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Research Excellence Awards

With a record number of abstracts submitted in 2016, PAH and TRI joined together once again at the 57th PAH Health Symposium to present the prestigious Research Excellence Awards.

The Research Excellence Awards showcased a multidisciplinary program of oral and poster presentations—awarding the best medical, surgical, nursing, allied health, and laboratory/basic science research.

Previously known as the Young Investigator Awards, the Research Excellence Awards are designed to promote all forms of health research on campus and are open to both fulltime researchers and health professionals engaged in research in addition to their clinical practice.


There were three submission levels in the Research Excellence Awards.

  1. Students—any student undertaking a research higher degree (including Honours, Masters or PhD).
  2. Early Career Researchers—anyone who is within 5 years of their highest qualification e.g. PhD or Fellowship.
  3. Mid-Career Researchers—anyone who is 6–12 years of their highest qualification.

All three levels were open to clinical and laboratory/basic science researchers. There were a total of six categories.

Award winners

Oral award winners:

  • Joshua Tobin (Researcher of the Year—Student, Clinical Science)
  • Arutha Kulasinghe (Researcher of the Year—Student, Laboratory/Basic Science)
  • Dan Siskind (Researcher of the Year—Early Career Researcher, Clinical Science)
  • Saba Farnaghi (Researcher of the Year—Early Career Researcher, Laboratory/Basic Science)
  • Xanthe Sansome (Researcher of the Year—Mid-Career Researcher, Clinical Science)
  • David Whiley (Researcher of the Year—Mid-Career Researcher, Laboratory/Basic Science)
  • Jyotsna Batra (Researcher of the Year—People’s Choice)

Poster award winners:

  • Preya Patel (Best Poster—Clinical Science)
  • Bárbara de la Peña and Vishal Diwan (Best Poster—Laboratory/Basic Science (tie))
  • Panchadsaram Janaththani (Best Poster—People’s Choice)

Winners of the oral finalist categories each received $1,000. Winners of the poster categories received $250.

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Last updated 14 August 2017
Last reviewed 22 September 2016