Dr Nicole Joshua

Dr Nicole Joshua2007 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Nicole holds the degree of BSc (Psychology and Psychophysiology) from Swinburne University (2004).

Nicole's PhD project entitled "An investigation into configural processing and facial emotion perception in schizophrenia" was carried out at the Mental Health Research Institute, Melbourne.

Aug 2007

Dr Gregory Keane

Dr Gregory Keane2010 Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University

Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Medical Science from University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the RANZCP.

Consultant Psychiatrist at the Peninsula Health Service, Salvation Army Health Service and Alfred Health in Victoria.

Gregory will study for a Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at the Harvard School of Public Health.

May 2010

Professor Andrew Kenyon

Professor Andrew Kenyon1996 Menzies Scholar in Law

Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and Master of Laws from University College, London and is admitted to practise law in Victoria.

Current positions

Professor of Law and a Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law in the Melbourne Law School.

Areas of Professional Interest

Research in comparative media and communications law, including defamation, privacy, copyright, journalism and media policy. As well as legal doctrine, this research examines social and cultural aspects of law.

Editor of the international refereed journal, the Media & Arts Law Review, a Network Participant in the Australian Research Council Cultural Research Network, and past president of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand.

April 2009

Dr Matthew Kiernan

Dr Matthew Kiernan

1999 Menzies Scholar in Medicine

1990 : MB, BS (Hons), University of Sydney
1997 : PhD, University of New South Wales
1997 : FRACP

Other awards and achievements
2003 Australian Physicians Independent Committee Neuroscience Award.
2002 Leonard Cox Award for Neuroscience Research, Australian Association of Neurologists.
2002 Clinical Investigatorship, Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation.
2002 Clinical Research Award, Ramaciotti Foundation.
1999-2002 CJ Martin/RG Menzies Travelling Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (top applicant in Australia).
1998 JJ Billings Overseas Travelling Fellowship, Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
1998 Australian Association of Neurologists Overseas Training Position, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK.
1996 The Young Investigator Award, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Association of Neurologists.
1995 Royal Australasian College of Physicians NSW State Committee Advanced Trainees Award for Best Research.
1995 National Health and Medical Research Council Medical Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
1994 Faculty of Medicine Scholarship, University of New South Wales.
1994 Whitmont Fellowship, Australian Brain Foundation.

Liz Killen

Liz Killen2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

Liz Killen has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for her outstanding academic record, including the receipt of the 2012 University Medal for the best performance in her Chemical Engineering undergraduate degree and thesis, along with her contribution to community . Liz’s outreach and community engagement in activities include participation in Scientists in Schools and the Aspire Ambassador programs, aimed at inspiring students to take up STEM subjects in High School and University along with other philanthropic endeavours such as acting as a Relay for Life team leader in 2013 and 2015 raising money for the Cancer Council Australia.

Liz will complete a Master of Science Communication at the Imperial College, London.

Patrick Ky

Patrick Ky2008 Menzies Scholar in Law

Patrick Ky holds the degrees of LLB (H1) and the Supreme Court Prize and BSc from Monash University and was placed 1/368 in his graduating class.

Patrick completed the one year BCL at Oxford University.

Oct 2009

Assoc Professor Liisa Laakso

Assoc Professor Liisa Laakso1991 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Menzies Memorial Scholars Association:
Secretary/Treasurer 2009-2011, President 2011-2013
BPhty (Hons), PhD, GradCertHlthMgmnt (QH)

Other awards and achievements
Australian Physiotherapy Association (Qld Branch) Award for Contribution to Physiotherapy Research – 2001

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University.

Career history/highlights:
1981: Graduated BPhty (1st Class Honours) from The University of Queensland.
Worked in a number of clinical positions in hospitals and private practices throughout 1980-90s (including Physiotherapist / Senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospitals – 1982-85 and 1988-2002; and St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney – 1986-87).
1991 Menzies Memorial Scholar (Allied Health): Funded PhD studies to completion in 1992/93.
Graduated with PhD in 1995 in field of physiotherapy (chronic pain and laser therapy).
Graduated with Graduate Certificate in Management (QH) from Queensland University of Technology in 1999.
1999-2002: Clinical Lecturer (conjoint appointment between The University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane Hospital).
2002-present: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus).

Quan Lau

Quan Lau

2015 Menzies Scholarship in Engineering

Quan completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, graduating with First Class Honours and the Dean’s Honours Prize. She currently works at AECOM as a graduate engineer.

Quan is passionate about social and environmental justice, and is the Regional President of Engineers Without Borders in Victoria. She has previously worked as an intern at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and has volunteered overseas in Cambodia and India. In 2014, she was named by Engineers Australia as a “Young Leader to Watch”.

Professor Adrian Liston

Adrian Liston bio20152005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship

Adrian Liston is Professor of Translational Immunology at the University of Leuven and the Flanders Institute of Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium. His team at the University works on both aspects of discovery immunology (Treg biology, diabetes) and applied immunology (autoimmunity, gene discovery in paediatric immune diseases).

Adrian’s PhD research was on T cell tolerance and diabetes with Professor Chris Goodnow at the Australian National University, followed by post-doctoral research on regulatory T cell biology with Professor Sasha Rudensky at the University of Washington, with the support of his 2005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship. In 2009 Adrian was invited to set up an independent research laboratory in the VIB and the University of Leuven.

Adrian Liston has published more than 90 scientific papers, with over 3500 citations.

- Master of Public Health
- PhD (Medical Sciences)
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
- Bachelor of Science Honours
- Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

Major awards

2001 - University Medal, Adelaide University
2005 - Frank Fenner Medal, Australian National University
2005 – NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship
2006 – RG Menzies Leadership Award
2010 - ERC Start Grant Award
2010 - JDRF Career Development Award
2015 - Dr. Karel-Lodewijk Prize, Belgium

July 2015

Angela Lopes

Angela Lopes2011 RG Menzies Scholar to Harvard

Angela Lopes holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with First Class Honours and the University Medal and a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) from the University of Sydney. Angela has worked on various consulting projects on the issue of climate change and sustainability and the associated commercial and political difficulties in introducing technologies. Angela will undertake an MBA (Strategy and Business Development) at Harvard Business School.

Jun 2011

Dr Anne Lowell

Dr Anne Lowell1990 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

After graduating as a Speech Pathologist in 1980 I worked in Victoria, the Northern Territory and South Australia for ten years. I became increasingly interested in the developmental and educational effects of conductive hearing loss due to otitis media (middle ear infections) particularly for Indigenous Australian children - a group with an extremely high prevalence of otitis media (as high as 100% in some communities).

As employment opportunities in that area were limited but research funding relatively abundant at the time I began a PhD in 1990 and in that year I was awarded the Menzies Scholarship in Allied Health. My field work was conducted in a remote island community off the coast of Arnhemland - quite a contrast to the environment most Menzies scholars experience! The findings of this study identified many positive features of communicative interaction within this community which supported children with hearing loss and raised many questions about cultural differences in language socialisation.

This led to another study looking at communication at home to better understand why some children appeared less disadvantaged by their hearing loss than we, as outsiders, might assume. The assumptions many of us hold about communication and socialisation were repeatedly challenged in these studies and led to other work which would enable the experts - Aboriginal people themselves - greater participation in identifying and addressing their children's needs.