2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards celebrated

The unsung heroes of Australian medical research were celebrated this month at the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards & Networking Lunch held at the VCCC on 9 November.

While research-active health professionals – doctors, nurses and allied health workers – are needed to translate basic biomedical research to the frontline of clinical practice, they do face challenges. Heavy clinical workloads, lack of funding and a lack of institutional support for research activity combine to make engaging in research more and more difficult for hospital-based researchers.

In 2010, Biomedical Research Victoria established the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) to provide a voice for this group, and to advocate on their behalf and for change aimed at improving the capacity for clinicians to conduct research. To recognise and support some of those who have committed themselves to careers as clinician scientists, BioMedVic presents a series of annual awards.

One of the challenges facing clinician researchers is access to mentorship, which inspired the criteria for the BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award. Nominations are not only assessed on the nominee’s track record in clinical studies but also on their achievement in mentoring other clinician researchers. This year, BioMedVic was pleased to honour and present this award to Prof Monica Slavin, an internationally recognised Infectious Diseases physician, specialising in the identification of risk factors and the early diagnosis and prevention of infection in cancer patients.

At the award presentation, her nominator, Prof Karin Thursky spoke about what inspired her to nominate Prof Slavin and A/Prof Leon Worth, one of Monica’s mentees, recalled how her mentorship shaped his career as a clinician researcher.

Thrilled to have had her career recognised with this Award, Prof Slavin inspired the audience with a sincere and entertaining presentation on the story of her career thus far and with her advice to upcoming clinician researchers.

Her words were especially well received by the four recipients of the BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Awards.

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent presented the winners and commendees in the Medical and Allied Health Categories with certificates and prizes, and spoke about the bright future facing these promising researchers. Networking continued over lunch, which was kindly sponsored by the National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC).

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the 2017 winners of the BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Awards:

Dr Brett Manley | Royal Women’s Hospital – Winner Medical Category

Dr Catherine Granger | Royal Melbourne Hospital & University of Melbourne – Winner Allied Health Category

Dr Kiryu Yap | St Vincent’s Institute & St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne – Commendation Medical Category

Dr Bao Nguyen | University of Melbourne – Commendation Allied Health Category

Read about the outstanding work of these Victorian clinician scientists here.

We look forward to celebrating many more such achievements in future years.

BioMedVic VCRN Awards Celebrate Leaders in Clinical Research

The unsung heroes of Australian medical research were applauded loudly last Thursday, as BioMedVic held the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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THE ROYAL WOMEN’S HOSPITAL MELBOURNE

The Royal Women’s Hospital does more than support the health of Melbourne locals – it is a hub of active research aimed at improving health outcomes for women and children in Victoria and globally.

Over 3,000 patients are currently participating in 62 clinical trials throughout the hospital’s services in nine research centres. The hospital’s recently released 2015 Research Report “Discoveries improving care for women and babies” showcases this research leadership. The Report includes details of the hospital’s clinical trials and translational research in newborn and cancer research, as well as in gynaecology, pregnancy, mental health, infectious diseases, midwifery and maternity, anaesthetics and allied health. Continue reading

2016 ECCR Award winners and commendees

Congratulations to the VCRN 2016 Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) Award winners and commendees!

Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria, presented this year’s Awards at the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Thursday 8 December.

Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Simon Joosten | Monash Health, Monash University

Dr Joosten is a respiratory and sleep medicine specialist based at Monash Health and an early career research fellow at Monash University, School of Clinical Sciences. He is an outstanding clinician scientist and committed to a translational program set to change the treatment approach for over a million Australians who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Joosten will use the Award to support his travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where he has been invited to present a lecture on the role of body position in obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Jeanette Tamplin | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Tamplin is a music therapist based at Austin Health and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has studied the effects of therapeutic singing intervention on respiratory function and voice for people with quadriplegia, as well as for improving speech in Parkinson’s or stroke patients. This year, she started on a NHMRC-ARC funded Dementia Research Fellowship to explore the benefits of therapeutic choir participation for early-mid stage dementia patients. Dr Tamplin is committed to translating her research outcomes into clinical practice and to educate the public on the benefits of music participation. She plans to use the Award to travel to the 2017 World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan to present her work.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Yet Hong Khor | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Khor is a respiratory and sleep physician based at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health and is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She is an outstanding physician and promising clinician scientist, studying the role of supplemental oxygen therapy for patients with interstitial lung disease to improve the disease’s understanding and management. Dr Khor is dedicated to continue working as a clinician researcher and will use the Award to support her travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where she will present the findings of her study.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Alice Burnett | Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Dr Burnett is a neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Neonatal Medicine Department and a postdoctoral fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. As an emerging leader in the newborn medicine research, both Dr Burnett’s clinical and research roles have a common goal – to support the health development of children born with medical challenges. Dr Burnett studies how cognitive and behavioural difficulties present and relate to brain development in children born prematurely and is working to identify early-life predictors that can help clinicians monitor and support development. Dr Burnett will use the Award to travel to the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco to present her work.

