Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

 

 ANZSN Awards

 

ANZSN AWARDS PROGRAM

ANZSN Awards recognise and honour the outstanding contributions and achievements of the Society’s Members across career stage, the domains of basic science and clinical science, and within craft groups.

These Awards are presented annually and to preserve the honour conferred by an ANZSN Award there shall be only one winner in each individual Award in any given year (excluding any approved ‘runner up’ prize/s for individual Awards). 

The process by which ANZSN Awards are determined varies by the type of Award, but may include one of the following process steps:

 

SENIOR CAREER AWARDS

The TJ Neale Award and the ANZSN Leadership Award are the Society’s two senior career awards.  Senior Career is defined as more than 12 years (FTE) from Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.

Nominations for both these awards are sought through a ‘Call for Nominations’ issued to all members.  Applications are assessed by a sub-committee of the Scientific Program and Awards Committee on their merits against relevant criteria.

 

ANZSN TJ (Jim) Neale Award

The TJ (Jim) Neale Award was established by the ANZSN in 1995 and is the Society’s highest scientific award.

This award is made in honour of Professor TJ Neale who had a distinguished career as a scientist and clinical Nephrologist. Following his early and tragic death in 1994 the ANZSN created an award in perpetuity in his honour. 

The TJ Neale Award recognises the outstanding contribution to Nephrological Science made by a senior researcher who has been engaged in their own independent research program for more than 12 years (FTE) since PhD acceptance.

This Award is one of two senior career awards offered by the ANZSN, the other being the ANZSN Leadership Award. Senior Career is defined as more than 12 years (FTE) since the date of confirmation of RACP Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.

The Award is made biennially and there will be only one recipient of the Award in any given Award year.

 

ANZSN Leadership Award NEW in 2021

The ANZSN Leadership Award was established by the ANZSN in 2021 and is the Society’s highest leadership award.

The Award recognises outstanding leadership in Nephrology as demonstrated by a significant contribution to one or more of the following areas of education and teaching, clinical care, health policy and advocacy at a national and international level.

This Award is one of two senior career awards offered by the Society, the other being the TJ Neale Award. Senior Career is defined as more than 12 years (FTE) since the date of confirmation of RACP Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.

The Award is made biennially and there will be only one recipient of the Award in any given Award year.  The inaugural award is to be presented in 2021.

 

Career Advancement Award NEW in 2021

The Career Advancement Award recognises the need to support researchers seeking to re-establish their research activities after a period of career interruption.  The Award aims to support the expansion and growth of the recipient’s research program, undertaken as a member of an established laboratory or research program, or as an independent researcher.

Nominations for the Awards are sought through a ‘Call for Nominations’ issued to all members.  Applications are assessed by a sub-committee of the Scientific Program Awards Committee on their merits against relevant criteria.

Applicants for the Award must be financial members of the ANZSN for 12 months (FTE – based on documented career breaks) prior to the date at which the ASM is to commence. The Awards will be available for members who are two to 12 years post PhD measured from the date on which the PhD was accepted to the date of the first day of the ASM and must evidence solid engagement with research prior to career interruption, detail career interruption and a clear gap in research capacity.

The inaugural award is to be presented in 2021.

 

ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING AWARDS

Awards presented at the ANZSN Annual Scientific Meeting and the Aotearoa New Zealand Meeting acknowledge outstanding research contributions and achievements of ANZSN Members across both clinical and basic sciences and at varying career stages.   

Nomination for an Award is made during the Call for Abstracts process for the respective meeting each year.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Only ANZSN Members who are financial at the date of ASM abstract closing are eligible to nominate for an Award.   

For any additional eligibility criteria please refer to the information below about the individual awards.

All Career Stages

Mid Career Awards NEW in 2021

Mid-career is defined as 5 years and up to 12 years (FTE) from confirmation of RACP Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.

*These Awards also require the submission of written information which is additional to the abstract.

Preliminary Career Awards

Preliminary Career stage includes Basic or Advanced Trainees or Fellows less than two years post-date of confirmation of RACP Fellowship or those who are pre-PhD or less than two years since PhD acceptance.

               

Craft Group Awards

 

The abstracts submitted for an Award are ranked, with the winner determined as follows:

 

Kidney Health Australia Clinical Science Award 

The Kidney Health Australia Clinical Science Award recognises the outstanding contribution to research by ANZSN Members in clinical science. 

