Dr Gina Ravenscroft has been recognised as one of Western Australia’s best young scientists at the State ceremony of the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.
Dr Ravenscroft is a senior member in the Neurogenetic Diseases Laboratory at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, where she investigates the genetic causes of severe neuromuscular conditions.
Despite being “early” in her research career, Dr Ravenscroft is considered a leader in the field of disease gene discovery, for a group of neuromuscular conditions that present in utero and are often fatal.
Dr Ravenscroft has built a unique patient cohort through valuable collaborations with clinicians across Australia and overseas, and her work has already had a positive impact on families affected by these diseases.
Dr Ravenscroft said she was honoured to receive a Young Tall Poppy Science Award, especially given the excellent scientific research being produced in Western Australia.
“WA is a hub of scientific excellence particularly around genetic diseases and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s best researchers right here,” Dr Ravenscroft said.
“My ultimate goal is to help provide answers for the families I work with and it’s terrific that awards like this can help give recognition to the work needed in rare genetic diseases.”
The awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science
AIPS General Manager Camille Thomson said the awards, which are held state-by-state, celebrate the country’s best and brightest young achievers across the sciences.
“Many Young Tall Poppies go on to achieve even greater things and become inspiring leaders in their field,” she said.
“They also become role models by working with the education and community sectors to encourage greater engagement in science.”