Professor Glenda Halliday is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists has been recognised for her foundational work on neurodegenerative diseases.
Professor Halliday’s research looks at how the human brain is affected structurally and biochemically by neurodegenerative diseases. Her current focus is on the underlying causes of the non-Alzheimer’s neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Parkinson’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.
By combining the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, and neuroimaging, Professor Halliday’s research has changed international diagnostic criteria and recommendations for adequate identification and management of patients.
Professor Halliday said: “I am very honoured to receive this award and pay tribute to all the researchers who have worked with me to improve the diagnosis and management of those with neurodegenerative diseases. This award would not be possible without them.”
Professor Halliday has also used detailed research methods that revealed more extensive neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s and related syndromes than previously thought.
The novel technique for neuropathology involves 3D reconstruction that makes it possible to accurately determine volumes of brain nuclei and numbers of neurons and the glial cells that support and surround them – important indicators of brain health and disease progression.
She also founded the Sydney Brain Bank, a biobanking facility that collects and manages brain and spinal cord tissue for research into disorders of the brain and mind.
The NSW Premier’s Prizes for Scientist of the Year is awarded annually to an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of science which has benefitted the people of NSW.