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Scientist named Qld Australian of the Year

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Stuart Layt

A biomolecular scientist whose work has given hope to thousands of Australians with spinal cord injuries has been named the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has spent his career looking at the regenerative properties of stem cells and how they can be used to repair damaged spinal cords.

His clinical trials in 2002 played a key role in the world's first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man in 2014.

Professor Perry F Bartlett, a 69-year-old neuroscientist, has been named Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, while Queensland Young Australian of the Year is 17-year-old social entrepreneur Taj Pabari.

Diversity champion Yasmin Khan has been named Queensland Local Hero.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the award winners.

"The remarkable stories of our Queensland recipients exemplify how one person can make a real difference, and these awards provide us the opportunity to celebrate the great work people are doing," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The four winners are now finalists for their respective categories in the Australian of the Year awards in January.

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