Professor Anne Kelso AO
CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
1 July 2019

Outstanding researcher recognised with Commonwealth Health Minister's Award for excellence in health and medical research.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) congratulates Doctor Si Ming Man from the Australia National University on receiving the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2018.

The Award, initiated in 2000, recognises outstanding achievement and potential for an Australian medical researcher who has completed a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine, within the last twelve years.

The Award was presented to Doctor Si Ming Man by the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP at the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Gala Dinner, on Thursday 6 June 2019 in Melbourne.

“The award recognises Doctor Man’s outstanding research achievements as well as his vision for his research on immune defence against infectious disease”, said NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO.

Doctor Man’s research aims to learn how to harness the anti-microbial functions of a class of disease-fighting proteins in the treatment of infections.

In addition to his four-year fellowship, Doctor Man was presented with a medal and a research grant of $50,000 as NHMRC’s top ranked Career Development Fellowship recipient from the previous application year.

“This fellowship and the additional support will provide me with the opportunity to continue my research in this important area with the ultimate goal of identifying ways to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance across the world”, Doctor Man said.

Doctor Man received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, for his work on the host defence against Salmonella infection. He obtained his postdoctoral training from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where he studied the role of the immune system in infection and cancer. Currently, he is a Group Leader at the Australian National University, where his laboratory focuses on innate immunity in the host defence against infectious diseases, as well as the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.

“It is wonderful to see the Australian Government recognising the value of Australian researchers and research”, Doctor Man said.