Associate Professor Dixon is the Senior Medical Scientist in the Intensive and Critical Care Unit, Flinders Medical Centre, Associate Professor in the Dept of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders University and Head of the Lung Injury Research Laboratory. She also holds full academic status as Assoc Prof at Northen Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead and Laurentian Universities, Canada. Assoc. Prof. Dixon obtained her PhD in Paediatrics, Flinders University in 2004 studying innate/mucosal immunology of breast milk in response to respiratory infections and allergy. Since 2004 she has continued to establish a trackrecord in innate immunology associated with acute and chronic lung injury including ALI/ARDS, infant bronchiolitis and chronic heart failure. Her success is evidenced by research funding, ~$1,430,000, as well as a publication record of >40 peer reviewed articles. Assoc. Prof. Dixon is regularly invited to review for premier international journals and to present her work at both national and international meetings.
1995 Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide,majoring in Immunology and Genetics
2004 Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University
2000 - Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) 2000-03
- PUFA in Maternal and Child Health, Kansas City Missouri,2000. Student Travel Award
- 10th InternationalConference of the International Society for Research on Human Milk andLactation, Tucson Arizona, 2000. Young Investigator Travel Award
2001 - The Australian Society for MedicalResearch: SA Division, 2001. Bio-Rad NewInvestigator Award for Excellence in Presentation, Best New Investigator: OralPresentation
2002 - Child HealthResearch Institute. Student Award,2002 Best Publication, 2002
2003 - FMRI/PRISM Student ResearchDay. Pall Gelman Life SciencesAward for the Best Presentation by a 3rd or 4th YearPostgraduate Student
- The International Lactation ConsultantAssociation Conference and Annual Meeting, 2003. 2003Research Poster Award, Most Outstanding Research Poster
2007 - SA Science Excellence Awards 2007. Finalist for Science Education andCommunication Excellence, The SA Committee for the Australian Society forMedical Research
2013 - Australian Society for Medical Research SA Leading Light Award – Semi-finalist
2015 - South Australian Medical Scientists Association Professional Development Award
Assoc. Prof. Dixon teaches undergraduate students through the 3rd year placement program of the B Med Sci, as well as honours, MD and PhD students. Student projects focus on various forms of lung injury, through acute to chronic, and resulting from all causes, including bacterial and viral infections, systemic inflammatory states, environmental and mechanical, or clinical intervention, injury. Her particular interest and expertise lies in the area of innate immunology and the contribution of leukocytes and inflammatory mediators to both damage and repair within the lung.
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2016
Finalist, Ross Wishart Award, SA ASMR - JUN 2013
Finalist Ross Wishart Award, SA ASMR - JUN 2011
Clinicians Researcher Award - MAR 2013
Finalist Channel 9 Young Achiever Award - MAR 2013
2006 – current – Peer Reviewer (>20 invitations /yr) including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Allergy, Circulation: Heart Failure, Intensive Care Medicine, Cytokine, Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Eur J Pharm, Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Cellular Immunology.
2006-current – Independent grant reviewer (>5 invitations /yr), including NHMRC Project Grants, Medical Research Council, UK, Action Medical Research for Children, UK, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, CARIPARO and CARIModena Foundations Italy, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Women’s & Children’s Research Foundation and Flinders Medical Centre Foundation.
2010- current – Participant “Scientists in Schools” program – CSIRO
2014 – Grant review panel member, Faculty of Health Sciences internal grants, Flinders University
2015 – current – Editorial board member Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine
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