University of Newcastle researchers have won the top two honours at the annual Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Awards Night.
Professor Amanda Baker has been named HMRI Researcher of the Year for 2011, and Dr Mark Baker has received the PULSE Early Career Researcher Award.
The first woman to be named ‘Researcher of the Year’ since HMRI’s inception in 1999, Professor Baker is a clinical psychologist who develops psychological interventions for people suffering co-existing mental health, drug and alcohol problems.
Since her appointment to the University of Newcastle in 1995, she has attracted more than $9 million in research funding, published more than 140 research articles, books and clinician guidelines. Professor Baker is a member of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research.
Dr Mark Baker from the University’s Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science is investigating the basis for male infertility.
He holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council to research sperm motility.
HMRI last night handed out more than $870,000 in support of 33 project grants. It also granted 14 prizes and awards for individual researchers.
Health and medical researchers at the University collaborate with the research programs of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). HMRI is a partnership between the University, Hunter New England Health and the community.
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