City of Perth

cop-aspire-logoThe City of Perth Aspire Award is a $10,000 grant awarded annually to an individual representing a non-profit/corporate organisation in the following areas:

  • Tourism, Resources & Energy
  • Education
  • Technology & Innovation or
  • Medical Life Sciences.

The awards are used to assist in their personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant international conference in their chosen field of endeavour.
The successful applicant will be asked to represent the City of Perth in relevant marketing engagements relevant to their field. Award recipients have up to 3 years to use the funds.

2020 City of Perth Aspire Award Winners, Mr Craig McIntosh and Mrs Kristin Ham

Two Western Australian molecular geneticists will present their world-leading research at two international conferences, after securing a travel award from Business Events Perth.

Business Events Perth, in partnership with the City of Perth, is pleased to announce that the 2020 City of Perth Aspire Award has been presented to Research Associate Mr Craig McIntosh and Research Officer Mrs Kristin Ham.

Now in its 21st year, Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards Program has sponsored hundreds of local academics and researchers to attend a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australia on the international stage.

Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said the organisation was honoured to support the ongoing professional development of such outstanding individuals.

“Business events like conferences are a forum to collaborate, exchange knowledge and showcase the expertise of Western Australians,” Mr Martin said.

“We’re honoured to be able to support both Mr McIntosh and Mrs Ham in attending these prestigious conferences so they can meet with other experts in the field of neuroscience, who are solving some of the world’s most complex problems.”

Both Mr McIntosh and Mrs Ham conduct their research in the field of neuroscience, with a focus on antisense oligonucleotide therapeutics, an emerging therapeutic option to treat genetic disorders, with Mr McIntosh specialising in diseases such as Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), while Mrs Ham focusses on diseases such as muscular dystrophy and epidermolysis bullosa.

Mr McIntosh and Mrs Ham work at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics (CMMIT), a joint research centre between Murdoch University and the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, where they use cutting edge gene therapy techniques.

“I am extremely passionate about dissemination of science, and the City of Perth Aspire Award will give me the platform to showcase the amazing research conducted in our laboratory as well as Western Australia as a whole,” said Mr McIntosh.

Mrs Ham said epidermolysis bullosa is a debilitating, rare disease with no available treatment and she had hoped to develop a therapy for this disease using a similar therapeutic strategy pioneered in her lab for the treatment of muscular dystrophy.

“By attending this conference, I wish to extend my network of collaborations and showcase the exciting research coming out of Western Australia, hopefully enticing future conferences to the state,” she said.

City of Perth Chair Commissioner, Andrew Hammond said the City of Perth was privileged to support the professional development of our State’s exceptional talent and showcase pioneering research from Western Australia to the global community.

“Through the flagship Aspire Award the City supports the world-changing work of leading local academics and researchers. The City wishes Mr McIntosh and Mrs Ham every success in furthering their innovative research in the field of neuroscience through collaboration with the best in the field.”

Mr McIntosh intends to use his award to attend the International Conference on Neurodegenerative Disease Research, while Mrs Ham will attend the Global Congress on Epidermolysis Bullosa.