2019 SA Scientist of the Year - Prof. Jozef Gecz

Our state’s top scientist of 2019 is a global leader in the genetic and biology of childhood disability including epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy.

A dream to find a drug for multiple medical conditions is coming true for Adelaide’s top scientist striving to prevent childhood disability.

University of Adelaide neurogenetics Professor Jozef Gecz was named SA Scientist of the Year at last night’s Science Excellence Awards dinner in the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The professor is a global leader in the genetics and biology of childhood disability, including epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy.

Over 25 years he has helped discover more than 200 relevant genes, with many now used in routine diagnostic tests worldwide. “My work has changed the understanding of the causes of neurodevelopmental disability, for early diagnosis and personalised interventions,” Dr Gecz said.

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