Nossal Medal for Professor David Wilson

Angus Morgan

23 November, 2015

Burnet Institute’s Professor David Wilson has been awarded the 2016 Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health by the Australian Academy of Science. The award recognises outstanding and innovative research in the use of mathematical modelling to influence policies and practices for national governments around the world and global health funding decisions.

Recently appointed Head, Infectious Disease Modelling in Burnet’s Centre for Population Health, Professor Wilson is recognised internationally for his work in mathematical modelling, allocative efficiency, impact evaluation, surveillance and public health strategy development.

The Academy was impressed by the way Professor Wilson has translated his research into high impact, real‐world outcomes, providing the essential evidence base, including cost-effectiveness and efficiency improvements, to make decisions that affect global health: the epidemiological equivalent of bench-to-bedside.

Professor Wilson is one of 17 Australian Academy of Science honorific award winners across astronomy, nanoscience, mathematics, chemistry, physics, environmental science and human health.

Academy President, Professor Andrew Holmes, congratulated all the award winners for their work.

“These scientists are simply inspirational. They are working at the leading edges of their fields and of human knowledge, and they are developing innovations that will change and improve our society, our economy and our health,” Professor Holmes said.

“This list of winners represents the best of Australia’s leading and emerging scientists, from researchers doing fundamental research to those building next generation technologies.”

Professor Wilson said: “I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award. This award also belongs to the entire team working with me, including our various partners and stakeholders across the globe.

“In using the best science and pragmatism we can, our goal is to assist decision-makers, funders and program managers use existing infrastructure and resources better to improve population health outcomes. It is highly satisfying that the Academy recognises the importance of this approach and our contribution.”

The awards will be formally presented at the Academy’s annual three-day celebration of Australian science, Science at the Shine Dome, in Canberra in May 2016.

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