Victorian epilepsy researchers receive Prime Minster's prize

30 October
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Member for Kooyong (Vic) with Professors Ingrid Scheffer and Sam Berkovic
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Member for Kooyong (Vic) with Professors Ingrid Scheffer and Sam Berkovic

A past commendee in the Premier's Award for Health & Medical Research, Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO, has been named the joint recipient of the 2014 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science were proudly presented to five of Australia’s exemplary scientists and science educators by the Prime Minister on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

This year’s $300,000 major prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science was awarded jointly to Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC and Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO, both from the University of Melbourne, for their discoveries of links between epilepsy and genes which opened the way to better targeted research, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

veski chief executive officer Ms Julia L Page congratulated Professors Scheffer and Berkovic on their award, and noted that it was wonderful to have two leading researchers from Victoria recognised with this prestigious prize.

"veski congratulates all recipients of the 2014 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science, but we are particularly excited to have a leading Victorian woman working in science represented in Professor Scheffer."

The other recipients were:

  • Frank Fenner Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year - Professor Ryan Lister (WA)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year - Dr Matthew Hill (Victoria)
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching - Primary: Mr Brian Schiller from Seacliff Primary School in South Australia; and Secondary: Mr Geoff McNamara from Melrose High School in the ACT.

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