Congratulations to Joanne Carson, who was awarded the Kirby Institute’s Postgraduate Student Prize for 2023.
The Kirby Institute Postgraduate Student Prize is an annual award given to the most significant first author paper by a Kirby Institute student, published in the previous calendar year in a peer-reviewed journal in the area of infectious diseases.
The 2023 recipient, Joanne Carson, is a research assistant with the Kirby Institute’s Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program who recently submitted her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Data Science. Her research applies novel methodologies to analyse health data and develop surveillance systems, with a specific focus on infectious diseases, illnesses, and protracted post-infectious manifestations.
The paper for which Ms Carson has received the award is "National trends in retreatment of HCV due to reinfection or treatment failure in Australia'', which was published in the Journal of Hepatology. The paper examines the potential impact of treatment discontinuation, treatment failure, reinfection, and retreatment on hepatitis C elimination efforts in Australia using a range of data sources from prospective cohort studies to big data alongside a range of statistical methodologies, including machine learning.
Ms Carson presented her paper at the Kirby Institute Seminar Series where Scientia Professor Greg Dore, head of the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, presented the award and commended Ms Carson's excellent work.
“Joanne has brought an incredible level of critical thinking and enthusiasm to her work and I've learnt a lot from her. I think that's a great testament to her intellect and enthusiasm," said Prof Dore.