FINALISTS ANNOUNCED for 2023 Research Australia Awards

We are delighted to announce the finalists in seven of our Award categories for the 2023 Awards.

These finalists, their nominators and guests will join members of parliaments, key sector influencers, and fellow Research Australia members, in a night of celebration where the winners and highly commended recipients will be announced.

This national event is now in its 20th year and brings together organisations from across the entire health and medical research pipeline to acknowledge and reward the research, innovation, technology, philanthropy and advocacy that play such a significant part in all our lives.


(in surname alphabetical order)

Health Services Award proudly sponsored by NSW Government 

  • Professor Emily Banks AM, Australian National University
  • Nominated by Professor Sandra Eades AO, University of Melbourne and Chief Medical Advisor, First Nations, Heart Foundation of Australia & Professor Hilary Bambrick, Australian National University
  • Honorary Professor Hanny Calache, Deakin University
  • Nominated by Dr Utsana Tonmukayakul, Deakin University & Adjunct Associate Professor Werner Bischof AM, Dental Health Services Victoria
  • Dr Noula Gibson, Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Nominated by Ms Marie Blackmore, Telethon Kids Institute & Ms Maxine Fong, Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Gustavo Machado, The University of Sydney
  • Nominated by Professor Antoine van Oijen & Professor Christopher Maher, The University of Sydney
  • Clinical Professor Devanshi Seth, Centenary Institute and Sydney Local Health District
  • Nominated by Associate Professor Annette Schmiede, Digital Health CRC & Dr Astha Singh, Cubesys
  • Professor Michele Sterling, University of Queensland
  • Nominated by Ms Kim Smith, The University of Queensland & Mr Matthew Waugh, Motor Accident Insurance Commission, Queensland Treasury

Data Innovation Award sponsored by Digital Health CRC

Great Australian Philanthropy Award

  • Ms Kris Ashpole, Goodman Foundation
  • Nominated by Mrs Karen Eliff, Black Dog Institute & Ronni Kahn AO, OzHarvest
  • Mr Geoff Cumming, Karori Capital
  • Nominated by Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity & Ms Allison Howell Quinton, University of Melbourne
  • Mrs Katherine Gonzalez-Cork, Professionals Real Estate
  • Nominated by Associate Professor Cleola Anderiesz, National Breast Cancer Foundation & Mr Kul Singh, REA Group Ltd
  • Lefroy Family
  • Nominated by Mr Matthew Hannan, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & Mrs Helen Aguiar, Perth College, Anglican School for Girls
  • Mr John Sheather, The trustee for Neil & Norma Hill Foundation
  • Nominated by Ms Elizabeth Jo, University of Sydney & Ms Ting Lee, Children’s Medical Research Institute

Advocacy Award sponsored by AbbVie

  • Professor Brian Gabrielli, Mater Research Limited
  • Nominated by Professor Allison Pettit, Mater Research Limited & Mr Andrew Thomas, Mater Foundation
  • Mrs Catherine Hughes AM, Immunisation Foundation of Australia
  • Nominated by Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM, Telethon Kids Institute & Ms Anne McKenzie AM, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Mr Michel Itel, Lung Foundation Australia
  • Nominated by Dr Arutha Kulasinghe, University of Queensland & Professor Ken O’Byrne, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Professor Megan Munsie, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Nominated by Professor Melissa Little AC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & Mr Andrew Giles, Neurological Alliance Australia
  • Mr Col Reynolds OAM, The Kids’ Cancer Project
  • Nominated by Mr Own Finegan, The Kids’ Cancer Project & Professor David Ziegler, Children’s Cancer Institute
  • Mr Jonathan Smithers, Arthritis Australia
  • Nominated by Ms Louise Hardy, Arthritis Australia & Dr Claire Barrett, Australian Rheumatology Association