This Award is open to all ANZSN Members, regardless of the stage of their career.  

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

Only one abstract per applicant can be selected for presentation. In the case of more than one abstract per applicant being ranked highly, the top ranked abstract will be selected for presentation.  

The highest ranked clinical science abstracts will be delivered as an oral presentation for adjudication at the ANZSN ASM.  

Shortlisted Award applicants must attend the ASM and make an oral presentation of the abstract at the dedicated Clinical Science Award session to be considered eligible for the Award.

 

ANZSN Basic Science Award 

The ANZSN Basic Science Award recognises the outstanding contribution to research by ANZSN Members in basic science. 

This Award is open to all ANZSN Members, regardless of the stage of their career.  

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

Only one abstract per applicant can be selected for presentation. In the case of more than one abstract per applicant being ranked highly, the top ranked abstract will be selected for presentation.  

The highest ranked basic science abstracts will be delivered as an oral presentation for adjudication at the ANZSN ASM.  

Shortlisted Award applicants must attend the ASM and make oral presentation of the abstract at the dedicated Basic Science Award session to be considered eligible for the Award.

 

Mid-Career Clinical Science Award

The Mid-Career Clinical Science Award recognises the best abstract and research track record by a mid-career researcher in clinical science.  This Award is for renal research involving interactions with patients, diagnostic clinical materials and data, or populations (Clinical Science).

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN of at least 12 months standing at the date of abstract closing. 

Applicants must be within 5 years and up to 12 years (FTE) from confirmation of RACP Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.  The applicant must be the first or last author of the abstract and must be the presenting author, if invited to deliver an oral presentation.

Applicants for the Mid-Career Clinical Science Award must submit, in addition to their abstract, a summary (maximum 1 page) outlining their career progression to date, significant career achievements and evidence of an independent research program that is clearly separate from their PhD (where relevant).

The Award can be received only once by a candidate.

 

Mid-Career Basic Science Award

The Mid-Career Basic Science Award recognises the best research abstract and research track record by a mid-career researcher in basic science. This Award is for laboratory-based in vitro and in vivo scientific research conducted to increase fundamental knowledge of the kidney and understand mechanisms of kidney related disease (Basic Science).

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN of at least 12 months standing at the date of abstract closing. 

Applicants must be within 5 years and up to 12 years (FTE) from confirmation of RACP Fellowship or date of PhD acceptance.  The applicant must be the first or last author of the abstract and must be the presenting author, if invited to deliver an oral presentation.

Applicants for the Mid-Career Basic Science Award must submit, in addition to their abstract, a summary (maximum 1 page) outlining their career progression to date, significant career achievements and evidence of an independent research program that is clearly separate from their PhD (where relevant).

The Award can be received only once by a candidate.

 

Young Investigator Awards

The Young Investigator Awards (YIA) recognise the outstanding contribution to research by individual ANZSN Members who are in the early stage of their Nephrology careers.  

Awards are presented in each of Clinical Science and Basic Science: 

Each presenting author can only nominate one abstract in the Young Investigator Award category.   

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

Applicants must be in the preliminary stage of their career and preferably be enrolled in a higher degree (or just submitted). The research supervisor must be listed. The presenting author should be the first author and he/she should be the primary driver of the research presented.  

Short listed Award applicants must attend the ASM and make an oral presentation of the abstract at the dedicated Young Investigator Award session to be considered eligible for the Award.  

 

Shaun Summers Clinical Trainee Award

This Award is made in honour of the late Dr Shaun Summers for his outstanding contribution as a researcher, a clinician, and a teacher in the fields of Nephrology and General Medicine 

The Shaun Summers Clinical Trainee Award recognises an outstanding research contribution by an ANZSN Member who is working full time as either a clinical trainee or a Nephrology Advanced Trainee, and who is not enrolled in any higher research degree.  

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

Applicants must be working full-time as either a Basic (clinical) Trainee or a nephrology Advanced Trainee and not be enrolled in any higher research degree.

The applicant should be the first author and have undertaken the research whilst working exclusively in a training position (usually full-time and not a research position).   

Submissions may be any clinical or basic science research, including but not limited to clinical audits, cohort and case series studies, guideline implementation projects, and morbidity mortality reviews.  

