Australia's top researchers honoured

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01 December 2011
Ministerial Media Release
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Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Australia’s top researchers are being honoured at the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) annual awards ceremony in Canberra tonight.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler congratulated the 19 award winners including recipients of the Achievement Awards and the inaugural recipients of the Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship and Marshall and Warren Award.

“As Australia plays host to the leaders of the world’s research community at NHMRC’s 75th anniversary symposium this week, we’ve had the opportunity to honour our own world-class research talent,” Mr Butler said.

“Through these awards, Australia’s peak body for health and medical research recognises the innovation and achievement of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers.”

“The Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship recognises Professor Fenner’s outstanding contribution to health and medical research through his achievements in international health. His work with the World Health Organization led to the eradication of smallpox.”

“The work of fellowship recipients Dr Thomas Snelling, who assessed the impact of vaccination on gastroenteritis in the Northern Territory, and Ms Robyn Marsh, whose research aims to improve respiratory health for Indigenous children, reflects Professor’s Fenner’s legacy.”

“The Marshall and Warren Award winner, Dr Graham Neely, is researching new drug therapies to manage chronic pain.”

“I am also pleased to honour Mrs Elizabeth Grant AM for her outstanding contribution to the NHMRC and Dr Kerry Breen for his leadership in working to ensure that health and medical research in Australia are governed by the highest ethical standards.”

“The recipients of all these awards are making an enormous contribution to the health and well-being of our community now and into the future. Their diverse areas of breakthrough research include prevention and treatment of middle ear infection, regenerating skin-wounds through stem cell contribution, and bone marrow stem cell biology to improve chemotherapy treatments.”

“I congratulate the award recipients on their achievements and encourage all Australians to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of these researchers as they strive to improve the health of all Australians.”

Information on Award Recipients can be found here.