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2016 VCRN Career Recognition Award – Prof Leonard Harrison

Awarded to Professor Leonard C Harrison
Director, Burnet Clinical Research Unit and Consultant Immunologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Professor, Population Health and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

 

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the recipient of the 2016 VCRN Career Recognition Award – Prof Leonard Harrison.

Prof Harrison was one of the pioneers of research on the immune pathogenesis, pre-clinical diagnosis, prediction and prevention of type 1 diabetes in Australia.

He established immune and metabolic testing for individuals with pre-clinical type 1 diabetes, which is now practiced at major paediatric centres. He also changed the paradigm to type 1 diabetes being recognised as an immune disease which laid the groundwork for his prevention trials and for a major reduction in the risk for life-threatening clinical presentation with ketoacidosis.

Beyond his translational research, Prof Harrison has made several basic discoveries, including the mechanism of beta-cell destruction, insulin-induced immune tolerance and epigenetic mechanisms in human T cells.

He has supervised over 40 postgraduate students, many of which have become leaders in their fields of science.

His colleague and nominator, Prof Ingrid Winship, named Prof Harrison an “exemplar” clinician scientist and mentor, stressing that his discoveries and mentorship contributed significantly to Australia’s strength in type 1 diabetes research.

The Award was presented by BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent during the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event.

2014 VCRN Career Recognition Award – Prof Euan Wallace

Awarded to Professor Euan M Wallace, AM
Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University
Director, Obstetric Services, Monash Health

 

Approximately 80 guests attended the 2014 VCRN Career Recognition Award ceremony was hosted by BioMedVic with Monash Health at which Professor Euan Wallace AM was honoured.

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VCRN 2015 Early Career Clinician Researcher

The 2015 Early Career Clinician Researcher Award winners and commendees.

2015 ECCR Awards – Winners and Commendees

Congratulations to the VCRN 2015 Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) award winners and commendees. The inaugural ECCR awards were announced and presented by Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor, at a VCRN Forum at the AMREP Education Centre on Thursday 12 November.

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2014 VCRN Career Recognition Award

20614151006_7dc8bed96e_oAwarded to Professor Euan M Wallace, AM
Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University
Director, Obstetric Services, Monash Health

Professor Euan M Wallace of Monash Health was honoured for his outstanding record in clinical research and research training with a Career Recognition Award by the VCRN and BioMedVic. In a theatre full of misty-eyed audience members, Professor Wallace dedicated the award to his wife, Karen who he said has been the most important person in his career. “Work is my life, it’s who I am. I love my work and it’s a privilege to come here to work every day,” he said.

Professor Wallace said the highlight of his career has been “growing the next generation of clinician-researchers”. “Clinicians who undertake research come back to us in the health service as better doctors, even if they don’t pursue a career in research.”

Professor Euan Wallace exemplifies the clinician researcher, with active concurrent leadership roles in healthcare delivery, research, and education. Indeed, in these roles he has aligned the three pillars of what we now know as the academic health science centre, namely clinical practice, research, and education, well ahead of this concept being more widely promulgated. Under Euan’s leadership, the provision of obstetrics and gynaecology services has advanced greatly at Monash Health whilst he has led one of Victoria’s great research success stories – The Ritchie Centre – and continued with his own innovative research program while mentoring tomorrow’s scientists and clinician scientists. In short, Euan is one of Australia’s leading clinician researchers.”- Professor Eric Morand MBBS (Hons) FRACP Ph.D., Head of School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University


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VCRN Forum: Help for the Desperate – Statistics for Clinical Researchers!

Understanding biostatistics was certainly a topic that resonated with clinician researchers, with the latest forum attracting a large crowd of over 120 to St Vincent’s Hospital on 7 November.

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