More than 350 guests filled the Liverpool Catholic Club on Friday at the Ingham Institute’s 6th Annual Awards dinner to celebrate research excellence in south-west Sydney.
John Ingham, son of Mr Bob Ingham AO - a local businessman and philanthropist whose vision was to create a world-class medical research in his home town of south-west Sydney – began the evening by taking guests through a journey of the Institute’s beginnings and the many ground-breaking discoveries to date.
Guests were introduced to the Institute’s Associate Professor Kieran Scott who is leading the world’s first clinical trial of the c2 tablet for patients with advanced prostate cancer, here at Liverpool Hospital.
The Inghams Group showed their support towards medical research as this years’ Proud Event Partner, and sponsor of the Early Career Researcher award, which was presented by Acting CEO Quinton Hildebrand.
Dr Dunja Vekic was awarded the 2018 Early Career Researcher for her work in establishing a dedicated clinic and biobank at Liverpool Hospital for inflammatory skin diseases. The Excellence in Teaching Award recipient Associate Professor Sarah Dennis was recognised for her work in encouraging and supporting clinicians in to research academia.
The prestigious Lady (Mary) Fairfax AC, OBE Distinguished Researcher of the Year award went to Associate Professor Murray Killingsworth for his role in the establishment of the Institute’s Correlative Microscopy Facility.
A research paper by Associate Professor Ajesh George that focused on exploring the poor oral health behaviours of preschool children won the Best Community and Population Health Paper Award.
South West Sydney Research Collaborative Achievement Award recipient, Professor David Simmons was recognised for providing new and additional services to local diabetes patients.
The Perich Group sponsored a new award category which recognised research support; this was awarded to Shirley Cross for her administrative support in the Institute’s Injury and Rehabilitation Research Group.
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