Emergency care expert crowned Young Researcher of the Year

A Monash University emergency care expert has been recognised as Young Researcher of the Year by the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF) for her drive to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.

Dr Janet Bray added the award to a prolific list of accolades at a ceremony this month. The award also included a $5,000 grant towards research-related travel.

Dr Bray is a Senior Research Fellow within the Pre-hospital, Emergency & Trauma Unit of the Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM). She was selected for her work in improving the outcomes for stroke and heart attack patients.

Patients often do not recognise the onset of symptoms, creating delays between when they first experience symptoms, when they seek help, and when and how effectively they receive treatment, according to Dr Bray. Her research has included improving public campaigns to increase awareness of stroke and  heart attack symptoms.

“I am honored and thrilled to have received this competitive award,” Dr Bray said.

“The money will certainly help my plans to present my research at key international conferences next year.”

For her doctoral thesis exploring factors related to prehospital delay in stroke, Dr Bray was awarded a National Heart Foundation Scholarship and received the Alfred Deakin Medal for Best Doctoral Thesis. She currently serves on a number of state and national committees and working groups, society conference  committees and grant review boards.

She is also the recipient of a co-funded NHMRC/NHF Fellowship and is Associate Director of the NHMRC CRE: Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC). Janet holds honorary appointments with The Alfred Hospital and the Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU) at  Curtin University.

Established in 1993, the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF) funds vital research into life threatening, progressive neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's Disease as well as stroke and palliative care.

The BGRF launched the Young Researcher of the Year award initiative in 2010 to reward early to mid-career scientists in the fields of neuroscience and palliative care.