Awards and Announcements
2103 NMRF Scientific Day Awards
2013 Scientific Grant Winners
It was with pleasure that President Gwen McMaster-Fay, Vice-President Steve Welsh and Council Members of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation attended the Annual Scientific Day at the Nepean Clinical School on 8th November 2013. The continued generosity of our local Philanthropists, Service clubs and Community members has once again allowed the Nepean Medical Research Foundation to provide $106,780 for local Medical Research.
2013 NMRF Winning Grant Recipients
2013 NMRF Winning Grant Recipients
Dr Vlasios Brakoulias - New Australasian Psychiatry Journal Editor
Dr Bill Brakoulias has been appointed the editor of Australasian Psychiatry which is a publication of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (see attached extract from the college).
I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Bill on his appointment, which is well deserved and a prestigious appointment.
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RANZCP Announcement 24Sep2013
Dr Benjamin Tang
Dr Benjamin Tang, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Intensive Care Medicine Unit, located at Nepean Hospital, will investigate the causes of influenza pneumonia after being awarded a prestigious, and highly competitive, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Award of $75,000 for his project entitled ‘Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of severe influenza pneumonia’.
A step closer to beating the Flu
Krishanthi Gunaratnam obtained one of the competitive UPA (University Postgraduate Award) Scholarships.
Krishanthi is a PhD student working in the Ageing Bone Program.
Dr Habib Bhurawala - Excellent in Mentoring Award - 2013 by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical and Professional Practice category.
Dr Habib Bhurawala, Staff Specialist/ Clinical Lecturer Paediatrics, has been awarded "Excellent in Mentoring Award" for 2013 by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical and Professional Practice category.
“I feel this award is not a personal award but a recognition of excellent teaching and mentoring support we provide in general at Nepean Hospital and Sydney Medical School Nepean, to our junior doctors/trainees and medical students and in particular Department of Paediatrics. I hope this will encourage other clinicians/team members/academics to provide more support and mentoring to trainees/students within their respective departments.”
Dr Habib Bhurawala
The following link shows the award page on the RACP website which gives detailed information about award selection process and how competitive it is (one award in each category between Australia/NZ) and also only one award across whole RACP, various faculties and divisions (Adult Medicine division, Paediatrics division, occupational health, environmental health, sexual health to name few).
link to RACP website
Australian Sonographer of the Year - Dr Ann Quinton
Dr Ann Quinton, AMS,BApplSc(MRS)MHlthSc(ultrasonography)PhD(medicine) received the Australian Sonographer of the Year, Pru Patten Award at the ASA (Australian Sonographer’s Association) Awards on Saturday night.
Sonographers are nominated from each state in Australia. From the nominations, one person is awarded the State Sonographer of the Year Award. From these state awards, the Australian award is decided.
Congratulations to Ann, an excellent Sonographer, who combines her ultrasound work with research, teaching and community work. Ann is Senior Sonographer with the Nepean Centre for Perinatal Care, Nepean Hospital and Research Fellow with the University of Sydney.
Finalist for NSW Minister for Health / Investec Registrar of the Year - Dr Steven Joung
Dr Steven Joung was the Nepean Blue Mountains finalist for NSW Minister for Health / Investec Registrar of the Year
Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner Awards
Nepean had three awards presented at this year’s Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner held in McLauren Hall on 9th April.
Professor Gustavo Duque - Professor of Medicine Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine & Director, Ageing Bone Research Program - received the prestigious inaugural Professor Philip Sambrook Award from Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.
Ms Sandra Bermeo - PhD student in the Aging Bone Program – received the Young Investigator Award and the prestigious President’s Poster Competition Awards from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Ms Rhonda Willis – Executive Assistant for Nepean Clinical School – received the Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff.
Dr. Christopher Vidal PhD - Research Officer Ageing Bone Research Program, won the RM Gibson Scientific Research Award from the Australian Association of Gerontology for his project entitled : “Development of a new biomarker for the diagnosis of frailty in older persons”
Chris also received a Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation equipment/research grant for his project entitled: “The role of the nuclear envelope in age-related bone loss”
Summer Student Award
We congratulate Allison Grech for being a finalist for the Deans Award for her Summer Scholarship project entitled"Hormones and the Risk of Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer: A Meta-analysis” in the discipline of surgery under the supervision of Associate Professor Guy Eslick.
This is a great achievement to be selected from 80 students. Well Done!
Ms Priyanka Dixit
Nepean Medical Graduate Priyanka Dixit from won the RANZCOG Women's Health Award prize for 2012 for her Honours project entitled “How common is pelvic floor muscle atrophy after vaginal birth”
The RANZCOG Women's Health Award was established in 2005 by the offer of an annual donation from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is awarded for the best Honours project in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
2012 Stages1-4 Prizes
The 2012 Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff
The Nepean Clinical School Education Team which consists of Biren Singh, Narelle Brown, Sarah Whereat and Tegan Bellamy won the 2012 Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff
Associate Professor Gustavo Duque
Gustavo has been selected as the first winner of the Phil Sambrook Award from Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) www.osteoporosis
It is a fitting honour that Gustavo is the first awardee of this prestigious Award.
The American Geriatrics Society 2012 New Investigator Award
Dr. Oddom Demontiero was selected as the winner of one of the prestigious 2012 New Investigator Awards from the American Geriatrics Society which is rarely given to non-Americans
Sandra, one of Gustavo's PhD students, has won the Presidential Poster Competition at the last meeting of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in Minneapolis. This is a very competitive award considering that more than 2,000 posters were presented at that meeting. Sandra gained the highest score for her poster entitled: Inhibition of Fatty Acid Synthase as a new treatment for osteoporosis in oophorectomized mice.