Griffith University Discovery Award

  • Dr Nicolas Borchers-Arriagada, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
  • Nominated by Mr Anthony Flynn, Asthma Australia & Professor Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Aidan Cashin, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) / UNSW
  • Nominated by Professor James McAuley, University of New South Wales & Professor Kim Delbaere, Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Dr Laurence Don Wai Luu, University of Technology Sydney
  • Nominated by Professor Ruiting Lan, University of New South Wales & Ms Catherine Hughes, Immunisation Foundation of Australia
  • Dr Caitlin Jones, The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
  • Nominated by Professor Antoine van Oijen, The University of Sydney & Professor Maher Christopher, Sydney Musculoskeletal Health/The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health
  • Dr James Pang, Monash University
  • Nominated by Professor Alex Fornito, Monash University & Professor Michael Breakspear, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Hannah Pitt, Deakin University
  • Nominated by Professor Samantha Thomas, Deakin University & Emeritus Professor Mike Daube AO, Curtin University
  • Dr Chloe Yap, Mater Medical Research Institute
  • Nominated by Associate Professor Paul Dawson, Mater Medical Research Institute & Professor Karen Moritz, University of Queensland

Frontiers Award sponsored by ANU

  • Professor Jane Mary Andrews, Crohn’s Colitis Cure
  • Nominated by Mr Joseph Louis Pipicella, Crohn’s Colitis Cure & Mr William Alan Vass Petch, Crohn’s Colitis Cure
  • Professor Jake Baum, The University of New South Wales
  • Nominated by Professor Sean Emery, University of New Wales & Professor Georges Grau, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor David Gallego Ortega, University of Technology Sydney
  • Nominated by Distinguished Professor Tuan Van Nguyen AM, University of Technology & Professor Elgene Lim, Garvan Institute Medical Research
  • Professor Jürgen Götz, Queensland Brain Institute
  • Nominated by Professor Pankaj Sah, Queensland Brian Institute & Professor Helen Cooper, Queensland Brian Institute
  • Just-in-Time Tumour Implants Team, IMCRC
  • Nominated by Dr Julia Hocking, Stryker & Professor Milan Brandt, RMIT University
  • Professor Enzo Porrello, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Nominated by Professor Kathryn North AC, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & Professor Ian Alexander, University of Sydney

Digital Health Technology Award

  • Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Orygen; University of Melbourne
  • Nominated by Professor Mike McGuckin, University of Melbourne & Professor Wendy Chapman, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Karen Caeyenberghs, Deakin University
  • Nominated by Professor Trish Livingston, Deakin University & Professor Peter Enticott, Deakin University
  • Professor Clara Chow AM, University of Sydney – Westmead Applied Research Centre
  • Nominated by Professor Antonie van Oijen, University of Sydney & Professor Cheryl Jones, University of Sydney
  • Dr Benjamin Milbourn, Curtin University
  • Nominated by Professor Gavin Pereira, Curtin University & Professor Helen McCutcheon, Curtin University
  • Associate Professor Angus Turner, Lions Eye Institute
  • Nominated by Professor Anna Nowak, University of Western Australia & Dr Ondine Gordon, Lions Eye Institute
  • Dr Marlien Varnfield, CSIRO
  • Nominated by Dr David Hansen, CSIRO & Dr Kaley Butten, CSIRO
  • Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Black Dog Institute
  • Nominated by Dr Sam Harvey, Black Dog Institute & Dr Alexander Sweetman, Australasian Sleep Association
  • Facilitating the Deep Personalisation of Health and Medicine for Sustainable and Equitable Healthcare through Smart-Sensing and Sense-Making Systems, Digital Health Technologies by the ANU Health Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) Initiative
  • Nominated by Professor Hanna Suominen, Australian National University & Associate Professor Anne Bruestle, Australian National University

In addition to the winners of the above categories, the winner of the Peter Wills Award will be announced at the on the night, as will the winner of the 2023 GSK Award for Research Excellence.

Tickets are available now here. A reminder that the Gala dinner and ceremony is on Thursday November 2 so please mark it in your diary and join us to celebrate the best in health and medical research, innovation, leadership, philanthropy and advocacy.

Of course none of this would be possible without our wonderful sponsors, to whom we are very grateful.

 Best wishes from Your Research Australia team

Research Australia