Professor Kim Cornish elected to prestigious Academy of Social Sciences
The official ceremony took place on 19 October 2017 at the Academy’s General Meeting and Annual Symposium in Adelaide.
Professor Cornish’s work has been recognised for significantly advancing research knowledge and developing new approaches in a range of areas pertaining to attention and memory, including Fragile X syndrome, Autism, Williams syndrome, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and Down syndrome.
Professor Cornish also recognises that translational and applied research is a vital part of MICCN, and Monash University, and that it is important to connect with the evolving needs of industry, capture new opportunities, and deliver impact-focused research to the benefits of the community.
Notably, Professor Cornish is the co-inventor of the TALI Attention Training Program, a ground-breaking attention training program for children suffering from attention deficits. Developed in collaboration with industry partners, Grey Innovation and Torus Games, TALI is based on learnings from 25 years of Professor Cornish’s research. TALI has been formally recognised as success in research translation by numerous high-level bodies, including Trade & Investment Victoria – a State Government of Victoria initiative. Through industry collaboration, the Program has been acquired by public-listed medtech company, Novita Healthcare Ltd (formerly Avexa Ltd).
In addition, the recent award of a $759,000 NHMRC Development Grant means that Professor Kim Cornish, in collaboration with Professor Vicki Anderson from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), will be adapting and optimising the TALI TrainTM program modules to extend the program to new populations of children, such as those with Traumatic Brain Injuries. This is notably the largest grant of its kind to have been awarded this year at Monash University.
Professor Cornish was one of four Monash University Professors this year to receive the honour. ASSA President Professor Glenn Withers said the new Fellows had made distinguished contributions in their areas of expertise.
“The advanced understandings brought to all these areas by these scholars helps the nation mightily,” Professor Withers said.
The ASSA promotes excellence in the social sciences in Australia and in their contribution to public policy. It coordinates the promotion of research, teaching and advice in the social sciences, promotes national and international scholarly cooperation across disciplines and sectors, comments on national needs and priorities in the social sciences, and provides advice to governments on issues of national importance.