A biomedical scientist who helped restore mobility in a quadriplegic person for the first time has been named 2017’s Australian of the Year.
Prof Alan Mackay-Sim, from Queensland, has spent decades researching spinal cord injuries.
A leader in stem cell research, Prof Mackay-Sim’s work has been credited with prompting groundbreaking advances.
Australia’s most prestigious civic honour is awarded each year to a person considered a national role model.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented Prof Mackay-Sim with the award at a ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday.