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Medical Research Week underway

Burnet Institute

07 June, 2017

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Medical researchers around Australia are celebrating ASMR Medical Research Week, which acknowledges the significant contributions made by the sector to improving the health of Australians and to global health issues.

Burnet Institute Head of Life Sciences, