NSLHD News October 23

Clinician researchers join elite group of Australian health professionals Congratulations to the Kolling Institute’s

Executive Director Professor Carolyn Sue and Professor Peter Cistulli on their election as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. The pair has joined a distinguished group recognised for their leadership, personal achievements and outstanding contribution to health and medical research in Australia. Carolyn is a neurologist, internationally respected for her expertise in mitochondrial disorders and Parkinson’s disease. As a clinician scientist at the Kolling Institute and Royal North Shore Hospital, Carolyn runs the country’s largest tertiary referral clinic for patients with complex neurogenetic conditions. Carolyn is driving innovative research to improve our understanding of the genetic links to Parkinson’s disease, and a new project to improve access to diagnosis for mitochondrial disease patients. “I am honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, joining many inspirational colleagues who I have long since admired,” she said. “I would like to acknowledge both my clinical and laboratory research teams who share this recognition with me as we work together to find better ways to improve the lives of the patients we care for.” Peter is the Director of the Sleep Investigation Laboratory at RNSH and Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a clinical and research leader in the field of respiratory and sleep medicine. Peter has made major contributions to our understanding of common sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea. He has pioneered therapies and contributed to a new

Prof Carolyn Sue

Prof Peter Cistulli

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