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Renowned 2018 Gottschalk Medal awarded to MICCN researcher

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17 November 2017

gottschalk-medalOutstanding contributions to science have been recognised by the Australian Academy of Science with 18 of Australia’s leading scientists and future superstars receiving prestigious 2018 honorific awards.

MICCN’s Associate Professor Alexander Fornito was among those recognised, being the proud recipient of the 2018 Gottschalk Medal. The Gottschalk Medal recognises the contributions to science by the late Professor A Gottschalk, FAA, through outstanding research in the medical sciences by researchers up to 10 years post-PhD in the calendar year of nomination.

Associate Professor Fornito was awarded for his work in interpreting how disruptions of brain connectivity can lead to mental illness.

“We use brain imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging, in combination with mathematical modelling, molecular genetics and psychological assessments, to understand how the brain works in both health and disease,” Associate Professor Fornito said. “A major focus of our work is on understanding how the brain functions as an integrated network. We develop new tools for mapping brain network connectivity and we use these tools to chart how brain dynamics respond to different cognitive challenges; to characterise how genes influence the large-scale organisation of brain networks; and to map how brain connectivity is disrupted by mental illness.

“It is a real honour to receive the 2018 Gottschalk Medal. Our research is truly a team effort, and I owe a great debt to the wonderful students, research fellows and collaborators that I have had the opportunity to work with over the years. I am also very grateful for all the support that MICCN and Monash provide. We look forward to continuing our work to shed light on how the brain works and to tackle the massive burden posed by mental illness.”

President of the Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes, congratulated all the award winners for their inspiring research.

“Research by this year’s awardees is addressing some of society’s biggest challenges and also changing the world for the better. It is absolutely crucial that we continue to recognise and support their outstanding contributions so that people continue to be reminded of the important role of science for humankind,” Professor Holmes said.

MICCN congratulates Associate Professor Fornito on his achievement.

For more information on Associate Professor Alex Fornito’s research, please contact him on t: 03 9902 9796, e: Alex.Fornito@monash.edu.

More information on the other outstanding contributions to science can be found here.

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