Excellence awards honour M+BS vision

2 Dec 2014

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences last night held its inaugural excellence awards to honour the people who embody the faculty’s vision of being the best in Australia and among the best in the world.

Faculty Executive Dean Professor Nicholas Fisk said the award winners each had outstanding attributes that fulfilled that vision.

"UQ’s Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is positioned to be a major force in medical education and translational research in Australia, empowered by teaching excellence and driven by discovery,” Professor Fisk said.

“This awards ceremony was our opportunity to recognise our researchers, teachers, clinicians, professional staff and industry who have excelled in their area of expertise.”

There were 14 award winners.

  • Professor John Prins, Mater Research Institute-UQ director, won the M+BS Excellence in Leadership Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in 2014.
  • Associate Professor Peter Nolan, a School of Medicine Academic Title Holder and head of the Internal Medicine Unit at Toowoomba Base Hospital, won the M+BS Excellence in Clinical Contribution.
  • Ms Mina Singh, Faculty Student and Academic Administration Manager, won the M+BS Professional Staff Excellence Award.
  • The M+BS Faculty Office won the M+BS Excellence in Workplace Culture Award for  building a strong, supportive workplace culture where individuals flourish.
  • Ms Janelle Miles, award-winning News Ltd journalist, won the M+BS Excellence in Media Engagement Award in recognition of her ability to take complex health and medical issues and turn them into stories that can be understood by the person on the street.
  • Professor Peter Sly, from the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, won one of two M+BS Senior Research Excellence Awards for his work on understanding paediatric lung disease.
  • Professor Len Gray, from the School of Medicine, won the second M+BS Senior Research Excellence Award for his focus on aged-care policy, models of aged-care service delivery, assessment and care planning systems, and in recent years, e-health and telemedicine strategies.
  • Professor Peter Davies, Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, won one of two M+BS Research Supervision Excellence Awards for providing exceptional training for research students. 
  • Professor Ros Boyd, the School of Medicine’s Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre director, won the second M+BS Research Supervision Excellence Award, again for providing exceptional training for research students.
  • Dr Genevieve Healy, from the School of Population Health, won the M+BS Early-Mid Career Research Excellence Award in recognition of her ground-breaking work on the health implications of too much sitting.
  • Associate Professor Diann Eley, MBBS Research Program coordinator, won the M+BS Senior and Early Mid-Career Teaching Excellence Award for providing educational excellence for students by influencing, motivating and inspiring students.
  • Mr Adam Rolley, the School of Medicine’s Paramedic Sciences Program director, won the M+BS Early-Mid Career Teaching Excellence Award for creating, developing and delivering an innovative paramedic sciences program.
  • Associate Professor Conrad Sernia, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, won the M+BS Excellence in International Engagement Award for being one of the faculty’s leading lights in international research and RHD engagement, providing opportunities for international student and research exchanges.
  • Shimadzu, a leader in the development of advanced technologies to further enhance drug discovery and clinical diagnostics, won the M+BS Excellence in Industry Engagement Award for its partnership with UQ’s Centre for Clinical Research to promote excellence in research.

Media: Bernadette Condren, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences media manager, +61 7 3346 5309, b.condren@uq.edu.au