2011 Eureka Prize Winners in Research & Innovation

27 September 2011

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian
Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication.

Environmental Research WINNER - The Devils' Advocates

Professor Kathy Belov
Professor Kathy Belov

The multi-disciplinary team that has been researching conservation of the Tasmanian devil. For their research into DFTD and methods of responding to the disease, the team - known as the Devils' Advocates - has won the 2011 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. Associate Professor Kathy Belov, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was part of the team.

Research that Contributes to Animal Protection WINNER - Professor Paul McGreevy's Lab.

Led by Professor McGreevy, researchers at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science have challenged the use of the whip in thoroughbred racing. Indeed, their findings suggest whipping does not increase horses' chances of finishing in the top three and that they actually run faster when they are not being hit. The researchers have proposed an ethical framework for assessing the impact of different equine sports on animal welfare.