AAS award for David Wilson

Angus Morgan

25 May, 2016

IMAGE: Professor David Wilson presenting at Science at the Shine Dome

Burnet Institute’s Professor David Wilson has dedicated his Australian Academy of Science (AAS) 2016 Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health to his research team, partners and stakeholders around the globe.

Professor Wilson, Head, Infectious Disease Modelling in the Centre for Population Health, was presented with his award at Science at the Shine Dome, the Academy’s annual three-day celebration of Australian science in Canberra.

The Gustav Nossal Medal 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.

Professor Wilson delivered a presentation in which he explained how a tool he developed called Optima could help Governments make best use of public health resources.

“We do this through the use of quantitative scientific methods to target resources to the right people, in the right places, at the right time, and in the right ways,” Professor Wilson said.

IMAGE: AAS President Professor Andrew Holmes presents Professor David Wilson with the 2016 Gustav Nossal Medal for Global 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.

“I am extremely honoured 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,” Professor Wilson said.

“In particular, I would like to thank the team at Burnet Institute, the University of New South Wales and the World Bank, our primary partner in conducting this work.”

Professor Wilson was one of 17 AAS honorific award winners across astronomy, nanoscience, mathematics, chemistry, physics, environmental science and human health.

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