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Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 BH DU Research Prizes

Wednesday, 08 December 2021

Barwon Health and Deakin University are committed to recognising and supporting the next generation of clinician researchers and scientists through the 2021 Barwon Health and Deakin University (BH DU) Research Awards.

BH DU Best Research Paper of the Year

These Awards recognise a research paper of outstanding quality by a Barwon Health and Deakin University scientist and clinician researcher, accepted or published during 2020 and 2021.

Research papers published in peer-reviewed journals are a the primary means of sharing scientific findings and advancing knowledge across the international research community, and are an excellent vehicle to view the wide breadth of research being undertaken across Barwon Health and Deakin University.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 BH DU Research Paper of the Year:

  • Ms Kara Anderson, IMPACT & BH Dept of Diabetes & Endocrinology: Normative data for peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) bone parameters in Australian men
  • Ms Sharyn Milnes, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research & BH Intensive Care Unit: Values, preferences, and goals identified during shared decision-making between critically ill patients and their doctors

BH DU Best Research Poster Awards

Posters have long been a valuable opportunity to recognise researcher achievements, communicate findings and stimulate discussion, networking and the exchange of ideas between researchers and their colleagues. Current restrictions prevented us from holding a physical poster exhibition, so we adapted to a virtual poster exhibition format this year.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 BH DU Best Research Poster Awards:

Allied Health/Pharmacy

  • Mr Matthew Thackeray: Lean mass as a risk factor for Intensive Care Unit admission: an observational study

Basic Science

  • Dr Richard Williams: Tissue Programmed Hydrogels Functionalized with GDNF Improve Human Neural Grafts in Parkinson's Disease

Implementation Science

  • Dr Mary Lou Chatterton: Telehealth service delivery in an Australian regional mental health service during Covid-19


  • Dr Anand Ganes: Early revascularization in NonSTEMI


  • A/Prof Debra Kerr: Responding to Nurses' Communication Challenges

Population Health

  • Ms Behnaz Azimi Manavi: Is there any association between antipsychotic medications use and bone quality?


  • Dr Angela Holmes: Intravesical OnabotulinumtoxinA. A wonderful tool but are we underestimating urinary retention?

Barwon Health Senior Medical Staff Group HMO/Registrar Research Prize

Our clinical departments have established research links and programs, and many of our research groups are genuinely world class. Our programs leverage Barwon Health’s unique position in providing of whole-of-system and whole-of-life care to a large, diverse and engaged population. This award acknowledges the best research projects conducted by clinical staff at Barwon Health.

Congratulations to the winner of the Barwon Health Senior Medical Staff Group HMO/Registrar Research Prize, Dr Julia Lim for her research into Long-term Renal Outcome Post Multimodal Computed Tomography in Stroke Evaluation.