7 Aug 2019

CCS staff recognised in Dean's Awards for Excellence

The Dean's Awards for Excellence were announced recently and CCS is delighted to report that two staff members have been recognised for their outstanding achievement within the Faculty. Dr Rachael Borg, Senior Research Services Officer, was awarded "Excellence in Safety" and Professor Robert Medcalf, Group Leader at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, was awarded "Excellence in Research (Postgraduate Research Supervision)". Congratulations to both!

Professor Medcalf is deeply interested in fibrinolysis - the process our bodies implement to remove blood clots. He is investigating how we can use our natural clot busting mechanisms to help treat stroke victims. His interest in the chemicals in our bodies that can help reduce the long-term damage of stroke and also in other diseases of the brain including traumatic brain injury.

Prof. Robert Medcalf
We asked Professor Medcalf  a few quick questions in light of his recent award.

How long have you been at CCS? 

I have been at CCS since 2004 when we (the ACBD) moved to the Alfred precinct from the Box Hill Campus where I had been for the previous 11 years. 

What is it that inspires you most about your role here at the school?

I love the challenges of research and the anticipation of results, although many times results can be surprising, but that also adds an exciting dimension to research as it is so unpredictable. I also enjoy seeing how young scientists develop their careers. Teaching young scientists is one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do here at the CCS.

What would you like to say in response to your award?

I am absolutely delighted to receive the Dean's award for excellence in post graduate supervision. What an honour. I feel very proud and humbled. 

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