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Health researcher nominated as a future Australian leader

A leading researcher from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has been nominated in a prestigious search by The Australian newspaper to find the 100 leaders of the future.

Medical sociologist Dr Samantha Thomas of the School of Primary Health Care was nominated in the health category of the Next 100 awards, recognising her distinctive talent and innovative contribution to understanding the socio-cultural factors that lead to chronic disease, and especially obesity.

Her career includes time spent working at the World Health Organisation in the area of mental health and Indigenous health, and a role at King's College London, where she explored the experiences of those deployed to the Iraq War.

In her obesity research, Dr Thomas focuses on the social and health experiences of individuals who are overweight, with a particular focus on the role of stigma and discrimination.

Professor James Whisstock from the School of Biomedical Sciences was nominated in the health category of the Next 100 awards, recognising his work in unravelling the secrets of proteins. The work has already won him the 2008 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, and the 2006 Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Professor Julian Savalescu, an Oxford ethicist, Monash medical alumnus, and recipient of a 2009 Monash Distinguished Alumni Awards, has been nominated in the ‘Thinking’ category.



Dr Samantha Thomas

Dr Samantha Thomas