Early Career Researcher Oral Award

Early Career Investigator Poster Award

Student Oral Presentation Award

Student Poster Presentation Award

AAS Commended Paper


Adele Richart, Baker IDI

Blake Cochran, University of New South Wales

Dragana Dragoljevic, Baker IDI

Valentina Ho, Menzies Institute, University of Tasmania

Blake Cochran, University of New South Wales


Nisha Schwarz, University of Adelaide



Ya-Lan Ying, Baker IDI

Paul Thein, Monash University – Melbourne




Adele Richart, Baker Institute


Nisha Schwarz, SA Health & Medical Research


Amy Searle, Baker Institute


Dhanya Ravindran, Heart Research Institute



There were no ASMs in either 2020 nor 2021 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

In 2021, the AAS Rising Star Awards were held as a series of virtual seminars. All presentations are available via the Members Portal. The three winners were:

  • Lachlan Sim, Baker Institute, 2021 Transnetyx Honours Rising Star Award
    • Soluble Guanylate Cyclase Stimulators And Activators As A Novel Treatment For Diabetic Associated Atherosclerosis
    • sGC activator BAY-60 can reverse atherosclerosis in a murine model of diabetes. BAY-60 demonstrated a significant decrease in oxidative stress and macrophage infiltration in the aortae of diabetic APOE KO mice.
  • Emma Solly, SAHMRI, 2021 ACvA PhD Rising Star Award
    • “Inhibition Of Microrna-181C Rescues Diabetes-Impaired Angiogenesis Through Activation Of Key Angiogenesis Mediators”
    • People living with diabetes have higher rates of chronic non-healing wounds and lower limb amputations, due to an impaired ability to promote angiogenesis. We have identified an anti-angiogenic role for miRNA-181c and show that its inhibition can rescue diabetes-impaired angiogenesis, showcasing a novel treatment approach for diabetic vascular complications.
  • Sam Lee, Baker Institute, 2021 CSL ECR Rising Star Award 
    • “A High Salt Diet Drives Atherogenesis By Modulating Immune Cells”