It's been a terrific start to 2017, with prestigious awards, visiting academics, new projects and the success of our inaugural Sex Lecture.
The Sex Lecture, introduced by the Hon. Michael Kirby, was presented by Associate Professor Martin Holt as part of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Martin's lecture discussed the changing face of safe sex with the introduction of PrEP.
So far this year we've had the honour of visits from Dr Purnima Mane, former President of Pathfinder, Professor Tim Rhodes from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr Jo Neale from King's College, London.
We have two major new projects underway: an evaluation of the Ted Noffs Foundation Street University Program led by Dr Joanne Bryant and Dr Limin Mao; and an evaluation of ACON’s Substance Support Service led by Dr Toby Lea, Dr Loren Brenner and Associate Professor Martin Holt.
In other excellent news, we've had three prestigious positions awarded to researchers at the Centre: Scientia Professor Peter Aggleton has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, a position reserved for leaders in their fields in the disciplines of science, art, literature and philosophy; Dr Toby Lea has been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, an 18-month fellowship to work at the German Institute on Addiction and Prevention Research in Cologne; and Research Associate Elena Cama has been awarded a UNSW Scientia Scholarship to undertake her PhD studies in the Faculty of Law. Congratulations to Peter, Toby and Elena for these terrific achievements!
Director, Centre for Social Research in Health