UQ’s finest researchers awarded

19 Sep 2019

Finding new treatment methods to help children with cerebral palsy and Indigenous partnerships in telehealth have been recognised as two of The University of Queensland’s leading research projects at the 2019 Research Week Awards.

UQ Child Health Research Centre's Dr Leanne Sakzewski was awarded for her research looking into effective therapies for infants and children with cerebral palsy.

“Treatments have dramatically evolved over the last 20 years, and nowadays therapists are faced with many different treatment options to help children with cerebral palsy use their hands, move and develop independence in everyday life activities,” Dr Sakzewski said.

“I’ll be evaluating data from all available clinical trials of effective treatments and my goal is to develop treatment guidelines to enhance independence, participation, inclusion and quality of life for children with cerebral palsy.”

Dr Sakzewski’s research will compare all the available therapies that aim to improve how children use their hands and arms in everyday activities.

The Centre for Health Services Research also received an Indigenous partnerships commendation for their project Using telehealth to connect with Indigenous communities: Delivering health services closer to home. 

A gala event at Customs House last night celebrated a record number of UQ researchers and research supervisors for their exceptional work in a range of fields including volcanic activity forecasting, solar energy harvesting and crop gene editing.     

UQ’s Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Bronwyn Harch said the awards recognised the passion and commitment of the University’s researchers and research supervisors.

“During Research Week we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate their work and showcase the depth and breadth of research going on each and every day at UQ,” Professor Harch said.

“People from all walks of life and from all around the world have, and will in the future, benefit from UQ innovation.”

See the full list of 2019 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards winners.