Guy Cameron

PhD, Bbiomedsci(hons), Bmedsci

Guy Cameron


About me

I'm a proud Wailwan (Aboriginal) man living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. In my free time I love being active, going to the gym and going on nature walks. I consider myself a fitness enthusiast and I really enjoy playing video games in my free time! I'm also a proud catdad to two kittens, Coco and Rufus born in March 2023.

My university journey started later in life, which led me to a Doctorate of Philosophy (Immunology & Microbiology) awarded on the 4th of August 2021. I'm currently a fourth year medicine student and am enrolled in the Joint Medical Program at the University of Newcastle which includes a Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine. I'm also a part-time researcher/academic with several affiliations and many exciting projects! 

Additionally, I'm actively engaged as a moderator for the Science Community on Twitter/X. My focus is on dispelling misinformation and fostering a better understanding of scientific concepts among the public.

Professional memberships

  • Co-chair: Indigenous student engagement committee, University of Newcastle’s School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
  • Indigenous researcher: Aboriginal health research community panel, Hunter region
  • Category B & executive committee member: Animal Care and Ethics Committee, University of Newcastle
  • Student member: Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
  • Research affiliate: Immune Health and Brain Neuromodulation research programs, Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Indigenous member: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Lowitja Institute
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I pledge to be a #MentorFirst and will demonstrate my commitment to this pledge by putting into practice each of the action items in the #MentorFirst Commitments.

Academic affiliations

I work as a post-doctoral researcher with the Aboriginal ear and immune health team. In this role I'm helping to expand our knowledge on ear disease, which disproportionally affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. I also hold two fellowships, one is co-funded by the national imaging facility and systems neuroscience group to foster Indigenous collaboration and ownership in the field of imaging research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. The other fellowship is through NSW Health to investigate respiratory and ear bacteria which are known to cause life-threatening invasive disease. I'm an Indigenous tutor and mentor with the Wollotuka Institute, striving to assist mob with getting equal opportunity. Additionally, I was recently employed by the Hunter New England Local Health District as a technical assistant, helping out when there was an unmet need for extra support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.newcastle.edu.au
The University of Newcastle
Current staff - Guy Cameron

"I aim to be able to utilise both basic and clinical expertise in the future to assemble a multi-disciplinary team to tackle major health challenges, specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although early in my career, I have a strong commitment to improving healthcare using a biomedical, clinical and community driven approach".
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Aboriginal Ear Health
Hunter ENT

"Collaboration has allowed us to brainstorm difficult cases and work together achieving better results. We have been able to innovate better, keeping pace with and contributing to changes in techniques and technology. Through this collaboration Hunter ENT has driven better communication and a culture of the pursuit of excellence with a resulting benefit in management of diseases".
Hunter Medical Research Institute
Researcher profile - Guy Cameron

"I long for a day when every child gets to grow up happy and healthy, where they can achieve anything they want in life. My research makes small additions to our knowledge on disease with the hopes that other researchers and clinicians can take that knowledge and improve the lives of all Australians".
https://www.hmri.org.au
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Systems Neuroscience Group
Team website

"Our team is culturally diverse and multidisciplinary, bringing together mathematicians, neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians, social scientists and physicists to solve important fundamental and clinical questions."
https://www.anif.org.au
National Imaging Facility
Fellowship - Guy Cameron

I aim "to foster Indigenous collaboration and ownership in the field of imaging research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians".

NIF drives innovation in "bioengineering, clinical science, biology, medical technology, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical therapies, agriculture, materials, museums and cultural collections".
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Hunter New England Local Health District
HNE Health

"We encourage collaboration, openness and respect in the workplace to create a sense of empowerment for our people to use their knowledge, skills and experience to provide excellence in patient care for every patient, every time".

Achievements

A list of academic achievements and awards categorised by year.
2024
  • Awarded funding ($598,159 over 3 years) as part of the chief investigator team (CI-C) for research project entitled "Breathe for Bub: A culturally safe framework for the clinical care of Aboriginal women with asthma during pregnancy" through the MRFF Consumer-Led Research scheme. 
2023
  • Received the 'Best Owlstown Website Award' by The Academic Designer LLC, (Badge).
  • Received a partnership seed fund grant ($15,000 over 6 months) as co-lead (Newcastle CI-B) for project entitled "Seeds of growth and healing: Exploring the healing properties of Indigenous native plants" from the University of Newcastle and the University of Waikato (New Zealand).
  • Awarded a partnership seed fund grant ($15,000 over 6 months) as part of the chief investigator team (Newcastle CI-E) for project entitled "Enhancing Indigenous cultural capability and student engagement in science and health through collaborative learning and animated videos" from the University of Newcastle and the University of Waikato (New Zealand).
  • Received an NSW health early-mid career microbiomics research fellowship ($500,000 over 3 years) as lead chief investigator for research project entitled "Genomic surveillance of bacterial strains causing ear disease and upper respiratory illnesses in Hunter New England children and young people".
  • Awarded significant funding ($1,997,629 over 5 years) as part of the chief investigator team (CI-E) for research project entitled "A treatable traits framework for chronic respiratory disease in rural and regional Aboriginal communities" through the MRFF Chronic Respiratory Conditions.
2022
  • Awarded research pilot funding ($10,000) as Chief Investigator by the University of Newcastle's College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing.
  • Received funding ($5,600) for research services by the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Immune Health program.
2021
  • Received the Indigenous STEM professional career achievement award from the CSIRO and BHP Foundation.
  • Awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Immunology & Microbiology from the University of Newcastle.
  • Received a nomination to attend the University of Newcastle's Celebrating Success event for excellence in science communication.
2020
  • Winner of the Top Sharer completion from the University of Newcastle's social media team.
  • Nominated for the Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year Award, part of the University of Newcastle's Employability Excellence Awards.
  • Received an offer to study a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) taking place between 2021 - 2025.
2019
  • Awarded 1st prize in an image contest from the Society of Leukocyte Biology in celebration of international immunology day, (Video).
  • Delivered an oral presentation of my research during the NSW Annual Scientific Meeting for the Australian Society for Medical Research.
  • Presented and discussed my research in poster format at the World Congress of Nephrology for the International Society of Nephrology.
2018
  • Winner of the month in the Beautiful Science competition from the University of Newcastle, School of Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy.
  • My research was presented in poster format by my supervisor at the International conference on innate lymphoid cells.
  • My research was presented in poster format by my supervisor at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Immunology. 
2017
  • Graduated with first class honours for Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. 
  • Received a government funded scholarship (RTP), including stipend and tuition fee, to undertake a PhD in Immunology & Microbiology taking place between 2018 - 2021.
2016
  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Newcastle.
  • Received a scholarship from the University of Newcastle, Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell to undertake a Biomedical Science Honours project taking place in 2017.
2015
  • Received a scholarship from the University of Newcastle to undertake a laboratory research project at the Hunter Medical Research Institute taking place in 2016.
2014
  • Received a scholarship from the University of Newcastle to undertake a laboratory research project at the Hunter Medical Research Institute taking place in 2015.
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