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Sydney academics win inaugural NHMRC awards


13 December 2007

Professor Iain McGregor from the School of Psychology received an NHMRC Achievement Award from the Health  Minister, Nicola Roxon
Professor Iain McGregor from the School of Psychology received an NHMRC Achievement Award from the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon

Two University of Sydney academics have been recognised in the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Awards which were presented by the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon in Canberra last night.

The awards were designed to show the NHMRC's appreciation to the research and ethics community for their considerable scientific research, innovation and leadership.

Professor Iain McGregor from the School of Psychology received an NHMRC Achievement Award.

Professor McGregor is a neuropsychopharmacologist: a scientist who specialises in studying the effects of drugs on the brain and behaviour.

Australia leads the world in the consumption of drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine and large amounts of other drugs.

He investigates how drugs influence the brain function to produce their short-term euphoric effects; how their long-term use can lead to addiction; increased vulnerability of mental illness and associated long-term changes in brain function.

He aims to transform our understanding of drug abuse and to energise the search for new treatments to assist the millions of Australians who struggle with addictions and addiction-related disease.

Dr Rebecca Ivers from the University of Sydney and the George Institute for International Health also received the inaugural NHMRC Achievement Award, acknowledging her significant contribution towards young drivers and road safety.

Over the past five years Dr Ivers has built a research program that aims to shape health and transport related polity, particularly in the field of road traffic injury prevention.

Dr Ivers' research, which spans Australian and developing countries in the Asia Pacific region, ranges from hypothesis generating observational research to intervention research.

Current Australian projects include a cohort study of 20,000 novice drivers, a large case-control study of heavy vehicle drivers and studies examining the effectiveness and use of motorcycle protective clothing.



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