Markus Hofer Wins the 2014 Selby Research Award

22 September 2014

Markus Hofer has been awarded one of two 2014 Selby Research Awards. This award is given by the Faculty of Science to an academic within five years of their first appointment as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the physical, chemical or biochemical disciplines to establish their research career.

The Selby award aims to assist an outstanding academic to establish their research career, and consists of a prize of $14,650 to support research costs.

Markus' application for the Selby Award requested support for a project on characterizing diet-induced inflammatory changes in the brain and their role in neurodegeneration. Neurodegenerative diseases pose a significant challenge to Australia's aging population. Recent evidence suggests that certain diets may promote the development of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.