Professor Sue Berners-Price

Professor Berners-Price is an international research leader in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. As a Principal Research Leader in the Institute for Glycomics she has spearheaded the development of a new area of endeavour - metalloglycomics – the interaction of defined coordination compounds with oligosaccharides. A major advance has been the new perspective she has provided to gold-based therapeutics, showing that they can be rationally designed as versatile drugs for a range of human diseases caused by dysfunction of selenol and thiol containing proteins. Her application of NMR-based methods to study the biomolecular interactions of platinum anticancer agents has provided unique mechanistic insight that has influenced the design of the next generation of clinical agents.

The quality and impact of her published work (126 refereed journal articles and book chapters) is exceptional, demonstrated by her h-index of 52. Professor Berners-Price has played a major leadership role in nurturing the development of bioinorganic chemistry and medicinal inorganic chemistry internationally. She is the current President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and the recipient of the 2018 Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) Outstanding Achievement Award. She is also an internationally recognized leader in graduate research education and was the immediate past Convenor of the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

Professor Susan Dennison

Professor Dennison is a former ARC Future Fellow and an established national and international leader in the field of parental incarceration research. Through successive ARC grants she has investigated how childhood adversity, particularly maltreatment and parental incarceration, affects young people’s outcomes. She is working to transform policies and systems to reduce the intergenerational transmission of offending and disadvantage. Her research findings are driving substantial changes in correctional design, policy and practice with respect to prisoner-family relationships, contact and community re-entry.

As testament to her contributions to the field, Professor Dennison became the first invited Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and in 2015 she was invited to join an international consortium on parental incarceration, with some of the world’s most highly cited and respected researchers in the field. Professor Dennison is the Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as Deputy Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute. Professor Dennison leads in the research mentoring and development of ECRs as well as the strategic direction of criminology at Griffith and engagement with key stakeholders in the community.