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Innovator of the Year

22 May 2018

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Rob Honey

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey from Cardiff University have won BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year award.

Celebrating excellent research which has demonstrated impact, the awards have a number of categories including commercial impact, social impact, international impact and early career impact.

Sabrina and Rob, from the School of Psychology, were both humbled and delighted to have been successful in winning both the social impact and overall winner award for their behavioural neuroscience research which helped shape new guidance for emergency services.

The research, which used helmet-mounted video cameras to show how commanders handled emergencies, was also voted People’s Choice at the Cardiff University 2017 Innovation and Impact Awards. The initial research, and Sabrina's PhD, was funded by BBSRC, with further impact work funded through the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account.

"We are delighted that the quality and impact of our science has been recognised with such a prestigious award. We will continue with our programme of research, using brain science to keep our fighters safe so they can keep you safe,” said Sabrina and Rob.

UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport said: “I congratulate Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and Professor Rob Honey and all the finalists at BBSRC Innovator of the Year.  The awards celebrate our vibrant and talented research and innovation community and its drive to ensure inspiring science improves lives.

“UK Research and Innovation is supporting the UK as a world-leading knowledge-driven economy by working collaboratively with researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop the most exciting ideas and technologies and bring them to fruition.”

Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC added: “Once again the Innovator of the Year awards provided the perfect opportunity for researchers to receive the recognition that they and their teams so justly deserve. They are a credit to UK research and I am delighted that BBSRC within UKRI continues to support and encourage them in their work. I hope their success will enable them to maximise the benefits of their work and they will continue to use their talents to innovate.”

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