Awards for medical researchers with great ideas

The AMRF Distinguished Scientist Award

This award, honours prominent Medical Research Scientists at Austin Health.

For more details about Austin LifeSciences ResearchFest and the awards click on the following link ResearchFest.

The impressive list of recipients illustrates the calibre of research at Austin Health.

  • 2000 Professor Ian McKenzie 

  • 2001 Professor Ken Hardy

  • 2002 Professor Samuel Berkovic

  • 2003 Professor William Louis

  • 2004 Professor Arthur Shulkes

  • 2005 Professor George Jerums

  • 2006 Professor Geoffrey Donnan

  • 2007 Professor Rinaldo Bellomo

  • 2008 Professor Ego Seeman

  • 2009 Professor Louise Burrell

  • 2010 Professor Mary Galea

  • 2011 Professor David Hare 

  • 2012 Professor Ingrid Scheffer

  • 2013 Professor Joseph Proietto

  • 2014 Professor Andrew Scott

  • 2015 Professor Peter Angus

  • 2016 Professor Julie Bernhardt

  • 2017 Professor Christopher Rowe

  • 2018 Professor Susan Walker

  • 2019 Professor Jeffrey Zajac

  • 2020 Professor Graeme Jackson

  • 2021 Professor Jonathan Cebon

  • 2022 David Story

To be considered for nominations, the nominee must:

  • Be a senior medical research scientist with an international reputation

  • Be a Head of a Department or Research Group

  • Have made a significant contribution to medical research

  • Have fostered young medical research scientists and have supervised postgraduate students.

Nominations are welcome from any member of staff.

The AMRF Young Investigator Award 

This award encourages a young researcher to further his/her research career by enabling attendance at a national or international scientific meeting or at a relevant professional development course.

For more details about Austin LifeSciences ResearchFest  and the awards

click on the following link ResearchFest

Past recipients (and research topic):

  • 2008 Cherie Chiang (Mineralisation and bone resorption are regulated by the androgen receptor in male mice)

  • 2009 Danya Vears (SCARB2 mutations in progressive myolconus epilepsy without renal failure)

  • 2010 Phuong Phan (Walking on level and sloped surfaces following stroke)

  • 2011 Clare Whitehead (Measuring hypoxia-induced mRNA in maternal blood to detect fetal hypoxia in-utero)

  • 2012 Natasha Holmes (Organism factors associated with elevated vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentration in Staphlococcus aureus bacteraemia)

  • 2013 Fiona Brownfoot (Pravastatin quenches oxysterol-induced upregulation of soluble endoglin in primary endothelial cells: a potential therapeutic for preeclampsia)

  • 2014 Jennifer Cori (The effect of arousal and subsequent hypocapnia on genioglossus muscle activity in obstructive sleep apnea)

  • 2015 Jessie Chieh-Hsin Yang (Identification and characterisation of genes influencing insulin secretion and glycaemic variability in mice and men)

  • 2016 Salvatore Mangiafico (Untangling The Role Of The Alzheimer's Protein Tau In Type 2 Diabetes)

  • 2017 Riley Morrow (Manipulating Myc expression as a novel therapeutic strategy for gastric cancer)

  • 2018 Dinali Fernando (Advanced glycation end products (AGEs)derived from diets have more impact on the progression of fatty liver disease than endogenously derived AGEs)

  • 2019 Teresa MacDonald (Increasing fetal growth velocity increases the risk of shoulder dystocia among non-macrosomic foetuses)

  • 2020 Zimeng Ye (Cerebrospinal Fluid Liquid Biopsy for Detection of Somatic Mosaicism in Brain.

  • 2021 Linda Dalic (Electrical Stimulation of Thalamic centromedian nucleus for Epilepsy of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (ESTEL): a randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled epilepsy treatment trial)

  • 2022 Emerson Keenan (Using artificial intelligence to reliably extract the fetal heart rate using non-invasive fetal electrocardiography)

  • 2023 Thomas Rollinson (Magnitude and time to peak oxygenation effect of prone positioning in ventilated adults with COVID-19 related acute lung injury​)

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