Bupa announces award finalists

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Finalists have been selected for Bupa's Emerging Health Researcher Award.

The annual award, offered by the Bupa Health Foundation and now in its sixth year, includes a prize of $5,000 to each of the finalists with the recipient to receive a further $20,000 to advance their research career.

The finalists are being recognised for the following projects:

  • Reducing antibiotics prescribing in general practice;
  • Using technology and social media to identify, treat and prevent mental illness and promote wellbeing in youth;
  • Reducing rates of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Indigenous communities;
  • Enhancing quality of pathology testing in general practice;
  • Precise instrumentation to measure hand tremor, balance, posture, rigidity, and gait in individuals with movement disorders; and
  • Gene-nutrient-environment interactions.

Bupa Health Foundation executive leader, Annette Schmiede, said the 2017 award had a strong focus on research translation.

“More than 120 nominees were proposed by the research community, drawing attention to and celebrating the research achievements of early career scientists, academics and clinicians,” said Ms Schmiede.

“Our 2017 Emerging Researcher Award finalists have already made significant impact on improving healthcare for individuals and populations.

“Continuing to recognise and celebrate this important group of early career researchers is essential to ensuring a vibrant research sector,” she added,

The Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award recipient will be announced on 16 March 2018, at a breakfast event in Sydney.