Awards and Prizes

ASCEPT Member Awards

ASCEPT offers a number of prestigious prizes to both full and student members the majority of which are awarded at the Annual Scientific Meeting. The call for nominations for these awards are made via the ASCEPT E-newsletter.

Eligibility – member status

Please note a member of ASCEPT is defined as a person whose application for ASCEPT membership has been approved at an ASCEPT AGM and has paid all membership fees up to and including the current year. To be eligible for an ASCEPT Award, you must already be a member according to this definition. Applicants who have applied for membership, but whose membership has not yet been approved at an AGM, are not eligible for ASCEPT awards. If you are unsure of your ASCEPT membership status please contact Tincat.

The only exception to this rule is for new student members. New student members must have submitted an application for membership and paid the membership fee to Tincat by the ASM abstract submission deadline of that year for consideration for prizes and/or travel grants to attend the ASM at the end of that calendar year

Full Member Awards

ASCEPT Michael Rand Medal
The ASCEPT Michael Rand Medal was established in memory of Professor Michael Rand, a founding member of the Society and is awarded biennially to a member of ASCEPT whose research has made an outstanding contribution to the disciplines of clinical and experimental pharmacology or toxicology nationally and internationally. The award is made on the basis of the quality and impact of the candidate’s published work. Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are from March – May. More information.

ASCEPT Lecturer
The ASCEPT Lectureship is awarded biennially to a member of ASCEPT who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of pharmacology and/or toxicology in Australasia. Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are from March – May. More information.

ASCEPT Achievement Award
The ASCEPT Achievement Award is awarded annually to a member of ASCEPT who has made a significant (beyond-the-call of-duty) and sustained contribution to the Society itself or to the disciplines of Pharmacology or Toxicology. Nominees can be at any career stage (young or less young, working or retired). Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are from June – July. More information.

ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award
The ASCEPT Teaching Excellence Award is awarded annually to a member of ASCEPT who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to Education in the fields of Australasian Pharmacology or Toxicology). Each nominee should be nominated and seconded by two ASCEPT members. Nominations are from June – July. More information

ASCEPT Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson New Investigators Awards
These prestigious awards are presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCEPT at a symposium designed to showcase new investigators in clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology. Nominees for the Award must be members of ASCEPT and would normally be expected to have completed not less than two years and not more than eight years in employment since obtaining their highest tertiary qualification. There is no age limit. Each nominee should be nominated by one ASCEPT member. Nominations are from May – June. More information

ASCEPT Gillian Shenfield Early Educator Award
The ASCEPT Gillian Shenfield Early Educator Award was established in 2013 and is awarded annually to an ASCEPT full member to recognise and reward initiatives in pharmacology education that lead to enhanced student outcomes. Applicants must have been members of ASCEPT for at least 2 years and at the level of Lecturer Level B (or equivalent) or below. Applicants can be involved in any aspect of teaching in pharmacology or toxicology, either basic or clinical, and should demonstrate that they have changed their teaching practices to improve learning outcomes amongst their students. More information

ASCEPT Integrative Pharmacology/Toxicology Prize
The ASCEPT Integrative Pharmacology/Toxicology Prize was established in 2010 and is awarded annually to an Honours or Higher Degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting on integrative pharmacology. More information

Student Member Prizes

Several student prizes are on offer each year at the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCEPT. Prizes are open to all Honours and Higher Degree (i.e. PhD and Masters) students and clinicians in an accredited training program or who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their undergraduate degree and are financial members of ASCEPT by the abstract submission deadline.

ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize (Oral Communication Prize)
The ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize was established in memory of Professor Garth McQueen, a member of the original steering committee which established ASCEPT and is awarded annually for the best oral communication by a Higher Degree student member of ASCEPT. A Higher Degree student constitutes anyone undertaking a Masters Degree or PhD in a relevant biomedical discipline. Clinicians in an accredited training program, or who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their undergraduate degree, are also eligible.

To apply for this prize students must:

• Tick the appropriate box on the abstract submission page
• In addition to a standard abstract, submit online an 800 word project description (in PDF format) at the time of abstract submission. View Guidelines

Students will be shortlisted on the basis of the scientific quality, innovation and significance of their study by an ASCEPT judging panel. Students who are shortlisted for the ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize may still present their abstract in poster format so that they remain in contention for the poster prizes. Students who are not shortlisted, will automatically be included in the poster program and thus eligible for the poster prizes.

