Award winning researcher focuses on men’s health

A man sits at a desk in front of a computer. Another man sits beside the desk with a blood pressure cuff on his arm.
Professor Bu Yeap (left) was recently named SMHS Researcher of the Year.
June 14, 2021

Professor Bu Yeap’s commitment to improving men’s health is not the only reason he was named Researcher of the Year at the recent South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Excellence Awards (external site).

A consultant endocrinologist at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group, Professor Yeap was also acknowledged for actively engaging with consumers in his research and for promoting a positive research culture across SMHS.

Professor Yeap’s internationally renowned research includes contributing to a national trial of testosterone to prevent type 2 diabetes in high-risk men.

He is principal investigator for the WA Health in Men Study that characterised declining testosterone with increasing age and established that lower testosterone concentrations in older men predict poorer health outcomes.

In addition, he leads endocrine studies in the Busselton Health Study.

Professor Yeap said he was grateful and honoured to receive the award.

“There is a lot a great research going on in SMHS thanks to valuable interactions between clinical service, teaching and research staff,” Bu said.

“I have been privileged to work with many excellent PhD students, research colleagues, and collaborators.

“Good ideas go a lot further with a team sharing the work and collaborators on board, so this is really an award for all of these teams.”

SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden said Bu was a deserving winner of Researcher of the Year award.

“His passion to improve patient outcomes through research is commendable and he is committed to developing the next generation of researchers,” Paul said.

Read more about current research underway across SMHS (external site).

The SMHS Excellence Awards celebrate high-achieving staff across Fiona Stanley, Fremantle, Rockingham General and Murray District hospitals who exemplify the SMHS core values of Care, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Teamwork in their care and service each and every day.

See more 2021 SMHS Excellence Awards winners (external site).

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