Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research now open

11 February

Victoria's most talented emerging medical researchers will be honoured at the 2016 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research

Applications close on 10 March

Premier Daniel Andrews called for nominations for the awards, which recognise the amazing achievements of health and medical researchers in the early stages of their career.

The Premier's Award is a joint initiative of the Government of Victoria and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) and is administered by veski. The awards, now in their 22nd year, celebrate Victoria's proud legacy in medical research and leading breakthroughs that make a real difference in the lives of patients. So far the awards have honoured more than 80 researchers from various fields of medical science including cancer, immunology, infection and neuroscience.

The 2015 recipient, Dr Peter De Cruz, was recognised for his landmark international study of 174 patients with Crohn's disease, trialling a more proactive approach to post-operative care. Through earlier detection, the study found patients experienced significantly fewer recurrences and fewer surgeries.

Other global breakthroughs led by Victorian researchers include a wrist device to monitor the mobility of patients with Parkinson's disease, a prototype of the bionic eye and the world’s first vaccine for breast cancer.

The Victorian Government is supporting Victorian researchers at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and innovations in patient care.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget delivered $200 million to establish a Future Industries Fund to drive growth and secure jobs in key sectors including medical technology and pharmaceuticals.

The Victorian Government has also committed $60 million to the new Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery at St Vincent's Hospital, which will be Australia's first research and education centre for biomedical engineering, bringing doctors, scientists and researchers together to test cures for chronic diseases.

Applications close on 10 March, with the recipient and commendees to be announced in June. To apply visit www.veski.org.au/pahmr

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