Wednesday, 17 August 2016

SPHPM Early Career Researcher publication prize-winners announced










To kick-start the Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) Research Week at Monash University on Monday evening, a welcome reception and awards ceremony was held at Clayton. Guest speakers included the Hon. John Brumby, former Victorian Premier, and Vice President of CSL Limited (Australia’s largest biotech company), Dr Andrea Douglas. 

The seven Early Career Researcher (ECR) Publication Prizes highlight the best researchers MNHS has to offer in categories spanning clinical science, public health research, biomedical science and psychological science.

Along with the presentations of ECR Publication Prizes and the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal, distinguished guest speakers discussed how universities, industry and government can work together to achieve a shared innovation agenda, a key theme for the biennial Research Week at Monash University.

John Brumby’s speech focused on the new drug development joint venture by Monash University and the University of Melbourne, an innovation which combines the biomedical research strengths of Monash and Melbourne Universities in selected therapeutic areas.

The recipient of the ECR Publication Prize for Public Health Research was Dr Jessica Kasza for her publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology on ‘Clustering and residual confounding in the application of marginal structures model: dialysis modality, vascular access and mortality’.

Dr Jessica Kasza is a post-doctoral biostatistician with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (DEPM) at SPHPM and joined the Biostatistics Unit in 2013.

Her current research interests include statistical methods for the comparison of healthcare provider performance, methods for the estimation of multilevel models, the estimation of causal effects and graphical models.

The inaugural Henry Krum ECR Publication Prize for Clinical Sciences was awarded to Dr Carol Hodgson, for her publication in Critical Care on ‘Early mobilisation and recovery in mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU: a bi-national, multi-centre, prospective cohort study’. The award was presented by Lauren Berkowitz, the wife of the late Henry Krum.

Dr Hodgson is leading the Trial of Early Activity and Mobilisation (TEAM), a multi-phase trial of ventilated ICU patients evaluating how early mobilisation influences long-term survival and recovery.

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