James Bourne recognised for innovative research

28 June 2018
Congratulations James on receiving the NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award
Associate Professor James Bourne received the Marshall and Warren Award at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2018 Research Excellence Awards in Canberra. The prestigious event recognises recent outstanding performances in the health and medical research field.
Associate Professor James Bourne, Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University, is focused on better understanding the complex circuits between the brain and eye, in order to help those recovering from brain injury as well as children experiencing difficulty with their vision.

“Our research will also help children who start to show early signs of movement and vision problems, in explaining why they may be experiencing those problems and how we might help them in overcoming these challenges,” he explained. 

Already, his research has found a new pathway linking the eye to the brain which is responsible for integrating specific visual information, and his findings have seen better informed care and treatment for those with a brain injury, as well children who show early signs of movement and vision problems.

The Marshall and Warren Award honours the most innovative project which could change the way an illness or disease is diagnosed, treated or prevented. The award is named after Australian Nobel Laureates Professors Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The Bourne Group at ARMI is at the forefront of understanding visual brain development and plasticity, as well as studying pathology states such as stroke and James is a most worthy recipient of the Marshall and Warren Award.

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso said every scientist honoured has presented the highest quality research application for their grant category as determined by independent expert review panels. “Considering NHMRC received over 5,400 applications last year, these are truly great achievements,” she said.

Associate Professor James Bourne is a Chief Investigator at Stem Cells Australia. 

For more information:
Read ‘A team effort’, James Bourne reflects as awardee of an NHMRC Award, on the ARMI website. 
Read NHMRC Excellence Award success for Monash, on the Monash University website.