Ingham Institute’s 6th Annual Awards Dinner Recognises Research Excellence in South West Sydney
Over 350 guests filled the Liverpool Catholic Club on Friday at the Ingham Institute’s 6th Annual Awards dinner on Friday 16th November to celebrate research excellence in South West Sydney.
Mr John Ingham, son of Mr Bob Ingham AO – a local businessman and philanthropist whose vision was to create a world-class medical research in his home town of South West Sydney, commenced the evening by taking guests through a journey of the Institute’s beginnings and the many ground-breaking discoveries to date.
Guests were introduced to the Institute’s A/Prof Kieran Scott who is leading the world’s first clinical trial of the c2 tablet for patients with advanced prostate cancer, here at Liverpool Hospital.
The Inghams Group Ltd, who are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year, acknowledged their long-standing local history. The Inghams Group further showed their support towards medical research as this years’ Proud Event Partner, and sponsor of the Early Career Researcher award, which was presented by Acting CEO, Mr Quinton Hildebrand.
Dr Dunja Vekic was awarded the 2018 Early Career Researcher for her work in establishing a dedicated clinic and biobank at Liverpool Hospital for inflammatory skin diseases. The Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, A/Prof Sarah Dennis was recognised for her work in encouraging and supporting clinicians in to research academia.
The prestigious Lady (Mary) Fairfax AC, OBE Distinguished Researcher of the Year, A/Prof Murray Killingsworth, was awarded for his role in the establishment of the Institute’s Correlative Microscopy Facility. The facility has 3D electron microscopes which allows scientists to look into cells on a nano level and how they contribute to the disease process.
A research paper that focussed on exploring the poor oral health behaviours of preschool children from an urban South Western Sydney, Aboriginal community won the Best Community and Population Health Paper Award which was sponsored by the Liverpool Catholic Club. The findings were published by A/Prof Ajesh George, head of the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes, Research and Translation at the Institute.
The South West Sydney Research Collaborative Achievement Award recipient, Prof. David Simmons was recognised for providing new and additional services to local Diabetes patients through the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit in the local health district hospitals.
The Perich Group sponsored a new award category which recognised research support; this was awarded to Ms Shirley Cross for her administrative support in the Institute’s Injury and Rehabilitation Research Group.
Founded by the community, for the community, the Institute’s award-winning researchers are not only working tirelessly to transform health services and systems, but also inspiring and leading the next generation of scientists and medical professionals locally and beyond.