Blood pressure research shortlisted for prestigious prize

Blood pressure research shortlisted for prestigious prize

Menzies blood pressure researcher Dean Picone is one of three Australian scientists shortlisted for the 2018 CSL Florey Next Generation Award.

The award, bestowed bi-annually, is for Australia’s most promising up-and-coming medical researcher. It is offered to PhD candidates who have demonstrated outstanding capability, creativity and potential in the biomedical sciences and/or health and medical research.

Dean, who works with Professor James Sharman’s Blood Pressure Research Group at Menzies, is developing a new approach to measuring blood pressure with much higher accuracy and sensitivity than current methods. The ultimate goal of the work is smarter diagnosis and management of high blood pressure that will lead to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

The winner of the CSL Florey Next Generation Award will be announced at the Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes annual dinner in Parliament House, Canberra, on November 26.

The other 2018 finalists are:

Hamish Graham, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, for work in Nigeria to make oxygen treatment available to every child who needs it, ending unnecessary deaths from treatable conditions like pneumonia.

Naomi Clark, Australian National University, for work on intestinal worm infections in children living in rural Timor Leste.

The CSL Florey Next Generation Award is administered by the Australian Institute of Politics and Science, with finalists chosen by an independent selection committee.

Photo: Peter Mathew