Congratulations to Professor Louise Baur for being awarded the University of Sydney's Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction for contributions to the University in leadership, teaching and research.
Our 2020 Payne-Scott Professors
Professor and Head of Child and Adolescent Health and Head of Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School
Professor Baur's achievements are extraordinary, with 308 peer-reviewed publications and continuous NHMRC/ARC funding since 2002. Her sustained research contribution to childhood obesity extends from prevention to treatment and implementation, as well as influencing policy.
A recognised thought leader, her career in obesity research and advocacy over the last 20 years has required persistence in the face of external challenges. She has championed the need for equity and the value of diversity in her interactions with staff and students, caring deeply for the plight of disadvantaged individuals.
Professor Baur is passionate about improving the health of children and contributes with wisdom and integrity to many initiatives in the public and not-for-profit sectors to achieve the best outcomes for child health.
A champion of University values, she has received many awards that recognise her contributions to healthcare, research and policy, including Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Louise has demonstrated sustained excellence across all dimensions of the award and is widely acknowledged for her exceptional contributions to the University and the community.
"Professor Baur's career has been defined by sustained and outstanding scientific research with associated clinical impact and by exemplary leadership at the University, at national and international levels. Her research field of human obesity, with a focus on children and young people, has been described as the health challenge of the current century. Professor Baur's research and advocacy tackle this extraordinary challenge with energy, determination and courage."
Professor Jennifer Byrne, Academic Lead, Sydney Medical School