What a night!

Awards and Achievements

It was a fantastic night on Friday as we showcased the talents of the HRI’s early career researchers. More than $124,000 was raised for scientific research, funds that will allow us to better understand the causes and complications of cardiovascular disease. The theme for this year’s awards was ‘Embarking on a Journey’ as the HRI looks towards 2020 and beyond. 

Fitting with the theme and to celebrate the enduring support of our principal sponsor Blackmores, the prestigious event was held at the National Maritime Museum, where Kay Cottee’s yacht ‘Blackmores First Lady’ - the yacht sailed in 1988 when Kay become the first woman to circumnavigate the world single handedly - is one of the high profile exhibits at the museum.

Journalist Chris Bath MC’d the event and shared her own connection with the cause, telling of her father Don’s stroke and the devastating impact it had on her family. 

Dr Stephen Hollings, Chairman of the Board of Directors, gave one of the first speeches of the evening and acknowledged some of the scientific breakthroughs that have come out of the HRI before turning the audience’s attention to the future. “Tonight is all about the future, we want to build on past successes and become most influential cardiovascular research institute in Australia,” he said.

We were privileged to have CEO of Blackmores, Christine Holgate, speak at the event about the shared vision between the HRI and Blackmores in creating a healthier Australia. Professor Len Kritharides, Head of Department and Clinical Director of Cardiology at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) Sydney and Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney, shared his experience of the opportunities he was given as a PhD student and post-doctoral scientist at the HRI, saying it was now time to pass the baton on to the next generation. 

Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner with the best of Australian wine and the opportunity to bid on some fantastic prizes before being entertained by ‘The Voice’ winner Anja Nissen, an amazing young talent.
An important aspect of the night is to celebrate and recognise the next generation of top scientific talent as they embark on their professional journeys. 

Congratulations to all our 2015 winners!

Blackmores Young Achiever Award for the Best Post-Doctoral Presentation
Winner: Dr Lining Ju – The Thrombosis Group
The NAB Young Achiever Award for the Best Post-Doctoral Paper
Winner: Dr Imala Alwis – The Thrombosis Group
The Unity 4 Young Achiever Award for Best International Presentation
Winner: Dr Ben Rayner – The Inflammation Group
Charles Perkins Centre Young Achiever Award for External Collaboration
Winner: Dr Carmine Gentile – The Free Radical Group 
Sydney Local Health District Young Achiever Award for Translational Research
Winner: Dr Jun Yuan – Translational Research and Bioengineering Group
The Young Achiever Award for Best Student Paper
Winner: Amol Bhandare
The Salteri Family Young Achiever Award for Best Student Presentation
Winner: Komal Kapoor 

A huge thank you to our Principal Sponsor, Blackmores and the Blackmores Institute, who have hosted the Gala for the past 22 years. And to our Seven Award Sponsors: Blackmores, Sydney Local Health District, NAB, Unity4, the Charles Perkins Centre - University of Sydney and The Salteri family.


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