SMMS researcher, Dr Gary Schenk was recently honoured with a UQ Research Excellence award. At the awards ceremony UQ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor David Siddle explained how "The University understands that excellence in research underpins both excellence in teaching and the ability to develop depth in its community partnerships."Funding for the winning researchers was provided by the UQ Foundation, UQ's research-only budget, and the Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Initiatives Fund. Dr Gary Schenk was awarded $85,000 to study a group of enzymes including one linked to osteoporosis, a damaging bone disease.

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