Medical Research Recognised

Medical Research Recognised

Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Victorian Scientists Receive Prestigious ATSE Clunies Ross Award

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today congratulated the Victorian recipients of the 2011 ATSE Clunies Ross award presented at a ceremony last night in Brisbane.

Professor Anthony Burgess, Professor Ashley Dunn and Dr. Nicholas Gough were jointly recognised for their work in having first purified and cloned the blood cell growth factor GM-CSF, which aids bone-marrow recovery in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.


“Victoria can be proud of the work of these three scientists whose major discovery in bone-marrow recovery has implications for better patient outcomes in major diseases from leukaemia to arthritis to cancer.” Ms. Asher said.

Professor Burgess, Professor Dunn and Dr. Gough join a list of pre-eminent Victorian scientists who are Clunies Ross award recipients including Sir Gustav Nossall, immunologist and a living national treasure, and Professor Graeme Clark AC FRS FAA FTSE, inventor of the bionic ear.

“Victoria is Australia’s innovation capital. This award recognises the outstanding work undertaken by Victoria’s medical research institutes which are helping to improve the health and well-being of people globally.” Ms. Asher said.

“Victoria punches well above its weight in the international field of medical research contributing major developments like the first vaccine for H1N1, cervical cancer and the bionic ear.”

The ATSE Clunies Ross awards are among Australia’s most prestigious awards for science and technology, presented to leading Australian innovators.

The three Victorian recipients are:

Prof Anthony Burgess, Head, Epithelial & Biochemistry Laboratory, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Melbourne branch

Prof Ashley Dunn, Honorary Professorial Fellow, Department of Surgery, Melbourne University

Dr. Nicholas Gough, Biotechnology Consultant, Nick Gough & Associates