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Date posted: 16 February 2012
Two of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's consultants have been recognised for their achievements in leading outstanding health research projects in Australia in 2011.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) last week launched its flagship publication, Ten of the best research projects 2011. The booklet profiles some of the work done by NHMRC-funded researchers who are leading the way in finding innovative solutions to some of Australia's health challenges.
Professor Kerin O'Dea of the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia was included in the top ten for her research in Indigenous health. Professor O'Dea has conducted some of the longest and most comprehensive studies of health and chronic disease profiles in remote Indigenous communities. Her main areas of research include kidney disease and diabetes, and the role that environmental factors have on Indigenous health.
Professor Fiona Stanley of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (ICHR) was included in the NHMRC top ten for her research into child health. Professor Stanley and her team are credited with discovering that folate deficiency is linked to spina bifida, and with reducing the number of Indigenous children needing antibiotics or hospitalisation for pneumonia, gastroenteritis and other infections.
Source: National Health and Medical Research Council