UTS Distinguished Professor of Health Economics Jane Hall has been honoured by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for her contribution to health economics and health services research.
Professor Hall, along with Visiting Fellow in the UTS Faculty of Science Dr Dominic Hare, were among the "exceptional researchers" who last night (12 July) received awards at the NHMRC Research Excellence Awards.
Professor Hall received the biennial NHMRC Outstanding Contribution Award, honouring her long-term commitment to the fields of health economics and health services research, as a researcher, mentor and health policy advocate.
Dr Hare, based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Health, received a Career Development Fellowship. These fellowships support Australian early to mid-career health and medical researchers to establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers.
NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said that the award winners are among Australia's most talented senior and emerging researchers.
"Each year NHMRC provides over $800 million in funding for health and medical research in Australia," Professor Kelso said.
"The Australian health and medical research sector is very strong by international standards and competition for NHMRC funding is intense. So these awards recognise truly outstanding research and researchers."
Professor Hall established the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) more than 25 years ago and served as Director until 2012. She remains in the centre, which is part of the UTS Business School, as Director, Strategy.
Professor Hall was largely responsible the formation of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand and has been President of the International Health Economics Association and the Public Health Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Hare is an analytical chemist who completed his PhD in 2009 at UTS and more recently returned as a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow. Originally focused on developing new analytical technology for studying metals in health and disease, he is now using this technology to uncover the root cause of Parkinson's disease.
His fellowship will focus on the accumulation of iron in the Parkinson's disease brain and a theory he has developed on what happens if you have too much iron during early life. Dr Hare hopes that by identifying people at risk they may reduce brain iron before symptoms appear.
Much of the work he has built his Career Development Fellowship on was done while he was a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow and he remains a close collaborator with UTS, where he spent more than seven years working as a researcher in the Faculty of Science.