Medicine - Early Career Academic Network

Medicine-ECAN exists to support and empower early career academics within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales
Best Research Paper Competition 2019

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural ECAN Medicine Best Research Paper Competition.

Many congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered. The quality of submissions was extremely high and we look forward to running the competition again in 2020!

Andrea Schaffer   Ki Wook Kim

Dr Andrea Schaffer
Research Fellow,
Centre for Big Data Research in Health

Clinical, Health Services or Public Health Category


Dr Ki Wook Kim
Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Centre for Child Health Research and Innovation

Basic Sciences category

Schaffer AL, Buckley NA, Cairns R, Pearson S. Comparison of prescribing patterns before and after implementation of a national policy to reduce inappropriate Alprazolam prescribing in Australia. JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(9):e1911590.  

Dr Andrea Schaffer is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, having completed her PhD at UNSW in September 2017. She is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with 11 years’ experience conducting population health research using Australian administrative health data on a variety of topics. Since 2011, she has specialised in pharmacoepidemiology and her current research involves evaluating the intended and unintended consequences of pharmaceutical policies and regulations on medicine utilisation, prescribing practices, and health outcomes. She has a particular interest in opioids, psychotropic medicines, and medicines to treat cardiovascular disease.


Kim KW, Horton JL, Pang ICN, Jain K, Leung C, Isaacs SR, Bull RA, Luciani F, Wilkins MR, Catteau J, Lipkin WI, Rawlinson WD, Briese T and Craig ME. Higher abundance of enterovirus A species in the gut of children with islet autoimmunity. Scientific Reports, 2019;9(1):1749

Dr Ki Wook Kim is an ECR in his fifth year post-PhD. His research focuses on the viral aetiology of type 1 diabetes. He specialises in adopting and applying cutting-edge technologies that are used outside of type 1 diabetes research to generate novel data that will further advance our understanding of how viruses initiate and accelerate the development of islet autoimmunity. Over the past four years, Dr Kim has authored 8 publications (4 first and 3 second author) and acquired over $215,000 AUD in competitive funding. He has received three Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) ECR Travel Grants, including one that funded his scientific training at Columbia University, New York in 2016. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Lindsey Baudinet Rising Star in type 1 diabetes research award by the Australian Diabetes Society.

Join the Medicine ECAN Committee

We’re looking for new members! If you want to help shape opportunities for early career researchers in medicine then follow the link below to tell us a bit about you and why you’d like to join the committee. 

Apply to join the committee

Applications close 5pm January 13 2020. We’ll be holding informal drinks on campus on January  10 so if you’d like to meet us first drop us an email and we’ll send you the details.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for an updated event calendar for 2020!

Medicine ECAN : Team

Medicine-ECAN committee has ECAs from different departments within the Faculty of Medicine. So, engaging with us is easy. Email us at or contact us individually.

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Emily McGovern, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Microbiome Research Centre, St George & Sutherland Clinical School, UNSW Sydney

Yann Quidé, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney

Affiliated Scientist, Neuroscience Research Australia


Varun Sreenivasan, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Single Molecule Science, UNSW Sydney


Patricia Cullen

Research Fellow, Public Health and Community Medicine


Dr. Syed Haris Omar

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Rural Clinical School, UNSW Wagga Wagga


Fatima El-Assaad

Kit Huckvale

Research Fellow in Health Informatics, Black Dog Institute, UNSW


Angelique Ripesamen

Past Events

The Faculty of Science and Medicine ECAN teamed up for the first time and brought to you a series of 3 grant application workshops!

Workshop 1: NHMRC Investigator Grant workshop

  • Date: 3rd October 2019
  • Speakers: Dr Michelle Bonello, Dr Ira Devenson, Dr Qian Du and Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith
  • Over 70 attendees in person and on Live Stream!

Workshop 2: Beyond the NHMRC and ARC

  • Date: 17th October 2019

Workshop 3: How to find my metrics?

  • Date: 30th October 2019
  • Speakers: Caroline Regan and outreach librarians

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