Dr Powell said the last decade had seen a dramatic increase in our understanding of the role of genetic variation in common diseases, with studies cataloging thousands of common genetic variants that affect human health.
“Despite this, most mechanisms by which this genetic variation predisposes individuals to disease are still poorly understood, which impedes researchers’ ability to develop effective therapeutic interventions,” he said.
“My team uses sophisticated statistical methodology and high performance computing resources to unlock some of these mysteries.
“I’m really grateful to the NHMRC for this prize, which will go a long way to helping us with this important research.”
Initiated in 2000 and based on independent expert review, the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research is awarded to the top-ranked NHMRC Career Development Fellowship recipient. Career Development Fellowships are highly competitive, four-year fellowships that support the most outstanding early- to mid-career health and medical researchers.