Top NHMRC Excellence awards

Date Published:
26 Jun 2014
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Dr Nicholas Wood and Dr Bette Liu win top NHMRC Excellence awards

Dr Nicholas Wood

Dr Nicholas Wood has been awarded one of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) top prizes for excellence for having the highest ranked Career Development Fellowship for 2013, the award’s title is, Career Development Fellowship (Clinical Level 1) -Immunisation safety and adverse events: Improving our understanding of causes and management’

Dr Wood’s research focuses on advancing knowledge in the field of immunisation adverse events and vaccine safety. The aim of this fellowship is to further our understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, management and long-term outcome of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI).  Specific adverse events that will be investigated under his fellowship include seizures following vaccination, whether there is any link between vaccines and allergy and safety of vaccination during pregnancy.

Dr Nicholas Wood is CRE immunisation's Professional Research Person, a staff specialist general paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and senior lecturer at the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child health, University of Sydney.

Dr Bette Liu

Dr Bette Liu has also been awarded one of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) top prizes for excellence for having the highest ranked Career Development Fellowship for 2013. Dr Liu’s award title is, Career Development Fellowship (Population Health Level 1) - ‘Large scale studies to inform and guide public health policy’.

Dr Liu’s research focuses on two areas, specifically establishing and developing novel methods for collecting data in large open-access prospective cohort studies including the 45 and Up Study and using these kinds of ‘big data’ repositories to conduct research informing the prevention and control of infectious diseases and their longer term sequelae. Specific infections that will be investigated under her fellowship include vaccine preventable infections such as pertussis, influenza, human papillomavirus and some non-vaccine preventable infections such as chlamydia.

Dr Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist, senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW, Senior Science Advisor at the Sax Institute & Professional Research Person at the CRE immunisation

The National Health and Medical Research Council acknowledged the recipients of its Research Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Canberra, with the prizes being presented by Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton.

Congratulations Bette and Nick!

 

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