Australian of the Year is injury research pioneer Alan Mackay-Sim

Source: BBC

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.

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