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Top honours for Victoria’s rising medical researchers

Five of Victoria’s most talented health and medical researchers have received top honours for their pioneering breakthroughs that are improving care and changing lives.

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy presented the prestigious 2018 Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research at Deakin Edge.

The awards honour the outstanding work and discoveries of up-and-coming health and medical researchers in the early stages of their career, and continue to affirm Victoria’s reputation as a world leader in health and medical research.

In 2018, the Awards – in their 24th year – have expanded to include categories in the areas of basic science, clinical, public health and health services research.

Kerryn Moore, the winner of the Excellence Award 2018, was recognised for her research into the impact of malaria in pregnancy on birth outcomes in Asia.

This research is making a real difference across the globe – influencing World Health Organisation guidelines on the treatment, control and prevention of malaria in pregnancy in Asia.

Ms Moore, who also won the Public Health Award, is now working for the Monash Children’s Research Institute based in Laos at the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit.

Also winning awards were Dr Hui-Fern Koay, Dr Tan Nguyen, Dr Benjamin Teh and Dr Gabrielle Haeusler.

The Victorian Government’s Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 outlines key priorities over four years to support new and evolving fields of medical research.

The strategy has delivered an additional $20 million to ensure Victoria stays a world leader in ground-breaking health and medical research.

Source: Vic Government

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