Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UQ celebrates rising stars at Women in Technology awards

Two University of Queensland early-career researchers have been recognised by their peers for their promising medical and technology research at the 17th annual Women in Technology (WiT) awards ceremony.

Dr Irina Vetter, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and UQ School of Pharmacy, won the WiT Rising Star Award for her research to understand the causes of pain and develop new treatments for the one in five Australians living with chronic pain.

UQ School of Pharmacy
Study pharmacy at the UQ Pharmacy School

“Pain is something we have all experienced, and usually we expect this pain will go away—but this isn’t the case for those living with chronic pain,” she said.

“Chronic pain also has a huge impact on the community, and together with my colleagues in IMB’s Centre for Pain Research, we are working to put it on the national health agenda,” she said.

Dr Helen Huang, from the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, won the WiT Infotech Research Award for her contribution in the field of big data management and analysis.

“With the rapid population growth of social websites, we are now having vast amounts of social media data that can be used for analysing and predicting real-world events,” Dr Huang said.

“The predictions provide an opportunity of timely response to emergencies such as disease outbreaks and natural disasters, as well as prevention of crime, security breaches and the like.

“This award is a fantastic recognition of my work and such a wonderful encouragement that my work is important for our future society.”

The award winners each received a $1000 prize to support their research.

WiT is one of Queensland’s most respected and active technology industry associations and a peak body for women in the technology and life sciences sectors in Queensland.

About the Bachelor of Pharmacy at the UQ School of Pharmacy

The University of Queensland Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

About the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Located within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the School of ITEE is at the forefront of research, teaching and learning across the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and Engineering disciplines.

The School of ITEE offers a multifaceted suite of teaching programs, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Information Technology, Engineering Hardware, Software and Information Management, Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design.


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