Recognising Victoria's world-class medical researchers

11 April

The prestigious 2017 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research has honoured the outstanding work and revolutionary advances of four talented health and medical researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy presented the awards last night, which are now in their 23rd year.

Ms Emma Nolan, the recipient of the 2017 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research was recognised for her research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the University of Melbourne. Ms Nolan has now started a post-doctoral position at the new Francis Crick Institute in London.

Ms Nolan’s research analysed breast tissue donated by women with a faulty BRCA1 gene, and was able to pinpoint ‘culprit cells’ that are likely responsible for breast tumours.

These findings will lead to new ways to prevent and treat breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRC1 gene.

Also receiving commendations were Dr Katherine Gibney from Monash University, Dr Calum Roberts from the Royal Women’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne and Dr Amy Winship from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University.

The Awards are a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research. Recipients were selected by a panel of eminent health and medical researchers and the program was administered by veski.

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