At the presentation ceremony in August the 2018 Young Researcher of the Year was awarded to Dr Robert Galinsky for his outstanding progress in developmental neuroscience. Currently developing a collaborative research program into the causes, detection and treatment of preterm brain injury, such as cerebral palsy, at the Ritchie Centre (Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University), Dr Galinsky’s earlier work on detection and assessment of preterm brain injury has already attracted international recognition.
Only five years out from completing his PhD, Dr Galinsky has successfully lead a number of studies that show inflammation plays a major role in triggering brain injury in preterm infants. His current research focuses on developing treatments that target inflammation in preterm babies to promote healthy brain growth and development. To date, Dr Galinsky’s research has secured $1.0 m in national and international funding, all impressive achievements, particularly for an early career scientist.