Each year, HMRI recognises three researchers for their outstanding contribution to health and medical research and celebrates the excellence they have achieved through their work.
With presentations from Distinguished Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC, Professor Tracy Burrows and Associate Professor Andrew Gardner, you will get to know the people behind the research. Learn more about why they do what they do, what drives and motivates them and what the support from the community means to them.
See the exclusive unveiling of the HMRI Art Series for 2021 - the product of a collaboration between the Researcher of the Year and an artist who strives to represent their research through the medium of art.
Newcastle-based visual artist Brittany Ferns will unveil her piece inspired by the life's work of Distinguished Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC.
The HMRI Art Series is made possible each year because of the continued support from Chris and Shirley Piggott.
Early-Career Researcher Associate Professor Andrew Gardner is a world leader in the field of sports-related concussion. Andrew’s clinical work and research deal with diagnosis and management of acute, sub-acute, and possible chronic problems associated with sports concussion in active and retired athletes of all levels of competition. A clinical neuropsychologist, Andrew is co-lead of the Hunter New England Sports Concussion Clinic and his expertise continues to directly inform policy and instruction in several leading organisations, from the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Brain Injury Australia (BIA).
Our Mid-Career Researcher is Professor Tracy Burrows is Fellow of Dietitians Australia, and researcher at HMRI and the University of Newcastle. Tracy has expertise in the areas of the assessment of dietary intake and conducting high-quality research trials. She has developed a program of work in nutrition and mental health with a special interest in addictive eating.
Distinguished Laureate Professor Nick Talley received the HMRI 2020 Award for Research Excellence. A scientist, epidemiologist, clinician and editor in chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, Nick is considered one of the world's leading gastroenterologists. His research is primarily focused on functional gastrointestinal disorders, dyspepsia, Helicobacter pylori, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and eosinophilic disorders of the gut.