Gina leading in gene field
A RESEARCHER from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has been recognised as one of WA’s best scientists at the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.
Gina Ravenscroft is a senior member of the neurogenetics diseases laboratory at the Institute, where she investigates the genetic causes of severe neuromuscular conditions.
Despite being early in her research career, the 33-year-old is considered a leader in the field of disease gene discovery for a group of conditions that present in utero and are often fatal.
Dr Ravenscroft said she was honoured to receive a Young Tall Poppy Science Award, especially given the excellent scientific research being produced in WA.
“WA is a hub of scientific excellence particularly around genetic diseases and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s best researchers right here,” she said
“My ultimate goal is to help provide answers for the families I work with and it’s terrific that awards like this can help give recognition to the work needed in rare genetic diseases.”
The awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-andcoming scientists, who combine world-class research, with a passionate commitment to communicating science.
AIPS general manager Camille Thomson said the awards celebrate the country’s best and brightest science achievers.
“Many Young Tall Poppies go on to achieve even greater things and become inspiring leaders in their field,” she said
Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner Gina Ravenscroft and Professor Steve Chapman.