Celebrating our researchers

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Professor Margo Pritchard

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Three years ago, Gold Coast businessman Terry Jackman donated $1 million to Mater to establish the Sister Angela Mary Fund—to support the role of a senior researcher in neonatal nursing—and help give our youngest patients the best possible start to life.

In late 2015, Professor Margo Pritchard was appointed to the position of Jackman Professor of Neonatal Nursing, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Mater.

Professor Pritchard has extensive nursing and midwifery experience and is well known in the area of perinatal research. She also currently holds honorary positions including Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research; Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast; and is the Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada.

I am looking forward to working with the whole team to achieve some exceptional outcomes in identifying the most effective ways of managing critically ill infants and their families.”
Professor Margo Pritchard

Associate Professor Geoffrey Faulkner

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Associate Professor Geoff Faulkner was awarded the 2016 Ruth Stephens Gani Medal at the prestigious Australian Academy of Science Awards for his work which could underpin future treatments for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

“Our work is intended to better explain how the brain works by analysing the complete set of genes—the genome—present within individual brain cells.

“By locating where mutations are taking place in the genome, we are building a better understanding of how they may make cells function differently.

“Our experiments suggest that the frequency and pattern of mutations are very different in the brains of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease patients, compared to healthy individuals,” A/Prof Faulkner said.

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