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Tall Poppy tackles Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr Peter Enticott from the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre was awarded the 2012 Tall Poppy Award.
Research that is helping to better understand the neurological bases of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with the hope of developing a world-first treatment has been recognised with a 2012 Tall Poppy Award.
Dr Peter Enticott from the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre was awarded the prize at a ceremony this week. The awards, administered by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), aim to engage the public in celebrating scientific excellence and achievement in Australia.
Dr Enticott's work uses cutting-edge neuroscience techniques to understand what is happening in the brain to cause ASD. Actively seeking a viable treatment for the disorders, he is involved in world-first clinical trials that use non-invasive brain stimulation to improve activity in areas of the brain that are dedicated to social understanding.
The Tall Poppy prize carries an obligation to promote science through school visits, media, work experience programs and community seminars. Dr Enticott is more than comfortable with the role of science ambassador, having engaged with many community organisations and the media to communicate his work