Queen’s Birthday Honours for neonatologist at forefront of global efforts to find cerebral palsy prevention and cure
Professor Nadia Badawi awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her ground-breaking work
SYDNEY, WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE 2014 – Professor Nadia Badawi, the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy and the woman inspiring world researchers to work collaboratively in their efforts to find cerebral palsy prevention and cure, has been honoured for her lifetime of dedication.
Professor Badawi was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her significant service to paediatrics and neo-natal intensive care medicine as a clinician and researcher, and for her leadership and promotion of research into cerebral palsy.
President of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Marelle Thornton AM, said Professor Badawi was responsible for putting cerebral palsy prevention, cure and intervention on the world research agenda.
‘Our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Badawi for this well-deserved accolade’, said Mrs Thornton AM. ‘Her dedication, commitment and determination have put cerebral palsy research under the international spotlight, and the results have been ground breaking.
‘It was less than a decade ago that the medical world thought cerebral palsy prevention and cure were simply not possible. Thanks to Professor Badawi’s efforts, the pendulum has swung such that some of the world’s best research minds are now working collaboratively and proactively to find ways to not only prevent cerebral palsy and to establish best practice interventions but also to find a cure.
‘We are heading towards breakthroughs, which will have immense positive impacts for future generations around the world’, she said.
Professor Badawi has been the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy since 2009. She was a founding member of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register and NSW Cerebral Palsy Register.
She is also Medical Director and Co-Head of the Grace Centre for Newborn Care and Medical Director of
Neonatology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. In 2011 she was selected by the NHMRC as one of Australia’s researchers who are changing the world.
Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation, Lisa George, says Professor Badawi’s role on the world research stage clearly showed her global leadership in the area of cerebral palsy.
‘The Macquarie Group Foundation is delighted that Professor Badawi has been recognised in this way’, Ms George said. ‘Her role as the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy has had a significant impact on the Australian community and her work fostering collaboration into this condition will have enormous benefits to families everywhere.’
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Released on 11 Jun 2014