award for young Australian
The Trish Foundation and MS Research Australia
congratulate Dr Ben Emery, a rising star in the field of MS research, on his
award from the Australian Neurological Society
Dr Ben Emery, a Senior Research Fellow at the
University of Melbourne’s Centre for Neuroscience, has received the AW Campbell
Award from the Australian Neurological Society (ANS) for his postdoctoral
research. The A.W. Campbell Award, named after an eminent
Australian neurologist, is granted to the best contribution by a member of the
Australian Neurological Society in their first five postdoctoral years.
Following completion of his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2005, Dr
Emery received a highly competitive CJ Martin Fellowship from the Australian National
Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) that enabled him to work with a
world-leader in the field of neurology at Stanford University, USA. This work
resulted in a number of publications in top scientific journals, which have
been highly recognised and repeatedly referenced by his peers in the field.
Dr Emery’s research focuses on understanding how oligodendrocytes (the cells
that produce myelin in the brain and spinal cord) develop, and what signals
drive them to produce myelin.
“These experiments have important implications for
multiple sclerosis, because if we can identify what drives the development of
myelin during development, we may be able to use this information to develop
treatments that promote the repair of myelin when it is damaged in MS,” said Dr
Dr Emery returned to the University of Melbourne in
2010 where he has been building up his own research laboratory.
He received an
MSRA Project Grant, funded by the Trish Foundation, for 2010 to 2011 and has since
won a National Health and Medical Research Council project
grant to continue this research.
“The Trish Foundation is proud to have supported Dr
Emery’s important work and we are thrilled he is making further great inroads
into this disease,” said Foundation Chairman Carol Langsford.