Congratulations to A/Prof Mark Mackay
Congratulations to A/Prof Mark Mackay, who has recently been awarded both the Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in PhD Thesis passed in 2016 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in the PhD Thesis from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Mark Mackay received these prestigious awards for his thesis “Rapid Diagnosis of Childhood Stroke: Time is Brain”.
The Chancellor’s Prize is awarded annually to only six University of Melbourne students to celebrate the international recognition and impact of their research. The Dean’s Award is one of five awarded to students in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences.
Mark’s main speciality and research interests are epilepsy and childhood stroke. He is the Director of the Childhood Stroke program at the Royal Children’s Hospital and is the consultant in charge of the Ketogenic Diet service. His work has already led to the development of improved protocols within the ambulance service, and for the development of triaging and imaging protocols for children presenting to the emergency department with stroke like symptoms.
Mark was appointed an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics on completion of his PhD and is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Florey Neurosciences Institute. He has established a dedicated paediatric stroke program; the first of its kind in Australia and is a major contributor to the International Pediatric Stroke Study. His stroke research interests include application of advanced MRI imaging techniques in childhood stroke and the development of strategies to reduce time to stroke diagnosis.
The Department of Paediatrics would also like to congratulate Mark’s supervisors Professors Paul Monagle, Fernando Calamante and Geoffrey Donnan on this outstanding result.