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Eureka Prize for malaria research

Burnet Institute

29 August, 2019

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Image: Associate Professor Robinson (front row, third from right) with all of the 2019 Eureka Prize winners

Burnet Institute Principal Research Fellow and Group Leader, Vector-Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health, Associate Professor Leanne Robinson is an Australian Museum Eureka Prize winner.

Associate Professor Robinson and her collaborators from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), Associate Professor Wai Hong Tham and Dr Rhea Longley, were presented with the Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research at a gala ceremony in Sydney.

The WEHI-led team was acknowledged for their work to develop new diagnostics and vaccine candidates to eliminate malaria, with a particular focus on the world’s most widespread malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax.

“The Eureka Prize is recognition of the immense value of strong collaborations,” Associate Professor Robinson said.

“By bringing together unique expertise across biology, diagnostics and public health, and working in close partnership with endemic country researchers, ministries of health and communities, we can address the priority gaps and work together to advance elimination of vivax malaria.”

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research, innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

A total of 50 entries were shortlisted for Eureka Prizes in 17 categories in 2019 including Environmental Research, Excellence in Data Science, and Science Journalism.

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Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Associate Professor Leanne Robinson

Principal Research Fellow, Group Leader, Vector-Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health

Email

leanne.robinson@burnet.edu.au

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