Congratulations to our Health and Medical Research Award finalists

Research Australia announces 2020-21 Annual Health and Medical Research Awards.

As the national peak body for health and medical research, these prestigious awards are a unique celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical innovation bring to each and every one of our lives.

Acknowledging talent and excellence in the sector is not only a key part of Research Australia’s role in advocacy for health and medical research, it is also paramount to encouraging future generations of great researchers.

The Awards are nominated by Research Australia’s members and decided by the Research Australia Awards Subcommittee and Board of Directors. The finalists have now been announced.

We are delighted to congratulate our Monash University finalists for the 2020-21 Awards.

Category: Data Innovation Award

Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, Monash Central Clinical School

  • Nominated By Prof Geoff Webb, Monash University & A/Prof Sharon Chenn, ICPMR, Westmead Hospital.

Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are rare, neglected diseases that target people with low immunity such as cancer patients and people undergoing organ transplants.

Dr Ananda-Rajah and her team are using artificial intelligence software that uses existing radiology images and notes from the hospital to detect and manage IFIs.

National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit led by Associate Professor Debbie Scott, Eastern Health Clinical School and Turning Point

  • Nominated By Georgie Harman, Beyond Blue & Mr Killick-Moran, AIHW

The National Ambulance Surveillance System (NASS) is a globally unique public health surveillance system and a collaboration that draws on expertise, good will and know-how to harness ambulance data to capture detailed information on health harms. Initially developed to understand heroin-related harms in metropolitan Melbourne, the project has grown and expanded to capture national data on alcohol and drug, suicide and self-harm and violence-related ambulance attendances. National Ambulance services provide deidentified extracts of their clinical data to Turning Point where a dedicated team of research assistants read every record and classify them to capture information on alcohol and other drugs, suicide and self-harm, mental health and violence. The data is then analysed by a team of researchers who provide detailed information to the government at local, state and national levels to inform policy and intervention design.

Category: Frontiers Award

Professor Jonathan Baell, Professor Anne Voss & A/Professor Tim Thomas, Monash University & WEHI

  • Nominated by Prof Douglas Hilton, WEHI & Prof Chris Porter, Monash University

The team have developed an entirely new and innovative approach to cancer treatment that essentially puts cancer cells to sleep, without the harmful side effects caused by conventional therapies.

Associate Professor Tim Thomas and Professor Anne Voss from WEHI with Professor Jonathan Baell from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Image supplied by WEHI, taken in 2018.

About Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its foundation, it has developed a reputation for world-leading high-impact research, quality teaching, and inspiring innovation.

With four campuses in Australia and a presence in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Italy, it is one of the most internationalised Australian universities.

As a leading international medical research university with the largest medical faculty in Australia and integration with leading Australian teaching hospitals, we consistently rank in the top 50 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.

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