veski family members among Eureka Prizes 2014 Finalists

22 August
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (image courtesy of facebook.com/eurekaprizes)
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (image courtesy of facebook.com/eurekaprizes)

veski is delighted to share that three members of the veski family have been announced as finalists in the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Dr Jaclyn Pearson, Associate Professor Lynn Corcoran and Professor Bob Williamson have all been selected.

In 2014, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes recognise and award 15 prizes for excellence in four categories: Research & Innovation, Leadership, Science Communications & Journalism and School Science. The recipients are to be announced at the Eureka Prizes Award Dinner on the 10th of September.

Becoming a Eureka Prize finalist is one of many milestones for Dr Jaclyn Pearson. In June, Dr Pearson was awarded the 2014 Premier's Award for Health & Medical Research (delivered by veski on behalf of the Victorian Government). Dr Pearson has been named a finalist for the Eureka Prize for Infection Diseases Research as a result of her work with Professor Elizabeth Hartland at the University of Melbourne into new virulence mechanisms in bacterial infection. Their work has revealed immune pathways important for fighting gut infection, and has applications in the development of preventative measures for disease.

Similarly, Associate Professor Lynn Corcoran (Walter and Eliza hall Institute of Medical Science) and Professor Bob Williamson (University of Melbourne) are members of the veski women in science program working group and strong advocates for advancing women in science-based career pathways. As individual finalists for the Eureka prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, they are recognized for mentoring young researchers and empowering the next generation in science, medicine and policy.

veski is immensely proud of the ongoing achievements of the veski family. The continual strive for excellence goes to the core of veski’s mission and we recognise the significant achievements of Dr Jaclyn Pearson, Associate Professor Lynn Corcoran and Professor Bob Williamson.

With less than a month to go until the prizes are awarded, we wish the finalists the best of luck and our ongoing support of their ground-breaking and vital projects making a difference to Australia and the global community.

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