2020 Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony

2020 Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Awards Ceremony

Post by: Spinnaker Foundation
Post on: December 5, 2019


The 2020 Spinnaker Grant Recipients were announced on 3 December at a beautiful reception at The University of Notre Dame. It was an exceptional event on a balmy summer’s night and we were pleased to be joined by Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Roger Cook, Assistant Director General for Health, Dr James Williamson, our Patrons Prof Barry Marshall AC and Dr Patricia Kailis AM OBE, and many of our wonderful partners and supporters.

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Grant Recipients 2020 pictured from left: Dr Jeremy Parry, Dr Michal Luniewski, Dr Lena Thin on behalf of Dr Abhey Singh, Dr Herbert Ludewick, Mrs Fiona Poelchow, Dr Jesica Makanyanga, Dr Teng Fong Ng, Dr Shereen Paramalingam, and Prof Yogesan Kanagasingam. Missing from image Prof Dickon Hayne

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The Annual Awards event is always a highlight of the year for all of us at Spinnaker as it gives special opportunity to celebrate our exceptional research community.  The Foundation received a record number of applications for 2020 Grants and it was a challenging process for our Scientific Advisory Committee to work through the many high calibre applications.  It is reassuring to us all to know that so many of our talented academics and clinicians are continuing to test new ideas and strive to do better for their patients. We know that the future of West Australian’s health is indeed in very good hands!


Congratulations to our 2020 Grant Recipients




Whole Body PET-CT scan to diagnose and manage myositis
Dr Shereen Paramalingam

Consultant Rheumatologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, PhD Student – The University of Notre Dame Australia
The Rotary Club of Fremantle

Prof Dickon Hayne

Head of Urology, Fiona Stanley Hospital & Professor of Urology – The University of Western Australia

SMHS Doctors who Donate
Artificial intelligence-based eye screening for patients with diabetes at Fremantle Hospital

Prof Yogi Kanagasingam

Research Director, CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre & Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine – The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Hospital Ladies Auxiliary
Detecting high risk genetic changes in patients with myeloproliferative disorders

Dr Teng Fong Ng

Consultant Haematologist, Rockingham General Hospital

SMHS Staff Lottery for Spinnaker players

Can testosterone help treat men with Crohn’s disease?

Dr Abhey Singh

Gastroenterologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Austal Company and Staff
Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve remission rates in acute severe ulcerative colitis?

Dr Jesica Makanyanga

Gastroenterologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Len and Fran Mihaljevich

Tapping the video goldmine: how technologies used by tech giants for video analysis could inspire an improved way to diagnose and measure cancer in biopsies

Dr Jeremy Parry

Anatomical Pathologist, PathWest, Fiona Stanley Hospital

David Clegg

Development of a new drug for chronic nerve pain

Dr Michal Luniewski MD FANZCA

Consultant Anaesthetist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

The City of Cockburn

A study of the effects of a silicone-based topical dressing on the rate of wound healing, pain and scarring outcomes in donor site wounds, and in burns to the face in comparison to standard care.

Mrs Fiona Poelchow

Senior Occupational Therapist, State Adult Burns Service of WA, Fiona Stanley Hospital

The Rotary Club of Attadale
Establishing an accurate diagnostic tool for lung transplant rejection
Dr Herbert Ludewick

Heart & Lung Research Institute, Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research at Fiona Stanley Hospital
The Stan Perron Charitable Foundation


Special thanks to our event supporters who made the celebrations possible: The University of Notre Dame Australia, City of Cockburn, City of Fremantle,  Little Creatures Brewing, D’Orsogna, West Cape Howe Wines, Cape Naturalist Dairy and Creative Catering.