Research Excellence Awards2024-06-14T15:31:57+10:00

Research Excellence Awards

Research breakthroughs are driving innovation and improving healthcare across our health service every day. Metro North is home to hundreds of dedicated and determined world-class researchers who are working hard to improve patient outcomes, combat disease, and change clinical practice.

The 2024 Metro North Research Excellence Awards celebrate and recognise the invaluable contribution and incredible achievements made by our researchers.

Whether they’re early career researchers or established researchers, the Research Excellence Awards recognise stand-out accomplishments made across our vast health service within all clinical circles.

Nominations now open!

Nominations are open for the 2024 Metro North Research Excellence Awards.

This is the eighth year we have held the Metro North Research Excellence Awards.

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2023 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 Metro North Research Excellence Awards:

Researcher of the Year

  • Eamonn Eeles
  • Professor John F Fraser
  • Professor Leonie Callaway

Rising Star Award

  • Associate Professor Andrea Henden
  • Associate Professor Teresa Brown
  • Monica Suet Ying Ng
  • Hollie Bendotti

Research Support Award

  • Professor Nicole Marsh
  • Victoria Eley
  • Dr Mahesh Ramanan
  • Deanne August

Consumer in Research Award

  • Direct to Psychology Insomnia and Stepped Care Models: Sleep Disorders Service Innovations
  • Optimising consumer choice in telehealth: Metro North Telehealth Co-Design Project
  • Co-designing an exercise intervention to prevent paraatomal hernias
  • ICU of the Future

Discovery and Innovation Research

  • Novel Radiation Shielding to Reduce Radiation Exposure
  • Treatment of multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa by removal of ‘harmful’ antibodies
  • Redcliffe Hospital Urology team – leading discovery and innovation to benefit patients with urologic cancers and conditions
  • ICU of the Future

Clinical Research Award

  • CAR T cells: a new frontier in cancer care
  • The Living Heart Project
  • Implementation of pre-treatment genotype guided personalised dosing to reduce severe toxicity from chemotherapy

 Complex Health Challenges

  • Improving Diabetes Outcomes Across Queensland- The Inpatient Diabetes Working Group
  • The IV Passport
  • The Kidney Supportive Care Research Group
  • Integrated Children’s Care Collaborative (ICCC)

Research Implementation Award

  • Implementation Support Groups
  • Living Well During Pregnancy
  • Thrombin–gelatin matrix (Floseal) to prevent post dental extraction haemorrhage in patients with inherited bleeding disorders
  • Lung cancer screening – Australia’s 4th national screening program


People (individual) Awards

High calibre research that is improving healthcare outcomes for patients happens every day across Metro North. Our annual Metro North Research Excellence Awards are a chance to recognise and reward outstanding achievements in research across all clinical specialities and professions.

Employees of Metro North Hospital and Health Service engaged in health and medical research are encouraged to nominate for the awards. There are seven categories reflecting the various stages of research: three individual awards and four project awards in addition to our new award, the Consumer in Research Award.

Consumers play a crucial role in medical research as their active participation and feedback contribute to advancing healthcare and shaping treatment options. Consumer involvement also enhances patient-centred research, promoting the development of treatments that address real-world needs and preferences, leading to more effective healthcare solutions.

Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony on Thursday 2 November 2023.

An individual award that recognises an exceptional contribution to research which has impacted or has the potential to influence Metro North HHS patient outcomes through translation and/or implementation of research outcomes. Nominations will be sought from the Metro North Research Committee and each of the facility Executive Directors, Directors of Research and Clinical Research Directors/Leads. Direct nominations are also sought.

An individual award for early career researchers based on research outcomes achieved within 10 years (full-time equivalent) of commencement of the nominee’s research career at the time of nomination.

A research career will be considered as the date of award of the nominee’s first research higher degree. If the nominee does not have formal research qualifications, then the nominee’s research career will be considered to be the year of the nominee’s first research publication. Career interruptions impacting on full-time equivalence will be considered and assessed based on Research Opportunity and Performance

An individual award that recognises an exceptional contribution to research by those who enable research through encouragement, mentorship or inspiration. This award seeks to acknowledge an individual who provides exceptional support and/or leadership that enhances research capacity within Metro North.

The Professor Joan Webster Nursing and Midwifery Award

This award is only open to nurses and midwives involved in research throughout Metro North who are nominated in one of the above individual categories (Research Support, Rising Star, Researcher of the Year).

Project (individual or team) Awards

Consumer in Research Award 

A team award that recognises efforts to incorporate consumer and community involvement in health and medical research. The recipient/s of the award will have demonstrated their dedication in various ways, such as serving as inspirational role models for health consumers and playing a vital role in enhancing community interactions with health and medical research.

A team award that recognises research innovation, technology (including information technology and biotechnology) and/or basic science research which is relevant to clinical care. The research project addresses fundamental gaps in clinical knowledge through discovery stage research.

A team award that recognises a research project (comprising of a single or limited number of cohesive studies), which is developing new clinical knowledge or trialling innovative approaches relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for Metro North patients.

A team award that acknowledges research which actively demonstrates multidisciplinary teamwork as integral to all phases of the project/programme of research that impacts on understanding and/or resolution of complex health challenges.

A team award that recognises the implementation of research and evidence-based practice, which has led to significant improvements in patient centred outcomes and the effectiveness, access to, or efficiency of health services.

This is the seventh year we have held the Metro North Research Excellence Awards.

Previous Winners and Galleries

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