2021 HMRI Awards for Research Excellence announced
5 November 2021
The HMRI Awards are a celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical research bring to the wellbeing of our community.
The recipients of the 2021 HMRI Awards for Research Excellence are:
* The HMRI Newcastle and Sydney Foundation Research Team Award – The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered team
* Early Career Research Award – Dr Nicole Nathan
* The Mid-Career Research Award – Professor Vanessa McDonald
* The Research Excellence Award – Professor Michael Breakspear
HMRI Director Professor Mike Calford said that while 2021 had been a challenging year, HMRI researchers had continued to excel.
“Our award winners’ tonight are a fantastic example of how the research conducted at HMRI is focused on the needs of our community,” Professor Calford said.
“The work of the DADAE team is empowering young women and improving their health, Dr Nathan is delivering evidence-based interventions to lower childhood obesity, Professor McDonald is developing a new paradigm in airway disorder treatment and Professor Breakspear’s advanced neuroimaging research is unlocking the secrets of the brain to tackle terrible diseases like dementia.”
“All of these researchers are addressing priority health areas for our community and are global research leaders.”
“This year’s awards were streamed live from the HMRI building on Thursday 4 November to virtually celebrate and honour medical research excellence. Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists.”
The HMRI Newcastle and Sydney Foundation Research Team Award
Recognises an outstanding team who has collectively demonstrated excellence in health and medical research for the wellbeing of our communities. Awarded to the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered team.
The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered team is a multi-award-winning education program that targets fathers and father-figures to improve their daughters’ physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing.
This innovative program has been rolled out across Australia and around the world to bring an evidence-based approach that addresses and challenges the culture of gender prejudice.