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Professor Sharon Lewin

Co-Head, Centre for Biomedical Research; NHMRC Practitioner Fellow

Background

Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. She is Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at The Alfred Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Monash University; Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) practitioner fellow. She completed her medical training at Monash University, Melbourne; her specialist infectious diseases specialist training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne; her PhD in virology from the Burnet Institute, Melbourne and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University, New York.

She is a past president of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, the peak professional body that represents all clinicians and researchers working in HIV in Australia. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, the peak advisory body to the Australian government on blood borne viruses and a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) international working group currently developing a global scientific strategy for HIV cure research. She has received continuous research funding from the Australian NHMRC since 1993 as well as funding from NIH, AmFAR and the Wellcome Trust. Her laboratory focuses on understanding how HIV persists in patients on antiviral therapy, strategies to cure HIV infection, biological determinants of immune recovery following antiviral therapy and the pathogenesis of HIV-HBV co-infection.

Appointments

  • 2014: Local co-chair, XXth International AIDS Conference (IAC), Melbourne Australia. The IAC is expected to attract 25,000 delegates and will be the largest medical conference ever held in Australia. The international co-chair will be Nobel Laureate, Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi.
  • 2011: Member, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted infections. This is the peak body that advises the Australian Minister for Health on all matters related to HIV and viral hepatitis in Australia. There are 18 members of this advisory group
  • 2011: Invited Member, Basic Science Track, Scientific Organising Committee, World AIDS Conference, Wanshington DC, July 2012
  • 2011: Invited Member, Scientific Organising Committee, Sixth International Meeting on HIV-Hepatitis Co-infection, Milan, 2011
  • 2011: Invited Member, Scientific Committee, 2nd HIV and women workshop, Washington DC, January 2012
  • 2011: Co-chair, Tools for HIV eradication. One of four groups that will write the stragegy for the International AIDS Society ‘Towards and HIV Cure’ Chair, NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships Panel Chair, NHMRC Early Career Fellowships Panel Chair, Data Safety and Monitoring Board for Australian Trial of Treatment in Acute Hepatitis C II (ATAHCII). This is a large NIH RO1 funded study that includes only Australian investigators conducting a RCT for management of acute HCV infections.
  • 2010: Member, NHMRC Australia Fellowships Panel
  • 2010: Invited Member, Scientific Organising Committee, Fifth International Meeting on HIV-Hepatitis Co-infection, Israel, 2010
  • 2010: Invited Member, Data Safety and Monitoring Board, PIONA, PI or NNRTI as first-line HIV treatment in a West African population with low adherence and high HIV-2 prevalence.
  • 2010: Invited Member, Scientific Committee, 1st HIV and women workshop, Washington DC USA, January 2011.
  • 2010: Invited Member, Basic Science Track, Scientific Organising Committee. 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Rome, 2011
  • 2009: Invited Member, Basic Science Track, Scientific Organising Committee. 5th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Cape Town, 2009
  • 2009: Invited Member, Scientific Organising Committee, Fourth International Meeting on HIV-Hepatitis Co-infection, Lisbon, 2009
  • 2009: Invited Member, Basic Science Track, Scientific Organising Committee, World AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 2010
  • 2008-present: Member, Immunology Interest Group for INSIGHT (a multinational network for the conduct in clinical research in HIV medicine that is funded by the US National Institutes of Health.
  • 2005-present: Member, Monash Infection and Immunity Network (MIIN). MIIN is a network of all researchers within Monash University who work in infections and immunity. The goal is to facilitate collaborations and joint grant proposals amongst Monash researchers.
  • 2003-present: Chair, Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis (ACH2 Quality Assurance Program for PBMC collection. This is a national collaboration of laboratories around Australia to enhance and maintain high quality speciment collection of PBMC for clinicals trials in HIV and viral hepatitis
  • 2003: Deputy Chair, (ACH2), Immunovirology Research Network
  • 2002-present: Member, ACH2

Positions

  • 2013: Co-Head, Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 2009-2013: Co-head, Centre for Virology, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 2008-2013: NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, SP2
  • 2003-present: Director, Infectious Diseases Unit, Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003-present: Professor, Department of Infectious Diseaes, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003-present: Honorary Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003-2008: NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, SP1
  • 2001-2003: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999-2003: Consultant physician, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia
  • 1999-2001: The Ian Potter Foundation Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1998-1999: Attending Physician, The Rockefeller University Hospital, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
  • 1997-1999: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Rockefeller University, New York, NY
  • 1995-1997: Infectious Diseases Physician, Alfred Hospital, Victoria, Australia
  • 1995-1997: Consultant Physician, Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
  • 1993-1996: Postgraduate Research Fellow, Macfarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research, Victoria, Australia

Qualifications

  • 1997: FRACP Infectious Diseases, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • 1997: Ph.D. Microbiology, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • 1986 MB BS (Hons), Medicine, Monash University, Australia

Awards

  • 2011: Frank Fenner Award, Burnet Instistute. Awarded to a member of the Burnet staff who has excelled in their work towards achieving the mission of the Burnet
  • 2011: Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Mens Health Centre Annual Research award for 2011
  • 2002: Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases GlaxoSmithKline Advanced Research Award
  • 2001: Best Poster Prize, International Conference on Antiviral Chemotherapy, Seattle, WA
  • 2000: Williamson Community Leadership Program
  • 2000: Zeneca Travel Scholarship 2000, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
  • 1999: The Potter Fellowship for Infectious Diseases, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Australia
  • 1998: Post doctoral travel grant, Sixth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infectious, Chicago
  • 1997: National Health and Medical Research Council CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship for Aaron Diamond Center for AIDS Research, New York, USA
  • 1996: Smith Kline Travel scholarship for advanced trainees in Infectious Diseases

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Contact Details

Telephone

+61390768491

Email

sharon.lewin@monash.edu