ASCEPT Clinical Pharmacology Trainee Prize (Oral Communication Prize)
The ASCEPT Clinical Pharmacology Trainee prize is awarded for the best research presentation by a Clinical Pharmacology Trainee at the annual scientific meeting of ASCEPT. Eligible trainees will be current ASCEPT members and currently enrolled as trainees in Clinical Pharmacology under the Speciality Training Committee for Clinical Pharmacology. This prize recognises the importance of research to the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and the importance of experience in presenting at scientific meetings to training in the discipline. All trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts.

To apply for this prize clinical pharmacology trainees must:

• Select ASCEPT oral for Clinical Pharmacology Trainee prize as the presentation preference from the drop-down box on the abstract submission page

The six highest ranked abstracts (the number may vary, dependent on the conference program) will be invited to make oral presentations which will be judged at the dedicated Clinical Pharmacology Trainee session on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to the discipline and quality of presentation. The remaining abstracts will be considered for poster presentation or oral presentations at other sessions as the discretion of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Poster Prizes

All financial student members who submit their abstract prior to the submission closing date will automatically be included in the poster program and hence in the running for the ASCEPT Neville Percy or ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prizes and any relevant Special Interest Group prizes.

ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize
The ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize was established in memory of Dr Neville Percy, one of the founding members of the Society and is awarded annually to a Higher Degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize
The ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize was established in memory of Professor Robert Whelan, a co-founder of the Society and is awarded annually to a BSc Honours, BMedSci or equivalent degree student for the best poster communication at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Visit the Meeting 2014 abstract submission page to view details about submitting a poster and download the poster prize instruction PDF.

Special Interest Group Prizes

Students whose research falls under an area of interest of one of ASCEPT’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will automatically be considered for the relevant SIG Prize. Note SIGs covering clinical research areas (i.e. the Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology SIGs) may also consider registrants in an accredited training program and non-students who have worked for less than seven years full-time since completing their first undergraduate degree, for their prizes.

The following Special Interest Groups award a prize annually to the student who gives the best overall presentation in their specific research field:

  • ASCEPT Clinical Trainee Prize
  • ASCEPT Clinical Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Cardiovascular Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Toxicology Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Drug Disposition & Response Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Drug Discovery Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Neuro & Behavioural Pharmacology Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Gastro Urogenital Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group Prize
  • ASCEPT Pharmacoepidemiology Special Interest Group Prize

 

Congratulations to the following 2016 prize winners!


ASCEPT AWARDS

BPS/ASCEPT Outstanding Young Investigator Prize
Dr Chantal Donovan–University of Newcastle

ASCEPT Garth McQueen Prize
James Coleman–Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

ASCEPT Neville Percy Prize
Tony Ngo–Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

ASCEPT Robert Whelan Prize
Margaret Mouat–Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

ASCEPT Integrative Pharmacology/Toxicology Prize
Liam Koehn–University of Melbourne

ASCEPT Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson New Investigators Award
Dr Iman Azimi-University of Queensland
Dr Christopher Walker–University of Auckland
Dr Kashyap Patel–Monash University
Dr Chantal Donovan–University of Newcastle

 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP PRIZES 

ASCEPT Clinical Trainee Prize
Dr Katherine Langan–Monash University

ASCEPT Clinical Special Interest Group Prize
Nicholas Atwal–University of Sydney

ASCEPT Clinical Weekend Prize
Tom Wilsdon–Flinders University

ASCEPT Cardiovascular Special Interest Group Prize
Caitllin Lewis-Monash University

ASCEPT Toxicology Special Interest Group Prize
Davy Guan–University of Sydney

ASCEPT Drug Disposition & Response Special Interest Group Prize
Rajbharan Yadav–Monash University

ASCEPT Drug Discovery Special Interest Group Prize
Rebeekah Bower–University of Auckland

ASCEPT Neuro & Behavioural Pharmacology Special Interest Group Prize
Andrew Ghaly–Monash University

ASCEPT Gastro Urogenital Special Interest Group Prize
Rujeela Acharya & Jesse Di Celleo – Monash University

ASCEPT Inflammation Respiratory Special Interest Group Prize
Larissa Dill – RMIT University

ASCEPT Pharmacoepidemiology Special Interest Group Prize
Sujita Narayan – University of Otago