Triple treat for UON: Young Tall Poppies

Thursday, 29 September 2016


Three innovative University Of Newcastle and HMRI researchers will be awarded the prestigious title of Young Tall Poppy in the science awards ceremony at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science on Thursday September 29, 2016.

The Australian Institute of Policy & Science awards recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators in both research and raising awareness of science.

Thirteen bright young researchers from New South Wales showcase the diversity of research being carried out across the state. From the development of new solar technologies, to the targeted delivery of medicines, these bright young scientists are working at the cutting edge of research.

The Tall Poppy awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. The awards are held on a state by state basis to celebrate researchers across science, engineering and mathematics.

“These Tall Poppies are already showing great promise here in NSW,” said AIPS General Manager, Ms Camille Thomson. “We are excited to see them become the guiding lights of science to future generations of enquiring minds.” She said

As part of the Young Tall Poppy campaign, award winners will spend a year sharing their knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community through workshops, seminars and public lectures.

About UON’s Young Tall Poppies.

Dr Tracy Burrows is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and has a research focus on the science of food addiction. Dr Burrow’s research investigates whether humans can become addicted to certain foods, particularly those highly processed foods seen as major contributors to overweight and obesity. Tracy’s background in obesity and dietary assessment provides her with a unique perspective as addiction research is predominantly pursued by psychologists and animal‐based researchers.

Dr Adam Collison is an immunologist who is focussing on identifying and treating allergies. Dr Collison’s research has focused on identification of new therapeutic targets and molecular biomarkers to better assist in the identification and treatment of asthma and food allergy. He aims to undertake cutting edge research in close collaboration with other scientists and medical doctors, to develop better diagnostics and treatments for these common and debilitating diseases.

Dr Susan Hua is a clinical pharmacist with a focus on nanomedicines for therapeutic targeting. Dr Hua’s research is in the cutting‐edge field of therapeutic targeting through the use of nanotechnology. Susan’s research involves designing and manufacturing “vehicles or carriers” that we can load these medicines into, and then modify the surface of the vehicles to act like a “GPS” to direct the cargo to the site of disease.

Young Tall Poppies are nominated by their peers and are early career researchers who have under ten year’s post-doctoral experience. Selection is based on research achievement and leadership potential. Over 500 young scientists have been honoured nationally since the awards were established in 2000.

Congratulations to our Young Tall Poppies - you're an inspiration.