The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Research Awards are presented to researchers or research groups that have developed research that has the potential for commercialisation. Griffith Hack will then work with them over the next 12 months to evaluate and/or capture their IP or develop a monetisation roadmap that would assist them going forward. Over October and November 2020, presentations were held and the following awards were presented:

  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Innovation Research Awards
  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Early Career Researcher Prize
  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Student Researcher Prize

 

Winners of the 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Research Awards were:

  • Dr Carl Jenkinson:  Development of a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method to measure multiple active and inactive vitamin D metabolites in circulation; and
  • Dr Christine Lee:  Hitting the true HIT – Plasma from patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) heightens the procoagulant response in healthy donor platelets

 

Finalists for the 2020 Griffith Hack Early Career Researcher Prize, with presentations held on Monday 26 October were:

  • Dr Christine Lee:  Hitting the true HIT – Plasma from patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) heightens the procoagulant response in healthy donor platelets
  • Dr Gonzalo Perez Siles: Therapeutic potential of targeting copper related pathways to treat axonal degeneration using in vitro (iPSC-derived motor neurons) and in vivo preclinical models
  • Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal:  Cell Cycle Status Impacts Recovery of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells to Platinum Chemotherapy.
  • Dr Ramesh Narayanan: Hacking 500 million years of evolution to understand biological pathways that lead to neurodegeneration in Homo sapiens

Winner– Dr Christine Lee; Runner ups– Dr Gonzalo Perez-Siles and Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal

 

L-R:   Presenters: Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal; Dr Ramesh Narayanan; Dr Christine Lee; Prof David Handelsman (Director); Dr Carl Jenkinson; Dr Gonzalo Perez-Siles.

 

Finalists for the 2020 Griffith Hack Early Student Researcher Prize (open to all students both post and undergraduate), held on Monday 2nd November were :

Judge: Prof Cheryl Jones-  Head and Dean of the University of Sydney Medical Medical School

  • Ms Eugenie Macfarlane: Targeted Deletion of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Chondrocytes Attenuates Cartilage Degradation in Murine Osteoarthritis
  • Ms Julianne Chong: Successful development and implementation of VTE stewardship across a hospital network
  • Dr Kim Tam Bui: Prevalence and severity of scanxiety in people with advanced cancers: Final results of a multicentre survey
  • Dr Aviv Pudipeddi:  High prevalence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the elderly: a population-based study in Sydney, Australia

Winner– Ms Eugenie Macfarlane;  Runner up–  Dr Kim Tam Bui

 

L-R: Ms Julianne Chong;  Dr Kim Tam Bui; Prof Cheryl Jones (Judge); Prof David Handelsman (Director); Ms Eugenie Macfarlane and Dr Aviv Pudipeddi