On the 13-14 June 2024, the SDRC, NRS Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network and Brain Health ARC held the Celebrating Scottish Research Conference which highlighted and promoted a range of research taking place across the country. 

As part of our joint commitment to supporting and celebrating the work of researchers across all career stages and disciplines, we held the Celebrating Scottish Research awards at the event. These recognised members of the dementia and brain health research community for outstanding work in their career so far. These were nominated by fellow friends or colleagues and the winners were selected by a judging panel. There were also on the day awards for best poster and speaker presenters. The Award categories and winners are below:

Academic Citizenship

This award recognised those who support the thriving dementia research community in Scotland and contributes in ways beyond their contracted research and teaching. This may have included, but were not limited to, mentorship, outreach, peer review, committee / professional society work and many others.

Winners:  Professor Debbie Tolson & Dr Lucy Stirland

Supporting Early Career Researchers

This awarded the more senior researchers who have helped realise the commitment and passion of people who are newer to dementia research. This includes activities that go beyond supporting people from your host Institution.

Winners: Dr Lisa Davison, Dr Lorraine Work

Rising Star

Rising Star could include anyone that considered themselves early in their research career, and did not have a set time-based restriction. This celebrated people who have potential to be a future leader in dementia and brain health research. 

Winners: Dr Rose Penfold, Dr Cate Pemble

Best Early Career Researcher Presentations

Winners: Suzie Beresford and Dr Connor Dalby

Poster Prizes

Winners: Austin Dibble, Sara Scarfo, Lauren Binning

Congratulations to all the winners! See the photos below to see some of the recipients collect their certificate from Conference Chairs and SDRC Executive Committee Members Prof Terry Quinn and Dr Tom Russ

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