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Prof

Melissa Wake

Honorary
Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital
obesity; sleep; language and literacy; hearing; diseases of ageing; randomised trials; cohorts studies; health services research
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
humans
female
male
child
pediatrics
child, preschool
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Prof

Melissa Wake

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Population paediatrics
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Prof

Melissa Wake

 

Professor Melissa Wake (MBChB, FRACP, FAHMS, MD) is a paediatrician, community child health researcher, and Scientific Director of the Generation Victoria (GenV) initiative. Her “population paediatrics” agenda spans common childhood conditions and antecedents of diseases of ageing.

Her goals are to speed up children’s research and to test interventions that change children’s care. Having led numerous community-based randomised trials, her major focus for this triennium is building the Generation Victoria (GenV) and Child Health CheckPoint platforms for generations of researchers. Awards include the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for Excellence in Health & Medical Research and consecutive NHMRC Excellence Awards (2009-12, 2013-16) as top-ranked Research Fellow in Australia. Melissa’s projects have twice appeared in the NHMRC's annual 'Ten of the Best' publication (2008, 2017).Successes in research translation include securing the Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program, which now screens 80,000 babies annually and is springboarding a continuing program of population-based hearing research. Other Affiliations:• Scientific Director, Generation Victoria (GenV)• Leader, Prevention Innovation Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.• Senior Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.• Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne.• Honorary Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 463 most recent scholarly works by Melissa Wake.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2017

‘Ten of the Best’ 2017 One of ten outstanding completed awards across all categories each year, from around 1000 funded by the NHMRC.

National Health and Medical Research Council

2013

Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement ($100,000 prize)

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

2013

Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow: Highest-ranked Public Health Research Fellowship to a female applicant (#1046518)

National Health and Medical Research Council

2012

Excellence Award: Highest-ranked Research Fellowship

National Health and Medical Research Council

2010

(Harriet Hiscock and Melissa Wake)

Victorian Government Early Years Award for the Infant Sleep Study

2009

Population Health Career Development Award Level 2

National Health and Medical Research Council

2009

The Australian Health Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

2008

NHMRC Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to the success of research in this country’

2008

This publication celebrates ten outstanding Project Grants each year, from around 700 funded by the Australian NH&MRC.

10 of the Best; 2008

2006

Inaugural MCRI `Rising Star? Award

2006

Rue Wright Memorial Award (best paper in Community Paediatrics)

2005

Finalist, Editor’s Award for Outstanding Research in Audiology and the Hearing Sciences,for Outcomes of mild-profound congenital hearing impairment

American Auditory Society

2004

2004 - 2008

NHMRC Population Health Career Development Award

1999

Rue Wright Memorial Award (best paper in Community Paediatrics)

1997

Rue Wright Memorial Award (best paper in Community Paediatrics)

1993

George Austin Memorial Scholar, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

1991

"Aetiology of Congenital Hypothyroidism Determines Early Thyroxine Response"

Young Presenter of the Year, NZ Paediatric Society Meeting, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital

Foundation Elected Fellow

Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences (FAHMS)

Registered

The DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease)

Nominated And Seconded Member

US Society for Pediatric Research

Fellow

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)

Education


Doctor of Medicine

University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

University of Melbourne

Diploma of Child Health

The University of Glasgow

Diploma of Obstetrics

University of Auckland

MB ChB with Distinction in Paediatrics

University of Otago