The Long Walk: Alan Mackay-Sim - Australian of the Year 2017
Australian of the Year (2017), Professor Alan Mackay-Sim talks to Blenheim Partner’s Gregory Robinson about a shocking personal injury that led him to his ground-breaking work in stem cell research.As the Director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research for a decade, Alan’s research has championed the use of stem cells and led to major advances in understanding the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases such as Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.In 2014 a Polish medical team put into practice Alan’s research on a man who had become paralysed from the chest down after repeated stab wounds to the back. They achieved the world’s first successful restoration of mobility with the man now walking. This was a giant step in science and has given hope to millions with spinal cord injuries.Throughout his career Alan has been prepared to take risks and to challenge historical wisdom. It’s an inspirational story from a modern-day pioneer that covers innovation, risk versus reward, leadership and how to keep people motivated – a powerful lesson in courage, determination and resilience for all business leaders.
In conversation with Alan Mackay-Sim, Australian of the Year 2017
National Museum of Australia – Audio on demand program
Date recorded: 26 October 2017. Global authority on the biology of nasal cells Professor Alan Mackay-Sim reflects on his time as Australian of the Year. He received the top national award for his research into the use of nasals cells in the treatment of spinal cord injury.