Monash researchers claim top honours in The Australian’s Research 2020 Magazine

In a year like no other, our jointly appointed Monash University and Monash Health academic clinician researchers, have shown that nothing gets in the way of pushing the boundaries of research, innovation and improvements for our community. Even within this climate, our researchers have continued their drive for excellence in healthcare.

We are excited that three of our clinical researchers were recognised recently in The Australian’s Research 2020 Magazine. The annual publication salutes top researchers nationally who have proved their value to Australia. Given the unique pressures and challenges they’ve faced, this year’s edition of the magazine is more relevant than ever.

Congratulations to Professor Helena Teede, Professor Peter Ebeling, AO, and Professor Sophia Zoungas for being named Australia’s top researchers in their individual fields of research. Chosen within the category of Health and Medical Sciences, Professor Teede topped the field for research in Reproductive Health, Professor Ebeling, AO, for Endocrinology and Professor Zoungas for Diabetes.

Only 66 scholars are listed in the category of Australia’s leading researchers in health and medical sciences, with one leader selected from each of the 66 fields in the discipline. They are the researchers with the highest number of citations from papers published in the past five years in the 20 top journals in their field.

Leaders are chosen objectively, using data analytics based on where individual researchers publish and how many citations they have. This presents an opportunity for excellence to be recognised, and for a broader audience to learn about fascinating avenues of inquiries and important discoveries.

The Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI), led by Professor Teede, is a valued partnership between Monash Health and Monash University School of Public Health, led by Professor Zoungas. MCHRI forms a unique collaborative centre focused on directly delivering improved health outcomes. Located at Monash Health within the Monash Health Translation Precinct, MCHRI aims to bring together leading researchers and push the frontiers of research and clinical improvements. MCHRI creates, synthesises, implements and translates research to deliver health impact.

Professor Helen Skouteris, Deputy Director, MCHRI, praised her Monash colleagues on the acknowledgment.
“The recognition is well deserved and based on citations over five years making this a significant body of work in their areas of expertise,” she said.
“We couldn’t be happier for Helena, Peter, and Sophia for taking out the ‘trifecta’ in their discipline.”

Insight into our leading researchers

Professor Helena Teede – reproductive health
Professor Teede holds leadership roles across health care, research, and policy, including as an Endocrinologist at Monash Health, Director of MCHRI, School of Public Health and co-director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Monash University, and Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.
Professor Teede’s research interests focus on women’s metabolic and reproductive health.

Her research has progressed from isolated efficacy studies to broader effectiveness, leading Centres of Research Excellence and NHMRC approved evidence-based guidelines with active implementation and improved clinical outcomes nationally and internationally. She has translated her work into government-funded implementation programs in clinical practice and public health in Australia and now internationally, including into resource-poor settings.

Helena also has an interest in advancing women in leadership, including research, education, and translation of evidence into practice.

Professor Peter Ebeling, AO – endocrinology  
Professor Peter Ebeling, AO, is Head of the Department of Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Professor Ebeling has an H-index of 73 with 24,500 citations and has over 430 peer-reviewed publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS, USA), and Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. There have been 150 publications over the last five years.  Professor Ebeling’s research interests include musculoskeletal health and diseases, public health aspects of vitamin D, post-transplantation osteoporosis, osteoporosis in men, and biochemical bone turnover markers.   In 2015, Professor Ebeling was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to medicine in the field of bone health through academic contributions and research initiatives in a range of administrative, executive, and professional roles.

Professor Sophia Zoungas – diabetes  
Professor Sophia Zoungas is an endocrinologist and a leading clinician scientist and trialist. Professor Zoungas’ current clinical appointment is as a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology and Diabetes at Monash Health and Alfred Health, where she provides inpatient and outpatient services.

She is Head of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and Professor of Diabetes, Vascular Health and Ageing. Her research focuses on the generation and implementation of evidence for the prevention, screening, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and its complications of kidney and cardiovascular disease.

Professor Zoungas directs and supports projects and teaching on health care delivery and advises on clinical epidemiological methods and trial design, conduct, and reporting.

You can read The Australian’s Research 2020 Magazine in full here.

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