2020 Victorian Award Winner

A/Prof Aniruddha Desai

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY Research Field: Applied Technology Prof Desai focuses on developing technology-based solutions for important industry and community problems in areas such as transport safety and mobility, energy management, logistics and supply chain, production agriculture and healthcare by undertaking targeted multidisciplinary research across science and engineering. His work involves both experimental as well as…

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A/Prof Francine Marques

MONASH UNIVERSITY Research Field: Heart Disease High blood pressure is the main risk factor for death globally, as it is the underlying cause of most cases of heart attacks and strokes. It is well established that people with high fibre diets also have lower blood pressure, but until recently we did not understand why and…

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Dr Ayse Zengin

MONASH UNIVERSITY Research Field: Epidemiology There is an increase in the ageing population worldwide, and so the number of people with weak bones will also increase, with a corresponding rise in bone fractures. Some ethnic populations are more susceptible to fracture than others, and it’s currently unknown why, or how to best determine who is…

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Dr Anna Ugalde

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY Research Field: Mental Health There are one million cancer survivors in Australia. A diagnosis of cancer can be a distressing event, for both the person who is diagnosed, and their family. As the distress that people face can be managed with access to relevant support and information, it is critically important people receive…

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A/Prof Gary Sacks

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY Research Field: Nutrition A/Prof Gary Sacks is a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and A/Director of the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) in the Institute for Health Transformation (IHT) at Deakin University. Gary’s research aims to support governments and food company leaders to change their policies and practices so that they can help improve…

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Dr Katherine Livingstone

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY Research Field: Nutrition Science An unhealthy diet is a leading risk factor for disease in Australia and globally. Reasons for unhealthy eating include a person’s biology, behaviours and environment, which explains why current "one- size-fits-all" approaches to improving diets are failing. Personalised nutrition designs dietary advice tailored to a person’s characteristics. Dr Livingstone’s…

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Dr Benjamin Henley

MONASH UNIVERSITY Research Field: Climate Science & Water Resources Climate change and risks to global water supplies pose some of the deepest challenges for humanity and Earth’s natural ecosystems. Dr Henley’s research combines advances in high-resolution palaeoclimatology, climate modelling and hydrology to quantify risk. His research underpins the science behind the challenge of ensuring a…

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A/Prof Yuming Guo

MONASH UNIVERSITY Research Field: Climate Science Global environmental change is unprecedented in scale. Human health is a crucial bottom-line indicator of the impacts of global environmental change on human communities. However, a big challenge is to understand how environmental conditions and large-scale changes, especially at both local and global level, influence and perhaps determine the…

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A/Prof Nir Eynon

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY Research Field: Epigenetics, Ageing, & Exercise A key question in biology is to understand why and how we age. Ageing is associated with a progressive loss of muscle function, which is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases. A/Prof Eynon’s group is utilising innovative epigenetic analysis to study the muscle clocks of…

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Dr Rachel Climie

BAKER HEART AND DIABETES INSTITUTE Research Field: Heart Disease Heart disease remains the leading cause of death and disease in Australia and worldwide, causing one death every 12 minutes in Australia. Rachel’s research focuses on preventing heart disease by examining the damage to blood vessels (vascular ageing) in at risk populations, which can be identified…

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