Each applicant can nominate only one abstract in the Shaun Summers Clinical Trainee Award.   

If the abstract nominated for this Award wins either a Young Investigator Award or another Award, it will not be considered further for the Shaun Summers Clinical Trainee Award.   

The highest ranked abstracts will be delivered as an oral presentation for adjudication at the ANZSN ASM.  

 

Bruce Morrison Award (Aotearoa New Zealand only)

This Award is made in honour of the late Dr Bruce Morrison for his outstanding contribution to Nephrology in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The Bruce Morrison Award is directed at ANZSN Members resident in Aotearoa New Zealand who are working as a RACP Nephrology Advanced Trainee.  

Applicants must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

Applicants must be working full time as a RACP Nephrology Advanced Trainee in a clinical role.  Trainees are ineligible for the Award once RACP Fellowship is confirmed.

Only those Award applicants who attend the ANZSN Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Meeting and, if shortlisted, make an oral presentation at the dedicated Bruce Morrison Award session, will be considered eligible for the Award.

 

Advancing Equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori Award NEW in 2021

The Advancing Equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori Award recognises an individual or team who has/have presented the best research aimed at improving kidney disease outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Māori.  This Award enables ANZSN to celebrate important equity work by Society Members and collaborators, and financially support equity related research by the awarded individual or team. 

This Award is open to all ANZSN Members, regardless of the stage of their career.  

Applicants for the Award must be financial members of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. For team applications, the Lead Applicant must be a financial member of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing. 

It must be clear within the abstract that the purpose of the research is to advance equitable outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia and/or Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

A previous winner of the award will not be eligible to reapply for a period of 5 years.

 

ANZSN and Kidney Health Australia Environmental Research Award

The ANZSN and Kidney Health Australia Environmental Research Award fosters research into mechanisms for transforming current practice into a more environmentally sustainable practice and care by recognising the outstanding contribution of individual Members in this field of research.

This Award is open to all ANZSN Members, regardless of the stage of their career.  

Applicants for the Award must be financial members of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing.

The abstract submitted must be environmentally themed.

If an oral (rather than poster or alternative form of presentation) is approved the oral presentation must be delivered at the ASM.

 

ANZSN and Dietitians Australia Nutrition Research Award

The ANZSN and DAA Nutrition Research Award recognises excellence in nutrition related research within the renal workforce. 

The Award is open to all Members of ANZSN and/or the DAA irrespective of their career stage.

Applicants for the Award may be allied health professional, nursing, medical and research students, and professionals who are a financial member of the ANZSN and/or the DAA at the date of abstract closing.

 

Interventional Nephrology Research Award

The Interventional Nephrology Science Award recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of Interventional Nephrology Science.     

Applicants for the Award must be financial members of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing.

 

Rural Science Award

The Rural Science Award recognises an outstanding contribution to research that is directly relevant to populations in rural and remote areas.

Applicants for the Award must be financial members of the ANZSN at the date of abstract closing.

Selected poster or oral must be presented at the ASM.

The research must be work that is directly relevant to populations in rural and remote* areas as defined for the purposes of the Award by the criteria below.

*The definition of rurality is based on but not restricted to both the RRMA (Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas Classification; RRMA population size) and ARIA (Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia; distance from services) classifications, as well as self-selection as per the tick box on the abstract submission process (note that self-selected rural abstracts will be reviewed to ensure they meet the above criteria).  Although RRMA and ARIA definitions apply to Australia the same definitions will be used for Aotearoa New Zealand.  Rural is defined as ‘Areas excluding capital cities and close surrounds and major cities with a population of > 100,000 unless isolated by distance of > 5 hours by road from a capital city.

If the applicant is unclear whether their scientific work is directly relevant to rural and remote populations, contact should be made with ANZSN at anzsn@nephrology.edu.au.

 

ANZSN and ANZPNA Tonya Kara Paediatric Research Award

The ANZSN and ANZPNA Tonya Kara Paediatric Research Award is made in honour of the late Dr Tonya Kara for her outstanding contribution to research in the field of Paediatric Nephrology.

The Award is open to all Members of both ANZSN and ANZPNA irrespective of their career stage, with a focus on the research field of Paediatric Nephrology.

To be considered for this Award the applicant must be a financial member of both the ANZSN and ANZPNA at the time of abstract submission.