Elizabeth Scarr recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence

October 14 / 146

Associate Professor Elizabeth Scarr
Associate Professor Elizabeth Scarr

Associate Professor Elizabeth Scarr has been named one of the winners in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. 

Associate Professor Scarr has been recognised in the Innovation category for her contribution to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia.

She is an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and a project leader at the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health.

Dr Scarr said improving the quality of life for people with schizophrenia was an essential task for Australian society and science.

“Schizophrenia affects around 285,000 Australians, and about 30 per cent of those people do not respond to currently available treatments. My research seeks to improve our understanding of the condition and develop new treatments which enable more people with schizophrenia to live independent lives.”

Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia, who have been recognised on their ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges including Professor Michael Rose from the Melbourne Business School.

Alumna Dr Bronwyn King from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre was also recognised for her work encouraging Australia’s superannuation industry to divest stocks in tobacco companies.

Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said the breadth and calibre of the 100 Women of Influence for 2014 was remarkable.

“It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards,” she said.

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