Julie Wallace Award
The Julie Wallace Award, in memory of Professor Julie Wallace and her sustained commitment to supporting and promoting early career researchers, is an award that recognises early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition.
Due to the postponement of the Irish Section Conference 2020, the Julie Wallace Award will not be awarded in 2020. The award will be awarded again in 2021.
The successful applicant of the 2021 Award will be expected to deliver a seminal lecture at the Irish Section Conference 2021 and provide a paper based on their lecture for publication in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.
- Applicants must be members of the Nutrition Society and within six years of higher degree graduation at application. The award is open to all Nutrition Society members who meet this criterion. Provided this criterion is met there is no limit to the number of times an application can be made. Each subsequent application must be a new submission made in full.
- Candidates may request that any career breaks such as maternity leave or long-term illness be taken into account when determining whether the candidate is still within the eligibility period.
- Applications will be judged by a panel of distinguished nutritionists from a variety of institutions and areas of expertise. Judging will focus on the following criteria:
1. Quality of academic publications
2. Evidence of a record of research funding
3. External recognition: contributions to conferences and professional Societies
4. External recognition: evidence of external collaborations
Applicants for the award should submit:
- A full CV including evidence of publications and any scholarships or awards received
- A statement of achievements within each category of the above judging criteria (up to 1000 words in total)
- An abstract summary of the proposed lecture
- The names, addresses and emails of two Proposers who are familiar with the applicant’s work and who will support the application
Applications for 2020 are now open. Apply online. Deadline for application: Friday 3 April 2020 at 5pm (BST)
- 2014, Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi, Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), University of Ulster, 'Vitamin D and Obesity: an update'
- 2015, Dr Aoife Ryan, University College Cork, 'Cancer-associated malnutrition, cachexia and sarcopenia: the skeleton in the hospital closet 40 years later'.
- 2016, Dr Matthew Kurien, University of Sheffield, 'The unresolved epidemic of malnutrition and the consequences to society'.
- 2017, Dr Mario Siervo, Newcastle University. ' Dietary nitrate and cardio-metabolic health in humans: is ageing an effect modifier?
- 2018, Dr Javier Gonzelez, University of Bath, 'Nutrition and hepatic glucose metabolism'.
- 2019, Dr Andrea Darling, University of Surrey, 'Vitamin D deficiency in western dwelling South Asian populations: an unrecognised epidemic'
Professor Julie Wallace, Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), University of Ulster, passed away on 7 February 2012 following a short illness, aged 40 years. She is survived by her husband Gordon, daughter Molly, her mother Myrtle and brother Robert. The Nutrition Society Irish Section has supported the Julie Wallace Lecture, in memory of Professor Julie Wallace and her sustained commitment to supporting and promoting early career researchers. The lecture will recognise early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition. Julie obtained a first class honours degree in Biological Sciences in 1992, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1995, both from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, where she then took up a number of post-doctoral positions before promotion to the tenured position of Senior Research Fellow in nutrition. She led an active programme of research at NICHE, collaborating widely both nationally and internationally, and during her short career she attracted >£7M in external research funding, and published over 70 papers in high quality peer reviewed journals, particularly within the area of vitamin D. Julie’s academic activities were closely aligned to her strong pastoral inclinations. She will be especially remembered for her excellent mentorship of students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, and early career researchers whom she supported and encouraged to obtain maximum benefit from their academic work. Throughout her career Julie was an active and enthusiastic member of the Nutrition Society, to which she made a valuable contribution in her capacity as Honorary Treasurer of the Irish Section (2005-2008), and Member of Council of the Nutrition Society (2011-2012).
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