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Burnet Institute Deputy Director, Professor Margaret Hellard has been appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) in recognition of her leadership and excellence over two decades into the research of infectious diseases, preventing their transmission, and identifying their impact in vulnerable populations.
A researcher and clinician, Professor Hellard’s principal research interests are in the epidemiology of blood-borne viruses HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and improving the management of individuals who already have the infection.
“I am delighted and honoured to be made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences,” Professor Hellard said.
“I regard it as an acknowledgement of the superb work undertaken by the whole of the research group at Burnet for the past 15 to 20 years, trying to improve health outcomes in poor and vulnerable populations with a focus on people with blood-borne virus infections and how we can improve the care of those already infected.
“As a woman I recognise the importance of having female role models in science, and I’m really pleased that this award highlights that women are working in science at the highest levels, and that opportunities exist for girls at school, and for younger women in science to see clear pathways.”
Professor Hellard joins Burnet colleagues, Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Professor Suzanne Crowe AO, and Professor James Beeson as a Fellow of the AAHMS.
Professor Hellard is one of 37 new AAHMS Fellows, all of whom were required to have demonstrated distinguished professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine.
Fellows of the Academy must also have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the science of health and medicine, and significant and continuing involvement with issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, research, and health services policy and delivery.
Find out more about the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.