Meet some of our top sci­en­tists

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

A LEAD­ING eye dis­ease re­searcher, a Telethon Kids In­sti­tute re­searcher and pae­di­atric in­fec­tious dis­eases spe­cial­ist, and a PHD can­di­date are among a group of tal­ented peo­ple nom­i­nated for 2017 Pre­mier’s Sci­ence Awards.

Su­bi­aco’s David Mackey, who is up for Sci­en­tist of the Year, is a pro­fes­sor who has de­voted his ca­reer to de­creas­ing blind­ness from op­tic nerve disorders.

His re­search has revo­lu­tionised the man­age­ment of se­ri­ous eye dis­eases, Le­ber hered­i­tary op­tic neu­ropa­thy and glau­coma.

Wem­b­ley res­i­dent Asha Bowen is in the run­ning for the Early Ca­reer Sci­en­tist of the Year award.

Dr Bowen is an early ca­reer re­searcher at the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute and pae­di­atric in­fec­tious dis­eases spe­cial­ist at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal.

PHD can­di­date David Goz­zard was nom­i­nated for Stu­dent Sci­en­tist of the Year.

The Wem­b­ley Downs res­i­dent is com­plet­ing a PHD in ex­per­i­men­tal physics.

His re­search is de­scribed as “de­vel­op­ing sta­bilised trans­mis­sion sys­tems to send atomic clock sig­nals over long dis­tances with im­proved pre­ci­sion”.

The Telethon Kids In­sti­tute, based in Su­bi­aco, is in the run­ning for the Sci­ence En­gage­ment Ini­tia­tive of the Year award for its 60 Sec­ond Sci­ence ini­tia­tive.

The video series aimed to de­liver the lat­est in autism re­search in an en­gag­ing and ac­ces­si­ble way.

There are 19 fi­nal­ists across four cat­e­gories.

Win­ners will be an­nounced at an awards cer­e­mony on Au­gust 14.

Asha Bowen is in the run­ning for the Early Ca­reer Sci­en­tist of the Year award.

David Mackey is up for Sci­en­tist of the Year.

David Goz­zard was nom­i­nated for Stu­dent Sci­en­tist of the Year.

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