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Burnet malaria researcher wins Georgina Sweet Award

Burnet Institute

14 September, 2016

Head of Burnet Institute’s Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group, Associate Professor Freya Fowkes (pictured, centre), has won the prestigious 2016 Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science.

The $25,000 award is presented to outstanding mid-career female scientists across Australia who demonstrate excellence in the area of Quantitative Biomedical Science.

The Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science was created by Professor Leann Tilley as part of her Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship program to promote and support female scientists who demonstrate excellence in the area of Quantitative Biomedical Science.

With the award Associate Professor Fowkes will aim to understand how elimination of malaria can impact on rebound of clinical disease, and elucidate how infectious malaria reservoirs can spread drug resistant malaria.

She said it was a great honour to receive the Georgina Sweet Award, also won by Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Associate Professor Kathryn Holt, University of Melbourne.

“To be recognised as a female leader in science in Australia is a great honour and I hope to emulate the success and achievements of other inspirational female scientists such as Professor Tilley,” Associate Professor Fowkes said.

“During the award I hope to act as an ambassador for women in science, promoting and inspiring emerging female leaders in science in Australia.”

Associate Professor Fowkes will receive her award at a ceremony on Thursday 27th October at Melbourne University.

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