Professor Paterson is an internationally renowned researcher, policymaker and advocate for medical research. Peer recognition and his leadership and commitment to advance research is evident given that he founded and chairs an international network of Infectious Diseases researchers who collaboratively perform clinical trials. He has mentored numerous junior researchers including winners of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award Medal and the Rolex Award for Enterprise. He has raised public understanding of medical research during media commitments and public lectures such as the 2013 Bancroft Oration. He advocates for medical research via his role as Chair of the Queensland Clinician Scientists Association.