Enter a league of innovative research


Meet Dr James Hudson – who was awarded the 2017 1st ‘In Memory of Neil Lawrence’ Prize in the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award.

James was recognised for his ground-breaking work, creating human heart tissue from stem cells for cardiac repair.

What motivated you to enter the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award in the first place?

I had not heard about CIMIA, but someone contacted me and said I should apply. When I checked it out, I was impressed by the quality of the previous winners and applicants, as well the judging panel.

How has your award helped your research?

After winning such a prestigious award judged by some of the best researchers, the innovation and quality of my research has been endorsed. This makes it easier to sell to fellow researchers across the country and also in different applications for funding.

Why should other researchers consider entering this year’s awards?

I think it is important for young researchers to be recognised for awards such as this, especially in the tough funding situation. It helps gain a profile in your field and also raise awareness of your research program across the country. It also helps sell your research in funding applications.

We’re now looking for this year’s most innovative and creative researchers, with a total prize pool of $55,000 on offer!

Find out more details on how to enter here.


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