Published: 24 September 2012
UQ 'sitting down' researcher recognised as a ‘stand out’
A University of Queensland (UQ) medical scientist has been recognised as an outstanding young researcher at the 3rd annual Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards 2012.
Journal publisher, Elsevier and Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) awarded the winners at the ARMS 14th annual conference on the Gold Coast on Friday, 21 September.
UQ's Dr Genevieve Healy from the School of Population Health was bestowed the Medicine and Medical Sciences award for her research into sedentary behaviour and cardio-metabolic risk.
Dr Healy's research explores the modern ‘sitting orientated' society with office-based work, commuting and high television viewing.
“It was very exciting and humbling to be recognised for my research,” Dr Healy said.
“Research is always a team effort, and I wish to acknowledge and thank the fantastic group of colleagues, mentors and students that I work with at the School of Population Health, UQ and Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.
“I also wish to thank Elsevier and ARMS for the award.
“I love being a researcher. Receipt of these awards is the icing on the cake.
“What is particularly gratifying is seeing your research taken up into policy and practice, and knowing that you have impacted positively on a persons' health.”
Dr Healy said the purpose of her research was to inform recommendations on how often adults should interrupt their sitting.
“That is – can a simple public health recommendation such as ‘stand up at least every 30 minutes' - be an effective and acceptable way to improve health in adults,” Dr Healy said.
“I hope receipt of this award encourages other early career researchers to stay in research and to keep making a difference.”
The Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards is part of a global initiative by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, recognising outstanding young scientists and researchers. The Awards support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.
One hundred and forty-nine young researchers, employed at institutions of higher education across Australia and New Zealand, submitted their research for consideration for the respective award categories: Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Biological Sciences and Medicine and Medical Sciences.
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