Award-winners call the south-west home

Ingham Institute announced the winners of five prestigious awards at the 5th Annual Ingham Institute Awards Dinner held last Friday at Liverpool Catholic Club.

Keynote speaker Professor Ian Harris is co-leader of the Institute’s Orthopaedic Research Group and winner of this years’ Research Australia’s Health Services Award for his work into investigating and guiding Australia’s healthcare systems’ approach to the prevention and care of hip fractures.

The prestigious Lady Mary Fairfax Distinguished Researcher Award winners were Professor Soon Lee and Professor Minoti Apte. Group leader of the Institute’s Pancreatic Research Group, Professor Apte was the first in the world to isolate pancreatic stellate cells and is a passionate advocate for women in science careers. Soon Lee is Professor and Chair of Pathology at Western Sydney University (WSU) and also Conjoint Professor at UNSW’s South Western Sydney Clinical School. Professor Lee is a pathologist at Liverpool Hospital working across gastrointestinal, breast, pancreatic-biliary, head and neck and prostate cancers. Liverpool Catholic Club’s 2016 Scholarship recipient, Sarah Jeffreys, gave an inspiring presentation on her PhD study into developing a blood test that will detect circulating tumour cells in early breast cancer.

The Institute’s Psycho-Oncology Research Group took home two awards, Best Community Paper sponsored by the Liverpool Catholic Club, and South West Sydney Research’s Annual Prize. Dr Ben Smith’s winning paper identified that the lower trial participation by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) cancer patients is largely due to language barriers, while Professor Afaf Girgis’ was awarded for her work on the PROMPT-Care, eHealth reporting platform for cancer patients.

Dr Jane Kohlhoff,a senior lecturer at UNSW Sydney’s School of Psychiatry, won the Early Career Researcher Award for her research projects in the areas of perinatal, infant and early childhood mental health. The worthy recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award was A/Professor Bronwyn Everett who has committed over 25 years to nursing education.  

The Institute’s award-winning researchers are not only working tirelessly to transform health services and systems, but also inspiring and leading the next generation of scientists and medical professionals towards a healthier Australia.

Ingham Institute, Liverpool

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