South West Sydney Research congratulates our researchers from across the district who were presented with awards at the SWSLHD and Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and Teaching Awards on Wednesday 19 October.
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The main prize of the evening was the Lady Mary Fairfax Distinguished Researcher Award which went to Professor Jeremy Wilson. This award recognises an individual who has made a very large contribution to research in the south west of Sydney. Jeremy is a very worthy recipient of this award given his internationally recognised contribution to the discipline of pancreatology and his role in developing research in south western Sydney over a number of years. Jeremy accepted the Award on behalf of the Pancreatic Research Group and paid tribute to his long-term collaborators Professors Ron Pirola and Minoti Apte.
The SWSLHD Mid-Career Support Program provides $60,000 per year for three years to a single researcher to further develop their academic activities. Dr Hima Vedam from the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Liverpool Hospital is a very worthy recipient.
The SWSLHD Early Career Researchers Program provides support for both travel and infrastructure for the recipient and funds to support a senior researcher to mentor the early career researcher. Three recipients of the Program were awarded this year including Drs Karen Wong, Michael Jameson and Amy Walker.
Other major awards went to Dr Amit Arora who won the Liverpool City Council Early Career Researcher prize; along with the SWSLHD Excellence in Teaching Prize to A/Professor Kevin Spring.
Ms Suzanne Lydiard was awarded the Research Director’s PhD Scholarship for her project investigating the clinical feasibility of treating atrial fibrillation with non-invasive cardiac radio surgery using real-time motion compensation and beam targeting on an MRI-Linac.
A/Professor Josephine Chow received the Liverpool Catholic Club Best Community Paper prize for RENEW – a renal redesign project in pre dialysis patient care.
Two new prizes were awarded with A/Professor Therese Becker receiving the Liverpool Catholic Club CCDR Research Award; and Professor Iain Gosbell awarded the South West Sydney Research Hub prize for a project aimed at reducing diabetic lower extremity amputations that result from uncontrolled infection.
A number of grants were also awarded including sponsored breast cancer (Dr Mariana Sousa), diabetes (Drs Namson Lay and Melissa Leung) and mental health (Dr Alvin Tay and A/Professor Jack Chen) grants.
These awards are yet another opportunity to celebrate the enormous commitment being made to academic medicine and healthcare in south western Sydney.
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