Healthy honour for Professor Clare Collins

WINNER: Professor Clare Collins was named the HMRI's researcher of the year on Wednesday night.
WINNER: Professor Clare Collins was named the HMRI's researcher of the year on Wednesday night.

DIETITIAN Clare Collins was crowned the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s researcher of the year on Wednesday night.

In announcing the award, HMRI director Michael Nilsson said Professor Collins had become a leader in nutritional health since completing her PhD in 2000.

“She’s a trailblazer in her field, with a proven capacity to disseminate research findings and a strong commitment to improving nutritional knowledge and evidence-based health policy,” Professor Nilsson said.

The institute said Professor Collins’ grant tally of over $20 million included two fellowships and five project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) plus a recent contribution of $1.7 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In other honours, Professor David Lubans won the HMRI director’s award for mid-career research, for researchers within 15 years of completing their PhD. The award for early career research went to associate Professor Gillian Gould, a GP who attained her PhD in 2015 and has a strong interest in Indigenous health research.

David Lubans

David Lubans