The University of Newcastle, Australia

Researches shine as Australia’s brightest minds recognised

Friday, 30 September 2016

Three University of Newcastle (UON) researchers have been recognised for their outstanding work in the field of scientific discovery at the prestigious 2016 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Dr Tracy Burrows, Dr Adam Collison and Dr Susan Hua from UON made up three of the 13 award recipients at the ceremony, held on Thursday 29 September at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science in Sydney.

Further to her award, Dr Tracy Burrows was also recognised as the NSW Young Tall Poppy of the year, an outstanding achievement fueled by her cutting-edge research into food addiction.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor Kevin Hall, said the Young Tall Poppy awards were fantastic recognition of the world-class research being produced by the budding talent at UON.

“Awards like the Young Tall Poppy are a testament to the achievements of our emerging innovators. We are proud to house some of the brightest minds in research and innovation, and look forward to the recipients continuing their groundbreaking work in scientific advancement,” he said.

The young Tall Poppy Awards, run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.

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.

  • Dr Tracy Burrows, Nutrition and Dietetics

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, Immunology / Microbiology

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. His aim is 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, Therapeutic Targeting and Translational Nanopharmaceutics

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.


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