Subiaco researcher in line for Australian Museum Eureka prize for research into autism

Subiaco researcher Andrew Whitehouse is a finalist for an Australian Museum Eureka prize for his research into autism.
Subiaco researcher Andrew Whitehouse is a finalist for an Australian Museum Eureka prize for his research into autism.

A SUBIACO-based autism researcher says a potential Australian Museum Eureka Prize win later this month would not just be celebrated by himself, but shared with his colleagues at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Presented annually, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research, innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

Professor Andrew Whitehouse is a finalist in the Emerging Leader in Science category.

He was nominated for his significant research, scientific and policy leadership, science communication and service development.

“I think the nomination reflects the importance of the work we do,” Professor Whitehouse said.

“I think the award comes with an element of prestige. I would be humbled to share that with the wonderful team at the Telethon Kids Institute.”

Professor Whitehouse’s research has focussed on finding the causes of autism, developing methods for the identification of autism within the first year of life, and trialling new therapies for babies.

At the Telethon Kids Institute, he leads a team of researchers developing methods of early detection and intervention of autism spectrum disorder.

Telethon Kids Institute director, professor Jonathan Carapetis, said professor Whitehouse was a visionary researcher and outstanding scientific leader.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on August 30.