Professor Phil Morgan, who is using research to tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic, has won a prestigious 2012 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award.

Phil is the first University of Newcastle researcher to be honoured with a Scopus Award.

He was named the winner in the Humanities and Social Science category for his acclaimed work in health education.

The Scopus Awards recognise outstanding young researchers in Australasia who have made significant contributions in their areas of research. Applicants are evaluated by expert panellists from Australia and New Zealand based on research output, impact, and esteem.

Phil is the man behind a host of ‘targeted’ education programs to promote healthy lifestyles in different settings and populations. For example, his programs for men include the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK) program, which targets overweight fathers and their children; the Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) program targeting overweight shift workers; and the SHED-IT (Self-Help, Exercise and Diet Using Information Technology) weight loss program for men.

The award recognises the success of these research programs and the positive impact they continue to have on families living in the Hunter and wider communities.

Phil was presented with his award today as part of the Australasian Research Management Society’s 14th annual conference at the Gold Coast.

Congratulations Phil!