Australian of the Year:


Valued Senior Member

Australian of the Year 2017
Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim
Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries

An inspirational scientist and international leader in stem cell research, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has given hope to thousands of Australians with spinal cord injuries. A global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells, Alan led the world’s first clinical trial using these cells in spinal cord injury. In 2014, Alan’s research helped play a central role in the world’s first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man. As the director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research for a decade, Alan’s research has championed the use of stem cells to understand the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. Alan’s pioneering work has led to collaborations with teams of health professionals who are translating his research into clinical practice. He has laid the foundation for the next generation of researchers and demonstrated the value of inquiry, persistence and empathy.
Why did I post this Information? For all you Foreigners out there[:p] today is Australia Day, or as some indigenous Australians prefer to call it, "Invasion Day"
Australia Day is our National day commemorating the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, with the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip, 18 years after Captain James Cook mapped the East coast of Australia and landed at a place called Botany Bay, around 10 kms from Port Jackson, or what we now simply call Sydney Harbour..
What am I doing today?
Friends over and roasting a Leg of Lamb, along with a couple of kilos of sausages and Prawns, washed down with a few cans of VB!
SBS: Why the media need to tread carefully when reporting research findings.

Last week, the Australian of the Year was awarded to biomedical scientist and stem cell researcher, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim. To have a scientist recognised for such a prestigious award was extraordinary, especially during such a challenging time for research in Australia and globally.

But alas, there was barely time for the firework-smoke-haze to clear and Australia Day hangovers to subside before criticisms emerged and accusations were made that Professor Mackay-Sim had played no role in the scientific miracle that saw a paralysed man walk again.

While the types of cells used were similar (stem cells taken from the nose), the team responsible for the “miracle” say Mackay-Sim’s work did not inform their own. Mackay-Sim has reportedly vowed to make this clear over the course of his duties as Australian of the Year.

Anyone who knows anything about how science is funded, will not find this surprising in the least. Oh well, what did you expect when you have nearly communist levels of socialism? Funding comes from GiverMint. To get it you have to 'sexy' up your research. Lots and lots of highly paid bullshitters out there.

AAMOF the whole western economy, including research and higher education, has become fake-it-till-you-make-it based on never ending population growth (see: Refugees). Anyone with an ounce of integrity would just leave whenever is possible, go work in industry or start your own business, at least you're likely to provide real benefits that actually help real people.