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2011 WA Citizen of the Year

Sunday, 29 May 2011


Congratulations to Professor Ralph Martins, Chair in Ageing and Alzheimer’s disease at Edith Cowan University (ECU), who received the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year Professions Award at a ceremony at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on Saturday, 28 May 2011.

It is the second major award of its kind for Professor Martins, who was named as the WA Australian of the Year 2010.

One of the world’s leading researchers into Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Martins is the Head of ECU’s Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care.

He is also the Director of Research for the McCusker Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established to enhance medical research into Alzheimer’s disease in WA.

In accepting the award, Professor Martins thanked his supporters and colleagues.

"This award is all about people and in my case many wonderful West Australians, particularly Malcolm, Carolyn and Tonya McCusker, John Davies, Kevin Taddei, Giuseppe Verdile, Athena Paton and all members of my research team, Graham Nixon and the Board members of the McCusker Foundation, ECU Office of Research and Innovation Director Dr Marcia Taylor, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing Health and Science Professor Tony Watson, and my sponsor Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Finlay-Jones, and the many staff at ECU who have collectively ensured that Alzheimer's research in WA is at the cutting edge internationally."

“I am also indebted to my wife Georgia who has sacrificed so much and supported me in every way possible to pursue my efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, congratulated Professor Martins on the award.

"On behalf of the ECU community I’m delighted to congratulate Professor Martins on his achievement in receiving the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year Professions Award. This prestigious award has been bestowed on a very worthy colleague."

"The award highlights the quality research that Professor Martins is undertaking to improve our understanding of what is a devastating disease. It is also fine recognition of the relevance of much of ECU’s high quality research to the communities we were established to serve."

ECU Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, Donna Cross, and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Cat Hope, were also finalists in the WA Citizen of the Year Awards.

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