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AB-CRC Knowledge Broker Awards
 
2009 Knowledge Broker Awards

Nigel Perkins is the designated knowledge broker for Research Program 3: Advanced Surveillance Systems as well as knowledge broker for GIS mapping of cattle market service areas using the National Livestock Identification System (Research Project 3.066R). Nigel is a motivated program leader with an exceptional understanding of his portfolio and a willingness to broker exchanges between researchers and government and industry end-users to facilitate project development, revised milestones and research outcomes. His performance as a facilitator and broker is exemplified at strategic AB-CRC events such as the BOSSS stakeholder workshop and the peri-urban pig surveillance adoption forum.

Andrew van den Hurk is the designated knowledge broker for two projects - Studies of the potential colonisation and establishment and establishment of Aedes albopictus as an arbovirus vector in Australia (Research Project 2.027RE) and An assessment of the risk of establishment of the newly emerging alphavirus - Chikungunya virus - in Australia (Research Project 2.065R). Andrew works in an end-user organisation and clearly understands the benefits of applied research, is an

2009 AB-CRC National Workshop
Dr Nigel Perkins (left) receiving the award, from Chairman Professor Mal Nairn (middle), and CEO Dr Stephen Prowse (right).

exceptional presenter and can articulate his findings to end-users with ease. He is also proactive in working with end-user committees (such as the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee) to ensure that research findings result in practice and policy change as evidenced by his participation at Arbovirus forums and interactions with vector control program committees.

Celia Smuts developed a method for preserving antibodies in hot and humid environments, while completing an AB-CRC supported PhD to develop serological tools to enhance the detection of Trypanosoma evansi in Australia and the region. She recognised the significance and utility of this method beyond the immediate needs of her doctoral research. Before and after completing her studies, she committed time to sharing this method with potential users in the fields of wildlife, public health, and agriculture.

 
2008 Knowledge Broker Awards
Chris Cowled has use modern molecular techniques to characterise and develop tools to detect unknown viruses, through this PhD studies. Chris identified Middle Point orbivirus, a new virus, previously undescribed in Australia. This virus has been repeatedly isolated through the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program.
While not a designated knowledge broker, Chris has been actively involved in transferring new knowledge and tools to the Northern Territory Animal Health Laboratory to provide the capability for surveillance of newly discovered viruses, enabling data collection on the source and frequency of isolation of these new viruses. He has provided ongoing training and technical advice at Australian Animal Health Laboratoy and in Berrimah during student and staff exchanges as part of his project.
2008 AB-CRC National Workshop
Chris Cowled receiving the broker award from CEO Stephen Prowse.

 

Hume Field is both the Disease Ecology Program Leader and an active researcher. In the area of henipavirus research, Hume works across all of the research themes, recognising the value, and participating in the design, of projects using genomics, effective diagnostic tools and disease surveillance with the aim of better understanding the risk of disease incursion, transmission and establishment.
Hume is also active in the international disease ecology community, synthesising knowledge and communicating an integrated approach to disease ecology. Hume’s mentoring and support of a postgraduate student, who has already received a knowledge brokering award, demonstrates his leadership in this area.

2008 AB-CRC National Workshop
Dr Hume Field receiving the broker award from CEO Stephen Prowse.

 

John Mackenzie is the network knowledge-brokering guru! Officially designated as a network knowledge broker to the World Health Organization (WHO), John uses his scientific networks and active participation in the international community to inform AB-CRC directions. John was informing the AB-CRC about the advancing risks of Chikungunya and human-to-human transmission of Nipah virus in Bangladesh well ahead of other communication networks.
John is always generous with knowledge, information and scientific expertise. He connects people, scientists, end-users and policy makers, using his influence to involve AB-CRC colleagues in important regional meetings, the most recent being the Australia-Indonesia Joint Workshop On Human Health held in Jakarta. Despite recently retiring, John continues to assist us in planning for the new biosecurity CRC, on our International Advisory committee, and in developing and reinforcing the many national and international connections that are so important to the AB-CRC.

 
2007 Knowledge Broker Awards
2008 AB-CRC National Workshop
John Mackenzie receiving the broker award from Deputy CEO Deb Cousins.

David Smith ensures the Public Health Laboratory Network remains aware of AB-CRC initiatives and progress. David’s independent opinion and expertise is recognised and valued by the AB-CRC, maintaining our awareness of relevant public health issues and providing a sounding board for public health initiatives. David is a willing trainer at summer schools and plays a significant role in negotiating national biosecurity initiatives such as the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme.

Andrew Breed is a strong proponent of uptake of new knowledge emanating from his research. Andrew is active in engaging with end-users and other researchers in Australia and overseas who add value to his research on Assessment of the Risk of Introduction of Nipah Virus to Australia via Flying Foxes (AB-CRC Project 2.012RE). Andrew was a strong supporter of the Henipavirus Adoption Forum, effectively synthesizing his research outcomes for the end user audience. He also contributed substantially to the risk assessment of Nipah virus and is particularly active in outreach activities.

The Peri-urban surveillance project team was active in stakeholder consultation to enhance the objectives and outcomes of their project: Peri-urban regional surveillance for biosecurity for the pig industry in eastern Australia (Research Project 3.016RE). Trish Holyoake is the official Project Knowledge Broker; however others in the team, namely Jenny-Ann Toribio, Marta Hernandez-Jover and Nicole Schembri all contributed substantially to enhancing the uptake of project outcomes. The team is also highly commended for its use of the project reference group, made up of end-users from Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australian and South Australia, and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, with all team members contributing to the high level of end-user engagement.

John Edwards has been instrumental in enhancing relationships between many of our national and international partners. In particular, John has facilitated postgraduate opportunities for a cohort of students from the Asia-Pacific region, including Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, which will improve biosecurity linkages and capacity in our region for the future. John has also been a key force in brokering the development of the Malaysia - Thailand - Myanmar epidemiological network (MTM EpiNet) where four AB-CRC postgraduate students are active members.

 
2006 Knowledge Broker Awards

Hans Heine has taken up the challenge of transferring the technology of a new real time PCR test for avian influenza developed in his research project to State and Territory (and NZ) laboratories to build the capacity and capability of Australia and New Zealand to respond to the avian influenza threat.

Moira McKinnon seeded the idea for and strongly supported the first Arbovirus Forum (7 June 2006) – a forum for active discussion of Arbovirus research and adoption issues for AB-CRC researchers and end users (National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee)

Mike Nunn actively promotes knowledge exchange by filtering and transferring industry intelligence and technological developments of significance to the AB-CRC.

Tony Martin is a strong proponent of uptake of new techniques emanating from his research: organising and participating (with others) in numerous training courses encouraging application and testing of new principles for measuring disease freedom across a variety of sectors (terrestrial and aquatic animal health, plant health, public health) during workshops held at AB-CRC summer school, as well as overseas (Switzerland, Belgium, UK) and regional (Perth NSW and Qld) training courses.

 


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