Unimelb researchers' clean sweep in Premier’s Awards

Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences made a clean sweep of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, winning in five out of five categories, as well as accounting for 14 of the 17 shortlisted entries.

(Image courtesy of Department of Health and Human Services/ Bernie Phelan)

MDHS researchers dominated the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, presented by Health Minister Jill Hennessy on 26 March. Researchers based both at the Faculty and at the University's partner organisations in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct made a clean sweep, winning in five out of five categories, as well as accounting for 14 of the 17 shortlisted entries.

Our congratulations to all our talented researchers and their supervisors:

Ms Kerryn Moore (Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; Burnet Institute; and the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit) was recognised for her research on the impact of malaria in pregnancy on birth outcomes in Asia. She was Winner of the Excellence Award 2018 and Winner of the Public Health Award.

The Basic Science Researcher Award was won jointly by Dr Hui-Fern Koay (MDHS, Doherty Institute) for her work on how MAIT cells develop in the immune system; and Dr Tan Nguyen (MDHS, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research), for his work on how uninfected cells help combat viral infection.

Dr Benjamin Teh (MDHS, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) won the Clinical Researcher Award for his work on improving the care of infections in patients with blood cancer multiple myeloma treated with new generation therapies.

And Dr Gabrielle Haeusler (MDHS, Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology) won the Health Services Researcher Award for Improving the quality of research and the delivery of care for febrile neutropenia (FN, or fever and low white-cell count), one of the most common complications of cancer treatment in children.

The University's finalists were:

  • Dr Daniel Engelman (Melbourne Medical School, Department of Paediatrics; Murdoch Children's Research Institute);
  • Dr Peter Azzopardi (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit)
  • Dr Jason Kwong (The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity)
  • Dr Jason Trubiano (Department of Medicine at Austin Health);
  • Dr Paul Yeh, (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre);
  • Dr Ada Cheung, (Department of Medicine at Austin Health);
  • Mr Dean Sydney Tyler (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre);
  • Dr Ashleigh Poh (Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute/ WEHI); and
  • Dr Nicholas Gherardin (Doherty Institute).

You can read more about their work here, and the official announcement here

As we move into a new research funding era, with the advent of the MRFF, this year’s awards are a vindication of the rigour and relevance of the University's research collaborations with our partner organisations.