James Hudson recognised as Tall Poppy in science

18 October 2019
Congratulations James
Associate Professor James Hudson, who leads the Organoid Research Group at QIMR Berghofer, was awarded a prestigious Tall Poppy Award, for his outstanding research that will help improve the health of Australians.

Associate Professor Hudson has been developing new technologies to grow miniature human heart muscles in the laboratory that he has used to identify potential new heart regeneration drugs that could eventually help combat cardiac disease.

He has also extended his research program to develop other tissues in the lab that could be used to develop treatments for other conditions.

Associate Professor Hudson said the Tall Poppy Awards played an important role in highlighting the significance of science and technology in Australia.

“It’s humbling to receive this award and to be given the opportunity to mentor and inspire future generations of scientists,” he said.

“Australia has a vigorous research community that is constantly working to improve the health and wellbeing of our society. It’s gratifying to know that our efforts are being recognised.

“I think new human organoid models have the potential to enhance the discovery of new drugs around the world. I am delighted that the hard work of my team has been recognised with this award and am excited that we can share our new technologies not just with the scientific community, but now also the public.”

Congratulations James and all Tall Poppy Award winners.

Associate Professor James Hudson is an Affiliate Investigator with Stem Cells Australia.

About the Tall Poppy Awards
The Tall Poppy awards were created by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science in 1998 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and to encourage young people to follow in their footsteps.

Tall Poppy awards are presented in each state each year.

The award recipients participate in education and community outreach programs such as school visits, seminars and workshops to inspire school students and the broader community about the possibilities of science.