2018 Australian Capital Territory's Award Winner

Dr Edward Simpson

Australian National University Research Field: Nuclear Physics Nuclear collisions provide a testing ground for fundamental quantum mechanics, with applications in astrophysics, nuclear fusion, new element discovery, and particle beam cancer therapy. Dr Simpson’s research is focussed on the theory and modelling of nuclear collisions, and in understanding how the internal structure of nuclei influences nuclear…

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Dr Anne Bruestle

Australian National University Research Field: Medical Research/Immunology Dr Bruestle’s research focuses on a type of adaptive immune cell called T helper 17 (Th17) cells, which are found in multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions and play an important role in disease development. To study MS, we use a model known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), in which…

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Dr Vini Gautam

Australian National University Research Field: Biomedical Engineering Damage to the brain due to an accident, stroke, tumour, infection, or neurodegenerative diseases results in cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities, which affect millions of people in Australia and the world. Brain damage disrupts the neural circuit connections in the brain. However, unlike other cells in the body,…

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Dr Erin Walsh

Australian National University Research Field: Population Health It is well established that ageing is associated with brain atrophy, particularly in adulthood. After age 60, the typical adult brain atrophies ≈0.5% per year. This constitutes substantial cumulative volume loss. In one decade, the brain atrophies approximately 54ml, 5% of total volume. A diagnosis of type 2…

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Dr Bryan Lessard

CSIRO Research Field: Entomology The classification of Australian horse flies ceased in the 1980s, despite being vectors of disease in Australia. By combining traditional taxonomy with contemporary DNA sequencing and high-resolution photography, Dr Lessard produced the first phylogeny for southern hemisphere horse flies, and described one new tribe, two new genera and 18 new species….

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