PRS-PSANZ Mont Liggins Award

The PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award:  A PRS prestigious award established in 2014 in partnership with the PSANZ.

PRS shares many aims of PSANZ: to foster multidisciplinary scientific interchange in the field of perinatology and developmental biology, and to foster early research careers.

Eligibility:

The winner of the PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award will be one of the invited early research career speakers, supported by grants from PRS and PSANZ. PRS will cover registration, which includes accommodation and all meals, and an honorarium towards travel (currently set at US $600). PSANZ will provide AUS $2,000 towards travel costs.

PRS-PSANZ Mont Liggins Early Career Award:

  • Awarded PhD / MD within the last 5 years,;OR
  • Received professional vocational qualification within the past 5 years AND is enrolled in an MD / PhD
  • Research is aligned with the disciplines of Neonatology, Basic Science or Obstetrics (note that the awardee does not need to be from one of these disciplines, but the research presented must align with one of these disciplines)
  • Has not received the PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award previously
  • Commitment to attend the PRS meeting in the September following the PSANZ Congress at which the award is won
  • Commitment to provide feedback to PSANZ in the form of a newsletter article about the research and the award.

Criteria:

  • The award will be made to the best oral presentation at the PSANZ congress by an eligible presenter
  • Presentations will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, on clarity and excellence of the presentation and on ability to answer questions from the audience
  • If a PRS member is present at the PSANZ congress, then a PRS member will form part of the judging panel with the remaining judges selected by the Local Organising Committee in consultation with the PSANZ executive
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The Award is named after one of NZ’s most eminent medical scientists, the late Professor Sir Graham Liggins. Sir Graham achieved international fame in 1960s and 1970s for clinical innovations based on fundamental biomedical research which increased the survival of sick and preterm babies. Sir Graham Liggins is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected medical research scientists and he is internationally renowned for his pioneering research on the fetus and newborn.

Sir Graham (affectionately known as "Mont") and his work have been a source of inspiration to the founding scientists at the institute that is proud to bear his name. They continue the pioneering traditions he set for New Zealand medical science. Read a tribute from Professor Wayne Cutfield Read a tribute from Professor Sir Peter Gluckman FRS, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister Read Professor Sir Peter Gluckman's eulogy for Sir Graham Liggins

View more detailed history of Mont.

The winner of the PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award will be one of the invited early research career speakers, supported by grants from PRS and PSANZ. PRS will cover registration, which includes accommodation and all meals, and an honorarium towards travel (currently set at US $600). PSANZ will provide AUS $2,000 towards travel costs.

Tayla Penny, PhD Candidate, was the winner of the 2019 PRS-PZANZ Mont Liggins award.  Ms. Penny is a student at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, associated with Monash Health and University in Clayton, Victoria Australia.

Past Award Recipients

2019 Tayla Penny, PhD Candidate

2018 Aidan James Kashyap, MBBS/PhD Student

2017 Teresa MacDonald

2016 Dr. Stacey Ellery, PhD

2015 Elisha Josev