Mentor Carroll inspires early researchers

The ability to create an "inspirational research environment" underpins Associate Professor Timothy Carroll's recent commendation by the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Dr Carroll was recognised in the category of Research Mentorship, following years of nurturing early career staff (ECR) in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

His nomination referenced his two-year role chairing ECR staff development meetings and in developing a HMNS Strategic Grant Support Panel.

"The panel pairs senior researchers with ECRs to provide mentorship and advice on medium-to-long-term strategies for future funding success," the nomination read.

"Dr Carroll never discounts new ideas - no matter how far-fetched they may be - and he constantly motivates us to push the boundaries in our scientific pursuits."

"Having such a mentor directly benefits our productivity and development, and creates an inspirational research environment."

An Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Dr Carroll has a specific interest in neural control of movement and broader topics across integrative human physiology.

One of the most interesting aspects of his work is determining how the central nervous system is reorganised as a result of motor learning and exercise.

His previous accolades include being awarded a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, as well as a Trinity College (Cambridge) Visiting Scholar Grant, and an Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta.

Dr Carroll has published more than 60 papers and one book chapter, with a commendable average of more than 20 citations per article.

The Australian Institute of Sport has utilised Dr Carroll's research findings for two professional development workshops for sports scientists.