The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering seek to recognise excellence in science and engineering, and reward leading researchers for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social or technological benefits for New South Wales.

Senior Research fellow in UNSW Psychology Dr Muireann Irish, based at Neuroscience Research Australia, was joint winner of NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year. She shared the award with Dr Elizabeth New from the University of Sydney.

Irish is internationally recognised for her innovative research on memory dysfunction in dementia. Her work has transformed how we understand and manage cognitive dysfunction in dementia. Motivated by her grandmother’s suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, Irish has mapped the neurobiological changes which underlie the devastating loss of memory.

There are nine award categories in the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering whereby winners of each category receive a trophy and $5,000.

For more information on the Premier's Award and to view other UNSW winners, view the article by the UNSW Newsroom: UNSW Reseachers Win Premier's Awards.