Professor Elizabeth Gardiner recognised for outstanding contributions to research

Professor Elizabeth Gardiner
14 July 2020

Professor Gardiner has been presented with one of five International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Esteemed Career Awards in recognition of her significant contributions to the understanding, treatment and diagnosis, research and education in the thrombosis and haemostasis field.

“I am shocked but immensely proud to receive this award. This is an acknowledgement by my peers, internationally.” said Professor Gardiner.

“This award recognises the outstanding work of my research team, collaborators and colleagues at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and at the ANU.”

Haemostasis is the process that minimises blood volume loss and stops bleeding, by keeping blood within damaged blood vessels. It is the first stage of wound healing.

Disorders can occur in any of the pathways of haemostasis and can be inherited or acquired during life as abnormal bleeding or clotting. Bleeding is recognized clinically as anything from easy bruising through to major haemorrhage, where the effects can be devastating.

Thrombosis is the spontaneous formation of blood clots in blood veins and arteries which is equally devastating if not controlled.

Professor Gardiner is the head of The ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics at JCSMR and since moving her laboratory to JCSMR in 2016, Elizabeth has co-established the National Platelet Research and Referral Centre (NPRC) with colleagues at JCSMR and The Canberra Hospital.

The NPRC seeks to improve our understanding of platelet disorders and identify the most effective treatment options through collaborative and targeted research approaches.

There are five recipients of the ISTH Esteemed Career Award annually, whose career contributions have significantly advanced the scientific community’s understanding or treatment of diseases and disorders that affect haemostasis.

“I’m delighted for Liz that her achievements have been recognised like this”, said Professor Graham Mann, Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

“Her research continues to address important questions about the molecular pathways involved in clotting and bleeding, always focussed on translating her fundamental discoveries, tools and assays into benefit for patients.”

“We all congratulate Liz for her very well-deserved success”.

The ISTH presents the Esteemed Career Awards during the ISTH Congress and this year recognised Professor Gardiner along with Francis J. Castellino, Emmanuel J. Favaloro, Andreas Greinacher, and John W. Weisel.