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Rising Star Awards presented to MCRI PhD Students

Student News
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:15pm
At the Murdoch Children's Research Institute end of year Director’s Forum, two ‘Rising Star Awards’ were presented to PhD students Peter Azzopardi and Simon Sadedin. These awards are given to students who have significantly contributed to the Institute during 2015 and continue to excel in children’s health research.

Peter (pictured above with Director Kathryn North), is conducting a study on characterising the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents in Australia, and is co-supervised by the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, SAHMRI.  Peter says, “A highlight of 2015 was collaborating with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, as part of the Lancet Commission on adolescent health, to better understand global patterns of adolescent health.”

Simon (pictured right with Kathryn North, Alicia Oshlack and Andrew Sinclair), has been developing bioinformatic methods to improve diagnosis of genetic diseases. He played a key role in developing the analysis pipeline used in the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance demonstration project. For Simon “this year has been tremendously exciting as I've seen my PhD work not only get published academically, but also go through accreditation for use with real patients at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services."
Congratulations to Peter and Simon on their awards!