Territory doc wins for sting research 


Dr Geoff Isbister of the Menzies School of Health Research has won a $10,000 prize for his study of jellyfish sting treatments.

The clinical toxicologist won the Wyeth Award for a research article in The Medical Journal of Australia.

Dr Isbister and two Newcastle-based doctors compared the effectiveness of hot water immersion with ice packs for treating bluebottle stings. They found the hot water treatment was best in relieving pain.

‘The results were so conclusive and outstanding that we topped the trial half way through,’ Dr Isbister said.

Director of Darwin's Menzies School of Health Research, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, said the research addressed a perennial problem for Australians.

‘The acknowledgement Geoff has received is well deserved and is fitting recognition of his many years of research in the field.’