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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Applications Open For 2011 Premier’s Award For Health And Medical Research

Victor P Taffa

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu today opened the Statewide call for Applications for the 2011 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

Premier Baillieu said the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research celebrated the important contribution early career researchers made to Victoria.

“This award is a great opportunity for all Victorians to recognise the achievements of these young people, and I urge Victoria’s up-and-coming health and medical researchers to showcase their talents by nominating themselves or their peers.” Premier Baillieu said.

Past winners of the award have worked in a range of health and medical research fields including cancer, diabetes, cochlear implants and tuberculosis.

“What these researchers have in common is success in their chosen field, as each has made a major contribution to Victoria’s international reputation for health and medical research.” Premier Baillieu said.

Dr. Julia Archbold, the 2010 winner, has been furthering her research into the role of immune system proteins in organ transplantation both here in Victoria and overseas. Her award-winning research played a major part in helping to explain why patients who receive donor-recipient matched organs reject these tissues.

The Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research includes $70,000 in Prize Money with $16,000 Presented to the Winner and $8,000 Provided to each of the three Commended. The Award is an Initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation also award a $30,000 Prize to the research institute associated with the work of the Premier’s Award winner. Last year Monash University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where Julia Archbold worked, received the Prize.

“Our Foundation is delighted to support the important contribution made by Victorian institutes to health and medical research, which benefit not only our community but also the world.” Andrew Blode, CEO of the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation said.

Nominations are open until 5 pm, Wednesday 16 March. The Winner and Commended will be announced during Medical Research Week in early June 2011.

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