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The Annual Mater Research Awards and Young Investigator Symposium has been held in Brisbane this week recognising the significant contribution of seasoned and emerging Mater researcher talent.
The Mater Research Awards recognises researchers, support staff and others working tirelessly behind the scenes who make significant contributions and medical breakthroughs throughout the year.
Up and coming talent is celebrated at the Young Investigator Symposium, showcasing the best and brightest young researchers with each researcher presenting a short overview of their research.
Mater Research CEO Professor Maher Gandhi reflected on the humble beginnings of Mater Research.
“We began with only eight researchers working on one project together and we are now a world recognised leader in clinical and medical research,” he said.
“Mater Research is fortunate as we are able to translate our research into clinical practice across the hospital turning scientific discovery into the best possible treatment, care, and outcomes for patients.
“We are committed to working closely with Mater Health, Mater Education and Mater Foundation plus our growing network of partners, donors and collaborators to ensure we are at the forefront of medical research in the world.”
Publication of the Year
Dr David Serisier Award
Young Investigators Showcase – People’s Choice
Sister Regis Mary Dunne Medal
Sailesh is an integral part of the academic leadership at MRI‐UQ, an outstanding researcher in his own right and an enabler to the productivity and research capacity linking different research teams together.
His articles are published regularly and prolifically and he has made a significant contribution to the Stillbirth CRE and the Qld Family Cohort study.
Sister Eileen Pollard Medal
David’s work ethic and approach in conquering the hurdles faced have been instrumental in progressing deep brain stimulation.
David is a very compassionate researcher early in his career and very humble with the patients suffering from epilepsy.
Sister Michaeleen Ahern Medal
Sam has made significant contributions to the Mater Research student cohort through: enhancing the competitiveness of HDR scholarship applications; enhancing honours student recruitment; and outstanding supervision of his students.
Sister Madonna Josey Medal
Donna consistently goes above and beyond in her role and has an in-depth knowledge of how Mater works, who to contact and where to go for almost every possible question and problem. She consistently demonstrates the Mercy Values in her professional conduct.
Dr Laurence Catley Clinical Student Award
Despite her busy clinical, UQ teaching and Research team student supervision responsibilities; Jess has been exceptionally productive during her PhD and is joint first author of a manuscript currently under review by The Lancet reporting the results of the RidStress RCT recently completed at the Mater Campus.
Given her achievements and impressive ability to balance her clinical role, mentoring, PhD studies, Jess demonstrates exceptional contributions to Mater Research and the wider community.
Early Career Researcher Award
Dr Sullivan is an outstanding young chemist an although still at an early stage of his career, his intelligence, insightfulness and hard-working nature make it clear to me that he has a bright future and is likely to be a future independent research leader.
He is an outstanding ambassador for Mater Research in the wider community.
Research Higher Degree Biomedical Student Award
Lena has been incredibly productive during this time and is truly an exceptional HDR student, she has demonstrated strong leadership capability relative to opportunity and has organised events and conference to promote engagement and improve culture at Mater Research and beyond.
She is very active in supporting Mater Foundation including raising funds, organising team participation at fundraising events, volunteering at these events and assisting with donor engagement.
Simon & Nell George Award
Vicki is an internationally recognised for research on maternal asthma and pregnancy, birth cohort studies, human placental physiology.
Her project will build a comprehensive data repository about health of Queensland babies and their parents enabling comparison with other major birth cohorts in Australia and understand how parental health impacts babies.
Bill Siganto Award
Dr Radford has developed a novel preclinical prototype vaccine for prostate cancer and in collaboration with Mater clinicians has demonstrated potential benefit to patients using this novel vaccine strategy.
This award will be used to develop key international partnerships and translational pathway to progress a Prostate cancer vaccine.
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