Finalist for Victorian Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research
Dr Kate Hodgson & Mary-Anne Thomas MP. Photo Credit: Brett Manley
Congratulations to Dr Kate Hodgson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Neonatal team who was a finalist in the Clinician Researcher category of the Victorian Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research presented by the Minister for Medical Research at Fed Square on 22 May 2023.
Whilst Dr Hodgson wasn't the overall winner, it was an amazing achievement to be selected among the few Early & Mid Career Researchers to be finalists.
This great news goes alongside Dr Hodgson’s SHINE trial, being a finalist in the 2022 Victorian Clinical Trial of the Year as well.
Dr Hodgson’s trial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2022 indicating the quality of the trial and the importance and its findings. Dr Hodgson’s trial addressed a critical problem in the care of newborn babies. The sickest of these infants require the insertion of a tube into the trachea (windpipe) to allow the medical team to provide breathing support directly to the lung. This is a challenging procedure because of the tiny airway and instability of the baby. Dr Hodgson demonstrated that a simple technique involving high flow nasal oxygen could be used to ensure stability of the baby and allow the clinician more time to complete the task. Already this technique is being adopted into practise around the world.
Established in 1995 by the Victorian Government in partnership with the Australian Society for Medical Research, the awards recognise the exceptional contributions and capabilities of Victoria’s early-career health and medical researchers.
We are so proud of Dr Kate Hodgson and her achievements and look forward to seeing her continue to SHINE!
Finalist in the Clinician Researcher category of the Victorian Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research presented by the Minister for Medical Research Mary-Anne Thomas MP. Photo Credit: Brett Manley