Distinguished infectious diseases researcher awarded Health Minister’s Medal

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07 June 2013
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A Monash University researcher investigating hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance has been awarded the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

This prestigious award and medal was presented to Associate Professor Anton Peleg at the Australian Society for Medical Research annual dinner held in Melbourne.

“This award recognises outstanding individual achievement by a young Australian researcher. Associate Professor Peleg was selected because of the significance of his work and the innovative approach he has taken to infectious diseases research,” Ms Plibersek said.

According to the World Health Organisation, hospital infections acquired by patients after admission to hospital are now a leading cause of death in some countries. A high percentage of hospital-acquired infections are caused by highly resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Associate Professor Peleg also received a $50,000 grant to support his research in identifying the mechanisms by which the most important antibiotic-resistant human pathogens in hospitals cause disease.

“This grant will help Associate Professor Peleg to identify new targets that may form the basis of future drug development,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said.


The Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award recognises outstanding young medical researchers for their achievements to date, and anticipates their future contributions to health and medical research. The Award is presented to recipients of NHMRC Career Development Fellowships, based on assessment by a panel of peer reviewers convened by NHMRC.

The Career Development Fellowships scheme aims to further develop Australian health and medical researchers early in their career. It enables investigators to establish themselves as independent, self-directed researchers; expand capacity for biomedical, clinical, public health and health service delivery research, and for evidence-based policy development in Australian health systems; and encourage the translation of research outcomes into practice.

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