FSSA conducts research and development and staff publish in scientific and medical journals.
This award recognises 'graduates who have distinguished themselves either through a significant contribution to the University or the their wider community with the state, nation or internationally in their chosen field'.
Duncan was awarded due to his 'significant contribution to the field of forensic evidence and, in particular, to the development of DNA interpretation software which has had a considerable impact on the discipline of evidence interpretation and consequently on the provision of justice'.
Best paper in a refereed journal
Winners - Jo-Anne Bright, Rebecca Richards, Maarten Kruijver, Hannah Kelly, Catherine McGovern et al (Duncan Taylor), Internal validation of STRmixTM – A multi laboratory response to PCAST.
Fiona Bright, Robert Vink, Roger Byard, Jhodie Duncan, Henry Krous and David Paterson , Abnormalities in substance P neurokinin-1 receptor binding in key brainstem nuclei in sudden infant death syndrome related to prematurity and sex.
Duncan Taylor, Alex Biedermann, Tacha Hicks and Christophe Champod, A template for constructing Bayesian networks in forensic biology cases when considering activity level propositions.
Best chapter in a book
Winners - Fiona Bright, Robert Vink and Roger Byard, Brainstem neuropathology in sudden infant death syndrome.
Best case study
Winners - Amanda Freeman and Stephen Wills, Fatal methemoglobinemia complicating alkaptonuria (ochronosis): a rare presentation.
Highly commended - Duncan Taylor, Oliva Handt, Damien Abarno and John Buckleton, Likelihood ratio formulae for disputed parentage when the product of conception is trisomic.
This is awarded every two years to 'an exceptional individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in the advancement of the forensic sciences in Australia and/or New Zealand.'
Distinguished Fellow Award
Winner - Professor Roger Byard, AO, PSM, Conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions to pathology and to the medical and wider community through practice, leadership, involvement and advocacy across a broad range of areas.
Meritorious Service Award
Winner - Dr Neil Langlois
Best paper in a Refereed Journal
Winner - Duncan Taylor and David Powers, Teaching artificial intelligence to electropherograms.
Best technical article or note
Winner - Duncan Taylor, Damien Abarno, Emily Rowe and Lauren Rask-Nielsen, Observations of DNA transfer within an operational Forensic Biology Laboratory.
Highly commended - Kelly Olds, Roger Byard, Calle Winskog & Neil Langlois, Microbial impacts in postmortem toxicology.
Best chapter in a book
Winner - Roger Byard, Ian Musgrave, Garth Maker & Michael Bunce, What risks do herbal products pose to the Australian community?
Best case study
Winner - Jackie Wright, Michaela Kenneally, John Edwards & Stewart Walker, Adverse health effects associated with living in a former methamphetamine drug laboratory – Victoria, Australia 2015.
Winner - Dr Duncan Taylor - Watch Dr Duncan Taylor talking about his work (video).
Ross made an indelible impression on FSSA during his time as director. He will always be missed and remembered by staff. Our state of the art conference facilities and our annual awards ceremony have been named in his memory.
Winner - Jennifer Zuffi, Bronwen Keelan, Santina Poritz, Cheryl Ceasar, Emily Bellinger and Melissa Summers for their role in the successful transition at FSSA to receiving evidence through the SAPOL Evidence Desk.
Customer Service/Public Relations Award
Winner - Michaela Kenneally for her work on hair samples taken from two sexual assault victims and preparing for court, commenting on a defence statement and presenting evidence in the trial.
Professor Hilton Kobus Research Award
Winner - Matthew Cox, Ben Painter, Clark Nash and Paul Pigou for research into methods of manufacture of illicit drugs, and publishing of 10 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals in the last year.
Justice Ted Mullighan Outstanding Case Award
Winner - Liz Ockleshaw for her tireless work and presentation of evidence in the large and multi-faceted SA Health bogus death threats case involving Tabitha Lean and Simon Peisley.
Winner - Penny Kostakis for validating and implementing the Perkin Elmer Janus Liquid Handling Platform (LHP) for the fully automated analysis of Drugs in Oral Fluid. This is the first LHP introduced into a forensic toxicology laboratory in Australia.
Winner - Emma Partridge, Stephen Trobbiani and Peter Stockham for the development of strategic capabilities for the detection and the exchange of contemporary information relating to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
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