Winner: Dr Alka Kothari
As Deputy Head of The University of Queensland Northside Clinical School and Staff Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr Alka Kothari has brought a passion and dedication for research that has led many junior doctors, medical students and other health professionals take their first steps as clinician-researchers.
She has mentored junior clinicians in the completion and publication of 7 research projects with a further 25 research projects progressing to publication.
Highly Commended: RBWH Nutrition and Dietetics Research Team
RBWH Nutrition and Dietetics has developed a model of research support that has expanded research capacity of clinical dietitians. Central to this model is a supportive research culture and a Research Co-ordinator position, which supports clinician-researchers in formulating research questions, obtaining necessary approvals, data analysis and manuscript writing. The model of research support also includes systems-level capacity building strategies: embedded evidence-based practice and knowledge translation program, researcher support networks, university honorary positions and undergraduate research student program.
Highly Commended: Super Supporters of the Haem/BMT Trials Unit
The Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Research Support Team is a cohesive and productive team that support haematologists, transplant physicians and registrars in their pursuit of translational research to improve patient outcomes. In 2016, there were an average 48 Phase 2 – Phase 4 active studies, with an average of 15 open to recruitment across investigator initiated, research collaboration groups and commercially sponsored projects. This team is well regarded by their peers and national/international sponsors for their collaborative approach and willingness to support and achieve in all aspects and phases of clinical trial support.