Gina lead­ing in gene field

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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