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Alexander Leaf Award: Maria Makrides

Standing on the shoulders of giants: great women role models of my career  

Maria Makrides (1,2)

1 South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia
2 School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

It’s hard to predict which will be the defining moments and situations of one’s career.  It is only with hindsight that one can look back and evaluate the true impact of a chance meeting with a new colleague at a conference, or that annoying paper reviewer that got you thinking in a different way.

In this presentation, I will reflect on the research studies and situations that offered the greatest learnings and opportunities for career development; they were not always the easy options.  I will share the stories and celebrate the great women role models that showed me the way.

Maria Makrides is the Theme Leader for Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children and Deputy Director at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Adelaide, Australia.  As a research dietitian, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality research.  She has over 230 peer reviewed publications including in the prestigious journals the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal.  Maria’s group has conducted some of the key intervention trials involving omega-3 supplements in perinatal nutrition, and has been recognised with the award of two successive Centres of Research Excellence by the Australian National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres: “Foods for Future Australians” (2012-2016) and “Targeted Nutrition to Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes” (2017-2022).

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