Participants in The Amazing Race

Four IHMRI teams and a checkpoint IHMRI

A huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Amazing Race Wollongong on Friday 20 September.

With five IHMRI teams entered and IHMRI designing and running a checkpoint, we had a fantastic presence on the day. From shooting hoops and playing real estate, to floristry and dissecting real brains, everyone had a great day. And to top it off, the IHMRI Ops team came 2nd place overall. 

IHMRI had the opportunity to liaise with local businesses, support a local organisation and benefit from brand placement all around Wollongong.

Every other year, the Amazing Race Wollongong supports a local charity so IHMRI is hoping in 2020 to be the charity of choice. The support IHMRI showed this year and the research conducted at IHMRI, will hopefully place us in good stead to achieve this goal.

Thank you

IHMRI would like to thank the following researchers and staff who participated.

Sugar Babies – Dr Monique Francois, Courtney Chang, Brooke Russel and Hannah Christie.

The Competitive Antagonists – Ilijana Babic, Carlos Jimenez Naranjo, Elle Kounelis, Akansha Ram

Brain and Brawn – Dzung Do Ha, Rachelle Balez, Nat Gurthrie, Michelle Newbury, Associate Professor Lezanne Ooi

Racing Researchers – Elahe Minaei, Gabi Phillips, Jay Perry and Sandeep Satapath

We’re better than them team – Kara Lamond, Dr Jean Marshall, Janine Tehovnik and Louise Negline

Checkpoint managers – Associate Professor Kelly Newell, Dr Katrina Green, Helen Clunas, Samara Brown, Eman Buttar


If you participated in the event, please complete a short online survey. Your feedback will help us improve future events.


Photo gallery

Photos by Alex Pike


Kate Brett, Community Engagement and Events Coordinator

T: +61 2 4221 5927


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