2004 South Australian Award Winner

Professor Alex Grant

University of South Australia Alex was appointed full Professor at 32, the youngest Professor at the UniSA. Alex’s research interests focus on the fundamental limits of information transmission in telecommunications networks and the design of practical coding schemes that approach these limits. Applications of his research to mobile broadband data networks and satellite communications lead…

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Dr Michelle Lane

University of Adelaide and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Michelle is well known in the field of basic and applied embryo research. She reported that the conditions the preimplantation embryo is exposed in vitro can have profound effects on subsequent fetal development. A consequence of this research has been a change in the media formulations used…

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Dr Taher Omari

Women’s & Children’s Hospital Taher was inspired by watching Harry Butler, and decided he wanted to be a biologist. His pathway took a few unexpected turns along the way and instead of studying animals; he ended up studying human physiology. The focus of his research on relfux disease is not over-indulgent adults, but chronic reflux…

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Dr Wayne Piekarski

University of South Australia Wayne’s research work is focused in the areas of augmented reality, computer graphics, and wearable computers. Augmented reality is the process of adding computer generated graphics over a user’s view of the physical world. These graphics appear to the user as being a part of the normal real world, and when…

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Dr Wendy Rogers

Flinders University Wendy is a bioethicist who investigates the moral values that underpin health care and scientific research. Her work focuses on the relationships between moral theories and practical aspects of health care. In her post-doctoral studies, she worked with an international team of researchers investigating ethical issues raised by the use of evidence-based medicine….

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Dr Darryl Russell

University of Adelaide Darryl’s research focuses on the genes and mechanisms through which cells communicate and physically interact as they organise into tissue and organ structures. The ovary uniquely undergoes processes of structural redevelopment with each monthly reproductive cycle which is essential to fertility success. Darryl has identified key genes and their roles during bi-directional…

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Associate Professor Derek Abbott

University of Adelaide Derek is a leading researcher in the area of photonics and vision systems, with an application focus in the area of biomedical and biologically inspired engineering. One of his key projects focuses on the development of safe T-ray (TeraHertz) imaging for biomedical applications – this has the potential to replace X-ray technology…

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Dr Toby Coates

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Toby’s research has focused on dendritic cells, which are crucial antigen presenting cells of the immune system. These cells start the rejection process of kidney transplants, but in certain situations they dampen immune responses and potentially induce tolerance. Toby’s research in the laboratory has focused on how kidney transplant medications affect…

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Dr Adam Fletcher

University of South Australia Adam’s research interests include human sleep, shift work, jet lag and workplace fatigue. This research contributes to our general understanding of sleep and workplace safety and specifically assists organisations to understand the risks associated with shift work, jet lag and fatigue. Much of this work is applied to industry but also…

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