Researcher named Melburnian of the Year

21 November
Melburnian of the Year: Sharon Lewin
Melburnian of the Year: Sharon Lewin

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle named leading infectious disease expert Professor Sharon Lewin as the 2014 Melburnian of the Year at the annual Melbourne Awards gala ceremony at Town Hall on Saturday, 15 November.

Professor Lewin is an internationally renowned researcher in HIV cure and the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

The Lord Mayor said Professor Lewin was a worthy recipient of the city’s highest accolade.

“It gives me great pleasure to bestow the honour of 2014 Melburnian of the Year to Professor Sharon Lewin who is one of the world’s most influential campaigners and researchers working towards a cure for HIV,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Professor Lewin is passionate about her work and her city which was evident as she awed us all with her performance as the Co-Chair of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne earlier this year.

“She is a leader and an inspiration.”

Professor Lewin expressed her delight in receiving recognition for her work.

“Melbourne’s reputation as an international centre for medical research is rapidly growing due to the tireless and innovative work of many in our industry. To be singled out for this accolade is a wonderful honour and something I’m extremely proud of,” she said.

The Melburnian of the Year was joined by nine other individuals, corporations and community organisations, who were each recognised for their contribution to the city’s success as part of the Melbourne Awards program.

“The Melbourne Awards acknowledge excellence and celebrate the remarkable people and organisations who continue to shape our city and our lives,” the Lord Mayor said.

Judging of the Melbourne Awards involved a panel of more than 50 business and community leaders across a range of industry sectors, choosing winners and finalists through a thorough application and interview process.

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