• Location: Room 11B50, University of Canberra

Sports Medicine Australia and the ACT State Council are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2022 SMA ACT Research Awards on Wednesday 8 February 2023 at the University of Canberra.

The SMA ACT Research Awards is an annual local event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of researchers in the fields of sports medicine, science, and physical activity within the ACT. It brings together representatives from various organisations and institutions that are involved in sports medicine, science, and physical activity research in the region.

The ceremony will feature presentations from researchers who have been nominated for the Open Award and the HDR Investigator Award.

Our guest speaker for the evening is Dr Charles Hillman, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University’s College of Science in the United States. Dr Hillman is known for his work on the effects of physical activity on cognitive function in children and adults, and his research has shown that regular physical activity can have positive effects on brain health and cognitive function. His work has been featured in the media including CNN, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.

This event is free to attend, however, registration is essential!

1800 – 1825 Nibbles and Drinks
1825 – 1830 Welcome by A/Prof Julie Cooke
MC – Dr Nash Anderson, ACT SMA Council Chair
1830 – 1900 Guest Speaker – Professor Charles Hillman
1930 – 1950 Award 1 (15 minutes + 5 mins questions)
1950- 2010 Award 2 (15 minutes + 5 mins questions)
2010 – 2030 Conclusion and Refreshments


Dr Hillman received his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 2000, and then began his career on the faculty at the University of Illinois, where he was a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health for 16 years. He continued his career at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where he currently holds appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences. He co-directs the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health, which has the mission of understanding the role of lifestyle choices and behaviours on brain and cognition to maximise health and well-being and promote the effective functioning of individuals across the lifespan.

Dr. Hillman has published ~300 refereed journal articles, 15 book chapters, and co-edited a text entitled Functional Neuroimaging in Exercise and Sport Sciences. He has served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies committee entitled Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School and was a member of the 2018 Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for American’s Scientific Advisory Committee. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and several private sponsors. His work has been featured in the media including CNN, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.