Next-gen researcher wins prestigious Tall Poppy Award

Five of Deakin University’s future scientific leaders were honoured with a Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award during last night’s ceremony.

Dr Tanveer Adyel, Associate Professor Shariful Islam, Associate Professor Nicole Kiss, Dr Jake Linardon and IMPACT’s very own Dr Wolfgang Marx are among 13 Victorian researchers celebrated this year by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science (AIPS).

The awards recognise excellence in emerging scientists and their research, as well as their enthusiasm for communicating science beyond the walls of the laboratory.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Alfred Deakin Professor Julie Owens said the awards are a testament to the calibre of early career researchers at Deakin.

‘I am proud to congratulate Dr Adyel, Assoc. Prof. Islam, Assoc. Prof. Kiss, Dr Linardon and Dr Marx on this significant achievement.

‘As Victorian Tall Poppies, our emerging researchers will act as notable science ambassadors for the communities their work impacts. Our University is delighted to have such a strong talent pool of early career researchers who are encouraging young Australians to follow in their footsteps,’

– Professor Julie Owens

Dr Marx follows in the footsteps of previous Victorian Tall Poppy award winner and colleague Associate Professor Adrienne O’Neil. A/Prof. O’Neil was amongst the 2021 recipients for her research into mental health care, particularly surrounding the relationship between mental health and heart disease.

Dr Wolfgang Marx – Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT)

The recent census revealed more than two million Australians are living with a mental health condition as a long-term illness. It turns out that what we eat and our lifestyle approaches can have a bigger impact on our brain, mood and mental health than previously thought.

As lead author, Dr Marx’s recently produced a new set of lifestyle guidelines for treating depression. His research is tackling mental illness by improving the way we eat. This significantly will expand treatment options in the current climate where the global incidence of depression is increasing, and the mental health workforce is overstretched.

Read more about Wolf’s recent work here.

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