominees

Collaborators of the Year Award

  • Professor Vicki Clifton, Professor Karen Moritz and the Queensland Family Cohort (Finalist)
  • Dr Kristen Gibbons - Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (Winner)

Innovators of the Year

Leader of the Future Award Academic

Leader of the Year Award Academic

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