Welcome to our October newsletter. In this edition:
- AAHMS annual meeting – 27-28 October
- Jian Zhou Medal
- Outstanding Female Researcher Medal
- Supporting Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Medical Research Future Fund – AAHMS gives evidence
- Fellows in the news
AAHMS annual meeting – 27-28 October
Our full annual meeting program is now online. Registration is free and open to all: secure your attendance now. In addition to COVID-19, themes include the impact of climate change on health, the interaction between scientists and the media, and integrating research into healthcare. Academy Fellows Professors Sharon Lewin, Brendan Crabb, Jim McCluskey, Fran Baum, Emily Banks and Christina Mitchell will lead keynote and panel discussions, including with Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President. The keynote addresses will be delivered by Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge, Dr Nick Watts, Professor Sir John Savill and Associate Professor Lisa Whop. The annual meeting will be held entirely online this year, due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The event will be held over two half days, 11am-3pm AEDT on 27-28 October 2021.
Jian Zhou Medal
Congratulations to this year’s Jian Zhou Medal awardees, AAHMS Fellow Professor Sherene Loi, and Associate Member Professor Di Yu. This is the second year of the Academy award, which recognises researchers who are making an impact in translational medical science. Professors Loi and Yu have made impressive discoveries in their respective fields of oncology and immunology. Read more about their achievements in our news story.
Outstanding Female Researcher Medal
We have recently awarded our inaugural Outstanding Female Researcher Medal to Fellow and Melanoma Institute Director Professor Georgina Long. Professor Long’s work in immunotherapy has made an impressive impact on the survival rates of advanced melanoma. She is an excellent role model for women in science and we are proud to have her as our inaugural winner – learn more about her in our news story.
The Academy recently released a statement supporting the TGA, following reports of harassment towards the regulatory body’s staff. The Academy condemns the threats and online harassment of TGA staff, which seeks to undermine their essential role in navigating Australia through this difficult time. The Public Health Association Australia have also issued a supportive statement, co-signed by a number of health and medical expert organisations and individuals.
AAHMS has provided evidence to a Senate Inquiry into a bill that proposes changes to how the Medical Research Future Fund is administered by amending the Medical Research Future Fund Act. Academy Fellow and Vice President Professor Steve Wesselingh represented the Academy at the Senate hearing held on 28 September – read the transcript of the hearing and the AAHMS submission. The final report will be handed down by the Senate Committee next week (14 October).
- The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board’s new membership includes Fellows Professors Ian Frazer (Chair), Caroline Homer (Deputy Chair), Anne Kelso and Doug Hilton.
- Congratulations to the many Fellows who received funding in the September NHMRC funding round. Associate Members Professor Di Yu, Associate Professor Daniel Steinfort, Professor Gregory Fox and Dr Gina Ravenscroft also received funding.
- Fellow Professor Claire Rickard became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
- Associate Member Associate Professor Edward Litton won the WA 2021 Premier’s Science Awards – Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year (Joint Winner).
- Fellow Professor Sherene Loi and Associate Member Professor Di Yu are the 2021 winners of the Jian Zhou Medal.
- Fellow Professor Georgina Long won the inaugural Academy Outstanding Female Researcher Medal.
- Fellow Professor Ian Olver won the NHMRC 2021 Ethics Award.
Fellows in the news