George Institute researcher receives prestigious Research Excellence Award

Professor John Chalmers, Senior Director of The George Institute for Global Health, received the award from Sydney Research on behalf of the ADVANCE ON study, and in recognition of his dedication and commitment to mentoring early career researchers.

The ADVANCE ON study, the long term follow up to the landmark ADVANCE clinical trial, found that the protection against death observed with blood pressure lowering in people with diabetes was still evident on longer-term follow-up. No long term effects on serious heart disease or death were seen for intensive glucose control.

Professor Anushka Patel, Chief Scientist of The George Institute, who accepted the award on behalf of Professor Chalmers, said the award was confirmation of the high impact work of the Institute.

“The prestigious Sydney Research Awards recognise not only talent in research, but also the work of those who support, guide and mentor researchers.

“Professor Chalmers should be congratulated for his leadership in this field, as well as his commitment to developing the next generation of researchers.”

The landmark research paper “Follow-up of Blood-Pressure Lowering and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2014.

Minister for Medical Research and Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward officially launched the symposium’s inaugural Sydney Research Awards, which were presented by NSW Health Secretary Dr Mary Foley.