The Elizabeth Pinkerton Memorial award is given annually by TSA to a health professional to recognise their efforts to improve the lives of TSC affected families in Australia.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pinkerton (1984 – 2010) had Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Polycystic Kidney disease. Lizzie lived a life full of friends, dancing and laughter. She provided inspiration for her family’s involvement in TSA for over 25 years, particularly her mother Sue as President of TSA (when it was The Australasian Tuberous Sclerosis Society).

2013 Recipient – Dr Kate Riney

“Having a child with TSC can be overwhelming enough, but with the help of Kate and her team we are left with only positive hope for Ellyse. I only wish that every parent of children with TSC could be in Kate’s care.”

Simon, whose daughter Ellyse has TSC


Dr Kate Riney receiving her award at the annual seminar day in Sydney in August 2013
Dr Kate Riney receiving her award at the annual seminar day in Sydney in August 2013

Dr Kate Riney is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist, Chair of the Queensland Paediatric Epilepsy Network, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland Mater Children’s Hospital.

Dr Riney undertook undergraduate medical studies at University College, Dublin, before qualifying as a doctor. She completed her pre-registration house officer post in the Ulster Hospital, Dun Donald, Belfast, before moving to Australia for her first Senior House Officer post. This post involved working for four years in Queensland, with the last two years spent at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. She joined the Royal Australian College of Physicians as a Paediatric Trainee and completed the FRACP examination in July 2000. At this time she returned to Dublin where she worked at the Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, in the specialties of Accident and Emergency and Paediatric Neurology.

Dr Riney moved to the United Kingdom in 2001, initially working in the Bradford Royal Infirmary, before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, where she worked in the Paediatric Neurology Department. She returned to Australia and became a Fellow the Royal Australian College of Physicians in March 2003, but continued post-FRACP training in Paediatric Neurology. Her area of particular interest is epilepsy, and in September 2003 she joined the Institute of Child Health as a Clinical Research Fellow and began a three year PhD research project entitled ‘Improving the detection of focal brain abnormality in children with intractable extratemporal epilepsy’.

Dr Riney started the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex clinic at Brisbane’s Mater Children’s Hospital in recognition of the co-ordination of care required for children significantly affected by TSC. The aim of this clinic is to assist with the diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and to provide and advisory for children affected by complex issues related to TSC. Dr Riney is highly regarded by her patients, some of whom travel long distances to see her. Besides her busy professional life, Dr Riney is also the mother of two boys.