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Australian Neuroscientist Awarded the 2019 Advance Global Award



Dr David Putrino wins prestigious award for outstanding achievements offshore in making faster patient recovery a reality

The Overall Winner of the 2019 Advance Awards has been announced as US-based Australian neuroscientist and physical therapist Dr David Putrino. The award makes Dr Putrino Advance's Global Australian of the Year. Dr Putrino has been recognised worldwide for his game-changing work at the Abilities Research Center, a laboratory devising innovative ways to use virtual reality and video games to improve patient health and rehabilitation, based in New York.  

Dr Putrino was awarded this great honour at the Advance Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Sydney last night, which recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Australians living and working offshore. He was also awarded the Healthcare category award for his exceptional commitment to research and development of innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of accessing better healthcare.

Dr Putrino’s work explores the use of virtual reality as a low-cost and scalable treatment for chronic neuropathic pain: a condition affecting millions of people worldwide with few effective treatments. His game-based interventions have been shown to accelerate the process of neuroplasticity and lead to faster rehabilitation for patients with significant injuries, including spinal injuries, or illness.

Dr Putrino worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai.

The Advance Awards Overall Winner is chosen from ten diverse category winners and three special award winners, representing an extraordinary group of talented Australian leaders and innovators who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields on the global stage, ranging from technology innovation, financial services and healthcare, to social impact, sustainability, and the arts.

Advance Chairman Yasmin Allen said, “We are delighted David has been selected as our Advance Global Award winner. He is an inspiring global entrepreneur and innovator who is using unique technology to make people recover and rehabilitate faster from illness or injury, as well as to enhance athletic performance.

At Advance, we know it is critical to recognise and celebrate the work of Australians like David and create an opportunity for them to remain connected with their ecosystem back home, for the benefit of all Australians.

All our game-changing Award winners have again inspired, humbled and captivated us.

Each year we build on this community to give Australians access to the very best thinking, opportunities and ideas, offshore and at home.

We congratulate all our winners, and in particular David and look forward to continuing to connect Australia to our diaspora, making them household names back home.”

More than 200 nominations were received from all around the world and winners of the Advance Awards were selected by a judging panel of renowned Australians who represent the country’s diverse entrepreneurial culture.

Chaired by Advance Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ken Allen AM, the judging panel includes Maggie Beer AM, Jillian Broadbent AO, Darren Burns, Doug Elix AO, Michelle Garnaut AO, Alexie Glass-Kantor, Sir Michael Hintze AM, Bob Isherwood, Andrew N. Liveris AO, and Carla Zampatti AC.

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Advance is the only organisation to identify, engage and empower members of the global Australian diaspora. We keep them connected, and help repatriate ideas and IP home for the benefit of all Australians. With a community spanning 110 countries, Advance fosters connections with more than one million Australians living and working offshore, and 2.5 million student alumni, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe.

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2019 Advance Award winners

The 2019 Advance Awards category winners are:

  • ●  Advanced Manufacturing Award Adam Gilmour, CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies

  • ●  Commercial Creatives Award Natalie Jeremijenko AO, Artist/Engineer/Professor

  • ●  Financial Services Award Daria Rippingale, Founder and CEO of Bankingblocks

  • ●  Food & Agriculture Award (joint winners) David Thompson, Chef and Restaurateur and Michelle Grant, Faculty and Education Director at World Food System Center, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

  • ●  Healthcare Award David Putrino, Director of the Abilities Research Center and Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

  • ●  Social Impact Award Richard Fuller OAM, Founder and President of Pure Earth 2

  • ●  Sustainability Award Hugh Whalan, CEO of PEG Africa

  • ●  Technology Innovation Award Kate Glazebrook, CEO and Co-founder of

    Applied

  • ●  The Arts Award Angelica Mesiti, Artist

    The winners of three special awards are:

  • ●  Global Alumni Award Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif, Commissioner for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)

  • ●  Asia Impact Award Dr Yijia Li, Director of Public Translational Platform for Cell Therapy at Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University

  • ●  Global Impact Award Professor John Mattick AO, SHARP Professor at UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow with Visiting University Professorship at Green Templeton College, Oxford

    About Dr David Putrino 2019 Advance Award Overall Winner

    David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of the Abilities Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai.

    He works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He consults with the Red Bull High Performance division to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is also the “Chief Mad Scientist” of Not Impossible Labs, a group that crowd-sources accessible technological solutions for high-impact humanitarian problems. David’s research has been featured on the ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, TEDx, Wired and the New York Times to name just a few. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world, which is available from Amazon and Springer-Nature.