Extraordinary Power of Giving Shines at Research Excellence Awards

03 Nov 2023

Never has the extraordinary power of giving shown more impact on patient outcomes than at the 2023 Metro North Research Excellence Awards, announced Thursday 2 November. 

Clinician researchers, from across the Herston Health Precinct, who have been supported in their careers thanks to the generosity of RBWH Foundation supporters were named in seven out of the ten categories and named winners in all but three of those. 

Before an audience of some of Australia’s brightest medical minds, the RBWH Foundation Board Chair Susan Buckley said the Research Excellence Awards represented everything the Foundation worked tirelessly for, to advance patient care and life-saving research by connecting our Community of Givers with the most powerful opportunities to make a difference. 

“News of the brilliant projects we have heard about tonight will make its way into homes and board rooms across Queensland, and indeed Australia, as the RBWH Foundation shares your discoveries with our donors – the community which makes our support of you possible,” said Ms Buckley. 

“Your work excites and motivates our supporters and unites us in our common mission of advancing patient care and life-saving research.” 

Anticipation is now building for the next round of RBWH Foundation grants, due to be announced on Wednesday 12 December. A record 80 submissions, representing $3 million worth of projects, are under consideration.  

Ms Buckley said only one in six could be funded in the round. 

"These clinician-led projects are limited only by funding and our promise is to continue to grow our donor base, ensuring these ideas are not wasted,” said Ms Buckley. 

Help the RBWH Foundation support world-class patient care initiatives and life-saving research, such as this, by donating today.

2023 Metro North Research Excellence Award Winners

Researcher of the Year 

Professor John F Fraser 

Professor Leonie Callaway, RBWH Women’s and Newborns Service Director of Research * 
Eamonn Eeles 

Chief Executive Award 

Winner: Professor Owen Ung, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Institute * 

The Professor Joan Webster Nursing and Midwifery Award 

Winner: Professor Nicole Marsh, RBWH Nursing and Midwifery Director of Research * 

 (Pictured with Metro North Health Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and RBWH Foundation Board Member Alanna Geary (R))

Rising Star Award 

Associate Professor Teresa Brown, RBWH Dietetics Assistant Director * (Pictured, Left Top)

Highly commended:
Associate Professor Andrea Henden, RBWH Clinical Haematologist * (Pictured, Left bottom)

Dr Monica Suet Ying Ng, Final year kidney registrar * 
Hollie Bendotti 

Research Support Award 

Dr Mahesh Ramanan 

Highly commended:
Professor Nicole Marsh, RBWH Nursing and Midwifery Director of Research * (Pictured, right)


Associate Professor Victoria Eley, Senior Staff Specialist, RBWH Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medince * 

Dr Deanne August, Nurse Research Co-ordinator for the Grantley Stable Neonatal Intensive Care Unit * 

Consumer in Research Award 

Optimising consumer choice in telehealth: Metro North Telehealth Co-Design Project 

Direct to Psychology Insomnia and Stepped Care Models: Sleep Disorders  

Service Innovations 

Co-designing an exercise intervention to prevent paraatomal hernias 

ICU of the Future 

Discovery and Innovation Research 

Treatment of multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa by removal of ‘harmful’ antibodies 

Novel Radiation Shielding to Reduce Radiation Exposure 

Redcliffe Hospital Urology team – leading discovery and innovation to benefit patients with urologic cancers and conditions * 

ICU of the Future 

Clinical Research Award 

CAR T cells: a new frontier in cancer care for establishing the capacity to manufacture CAR-T cells within the Cellular Therapy Laboratory * 

The Living Heart Project 

Implementation of pre-treatment genotype guided personalised dosing to reduce severe toxicity from chemotherapy

Complex Health Challenges 

Integrated Children’s Care Collaborative (ICCC) 

Improving Diabetes Outcomes Across Queensland- The Inpatient Diabetes Working Group 

The IV Passport 

The Kidney Supportive Care Research Group 

Research Implementation Award 

Lung cancer screening – Australia’s 4th national screening program 

Highly commended:
Implementation Support Groups 

Living Well During Pregnancy 

Thrombin–gelatin matrix (Floseal) to prevent post-dental extraction haemorrhage in patients with inherited bleeding disorders 

*past and present RBWH Foundation grant recipients