Navigation Links
Statistician Professor Terry Speed wins 2013 PM's Prize for Science
Date:10/30/2013

Statistician Professor Terry Speed from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has been awarded the 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for Science for his influential work using mathematics and statistics to help biologists understand human health and disease.

The Prime Minister's Prize for Science is Australia's highest award for excellence in science research, and was presented to Professor Speed tonight at a ceremony at Parliament House. The award recognises the significant importance of bioinformatics in modern biomedical science.

Bioinformatics is a relatively new branch of science that combines maths, statistics and computer science to solve complex biological problems. Over the course of his 44-year career, Professor Speed has developed mathematical and statistical tools that enable biologists to make sense of the vast amounts of information generated by rapidly advancing (next-generation) genetic technologies.

Bioinformatics has made it possible to look at hundreds of genes in a DNA sequence at once to understand the genetic changes involved in complicated diseases such as cancers, and is integral to the genomics revolution that is driving the sequencing of whole genomes in record times. Professor Speed has developed tools to identify genes that are responsible for different traits, diseases or cancers by sifting through these enormous volumes of data.

In addition to developing tools to help biologists analyse and explain their results, Professor Speed is working with biologists to determine the genetic traits that make normal and cancerous cells different; developing tools to help determine if thyroid growths are benign or cancerous; and determining the risk children in malaria-endemic countries have of developing clinical malaria, which helps to inform prevention and treatment strategies.

Professor Speed said it was a great honour to receive the Prime Minister's Prize for Science. "Australia is full of many amazing and talented researchers, so it is humbling to be recognised in this way," he said. "Science is a collaborative effort and I would like to thank the many students, postdocs and colleagues that have supported me throughout my career. In addition, I would like to thank my wife, Sally, whose love and support over the past 50 years has enabled me to pursue my research with passion."

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute director Professor Doug Hilton said he was delighted Professor Speed's global contributions to bioinformatics and biology had been recognised by the Australian Government. "Terry is a champion for statistics and bioinformatics, and has been instrumental in educating the next generation of bioinformaticians," Professor Hilton said. "Not only is his scientific acumen first-class, he is a compassionate mentor and a true leader, demonstrated by his strong support for gender equality."

Professor Speed is head of the institute's Bioinformatics division and he still heads a small group at the University of California, Berkeley, US. He is also involved in The Cancer Genome Atlas project, an international collaboration that is identifying the genetic changes responsible for more than 20 types of cancer, in order to develop new diagnostics and treatments.

The 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for Science is the latest in a string of awards for Professor Speed. In May, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK, while in 2012 he was the recipient of the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation and won the Thomas Reuters Citation Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for being the most cited Australian researcher in that field for the past decade. He also received the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Achievement Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research in 2007, an NHMRC Fellowship in 2009 and the Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2001.


'/>"/>

Contact: Alan Gill
gill.a@wehi.edu.au
61-393-452-719
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Leading statistician receives national citation award
2. Study by Haverford College professor reveals unprecedented impact of Deepwater Horizon on deep ocean
3. A University of Tennessee professors hypothesis may be game changer for evolutionary theory
4. Scripps Research Institute Professor Gerald F. Joyce elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
5. Professor known for work with hunter-gatherers elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
6. Mainz University Medical Center attracts funding of Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
7. NJIT professor awarded patent today for new desalination devices, more
8. UI professor identifies largest known crocodile
9. Biology professor secures grant to save West Virginias primary natural history collection
10. Florida Tech biological sciences professor earns $257,000 NSF grant to study coral diseases
11. Purdue professor to speak before Congress about nanotechnology in brain treatment research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Statistician Professor Terry Speed wins 2013 PM's Prize for Science
(Date:5/16/2016)... --  EyeLock LLC , a market leader of iris-based ... IoT Center of Excellence in Austin, Texas ... embedded iris biometric applications. EyeLock,s iris authentication ... with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most proven ... platform uses video technology to deliver a fast and ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... First quarter 2016:   , Revenues amounted to ... of 2015 The gross margin was 49% (27) ... operating margin was 40% (-13) Earnings per share rose ... was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) , Outlook   ... The operating margin for 2016 is estimated to exceed ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... 15, 2016 Research and ... Biometrics Market 2016-2020,"  report to their offering.  , ... , ,The global gait biometrics market is expected ... the period 2016-2020. Gait analysis generates ... be used to compute factors that are not ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... , June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSX-V: BRM) ... advised by its major shareholders, Clean Technology Fund I, ... United States based venture capital funds which ... Biorem (on a fully diluted, as converted basis), that ... of their entire equity holdings in Biorem to TUS ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... will join the faculty of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business ... strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a focus on the school’s international ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... While the majority of commercial spectrophotometers ... 5000 and the 6000i models are higher end machines that use the more unconventional ... spectrophotometer’s light beam from the bottom of the cuvette holder. , FireflySci has ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... TORONTO , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - ... Ontario biotechnology company, Propellon ... the development and commercialization of a portfolio of ... cancers. Epigenetic targets such as WDR5 represent an ... contribute significantly in precision medicine for cancer patients. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: