Professor Bob Cowan receives prestigious award at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program

04 Jun 2015

By Siobhan McAlary

CEO of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Professor Bob Cowan, was last week awarded the prestigious Excellence in Innovation Award at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program.

Professor Cowan, who is also a member of The Shepherd Centre’s Research Advisory Committee, was awarded the prize by the Minister for Industry and Science the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP during the 2015 Cooperative Research Centres Association Conference Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognises when CRC research results, knowledge and technologies have been made effortlessly accessible to companies, government agencies and the general community.

Professor Cowan, who is also a member of The Shepherd Centre’s Research Advisory Committee, is keenly aware of the future growth of hearing loss in Australia as the population ages. Currently one in six Australians have hearing loss and that figure is projected to rise to one in four by 2050.

He set up two website initiatives – HEARnet Online and HEARnet Learning – to maintain awareness of hearing loss by connecting the general public, health professionals and researchers to the latest research, treatment and technology surrounding hearing loss. Both websites have become valuable resources for hearing health professionals.

Professor Cowan was awarded the prize by the Minister for Industry and Science Hon Ian Macfarlane MP during the 2015 Cooperative Research Centres Association Conference Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra.

With hearing loss expected to rise in Australia due to our ageing population and the explosion of available information on the world-wide web, it’s critical that individuals can access to a highly-credible, independent website about the disability. An information source that explains to the public, in ways that are easily understood, how hearing loss occurs, what measures can be taken to prevent it and the variety of solutions current available to manage hearing loss,” Professor Cowan said.

Congratulations!