Entries open for the Ryman Prize

NZ$250,000 prize for improving quality of life for older people on offer

The search is on for the best work around the globe that has enhanced quality of life for older people.

Launched last year, the NZ$250,000 Ryman Prize is one of the world’s richest prizes and is the only award of its kind which is targeted at the health of older people.

The prize winner is selected by an international jury and entry is open to the brightest and best thinkers, scientists, clinicians or inventors anywhere in the world.

The prize will go to the best discovery, invention, medical advance, idea or initiative anywhere on earth that enhances quality of life for older people.

Entry for the 2016 Ryman Prize are now open at Entries close at midnight on Friday, April 29 2016.

Last year’s Ryman Prize winner was Gabi Hollows, the founding director of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Gabi set up the charity with her late husband Professor Fred Hollows, and together they worked tirelessly to tackle the problem of preventable blindness in the developing world and indigenous Australians.

In the 24 years since the Hollows Foundation was established more than 1 million people have had their sight restored. The vast majority of the recipients are older people who could not have otherwise afforded to have cataract surgery.

Ryman Prize director David King said Gabi Hollows was a deserving winner.

“Gabi’s story was inspirational and her work has had a huge impact on a large number of older people. We had a great response last year and we are now looking forward to finding this year’s Gabi Hollows.’’

“As the number of people aged 75+ in the world grows so too do the issues they face. People are living longer and their health needs are becoming more complex. We hope the Ryman Prize will not only reward people who have done great work for older people, but also spark new ideas and research.’’

The prize could go to an initiative or invention as simple as a new walking cane or mobility device, or as complex as a medical advance. In Gabi’s case, it was for more than 20 years of dedicated work to restore sight for older people.

While there are plenty of prizes for research, there are none specifically aimed at the area of the health of older people. The Ryman Prize aims to fill that niche.

The prize money has been donated to The Ryman Foundation to administer.

The Ryman Prize jury includes:

Dr Brian Draper, Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Sarah Harper, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Dr David Kerr, Ryman Healthcare Chairman, Fellow and Past President of the New Zealand Medical Association, Fellow with Distinction of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Fred Lee, a Florida-based health management thinker, author and motivational speaker.

Professor Tim Wilkinson, consulting geriatrician and Associate Dean of Medical Education, Otago School of Medicine.

Dr Naoko Muramatsu, health and ageing research specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate and Professor at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Dr Neher is a biophysicist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1991.

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