Alfred Research Week 2023 – Keynote and awards

Alfred Health Week’s keynote speaker Professor Karen Adams, from Monash University’s Gukwonderuk Indigenous Health Unit,  today delivered a very powerful and honest address about the historic treatment of Indigenous peoples and the impacts that still has within public hospitals.

She also spoke about the recently-launched Victorian Aboriginal Research Accord, which aims to change the way research is currently conducted on and for Indigenous peoples, to, instead, have them self-determine what research is needed for them by them. If you missed it, it’s well-worth a watch.

As part of today’s event, two research prizes were also awarded and presented by Alfred Health’s Director of Research Stephen Jane and Professor Adams.

For the 2023 Alfred Research Alliance Research Prize in Clinical Research, the award went to Prof Carol Hodgson, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University for her research in early active mobilisation of ventilated adults in intensive care.

For the  2023 Alfred Research Alliance Research Prize in Basic Research, the award went to Dr Isaak Quast, Department of Immunology, Alfred Health/Monash University for his research in Interleukin-21, a protein that in humans is encoded by the IL21 gene.

The remaining Alfred Health Week abstract prizes will be given at a special prize-giving on Thursday.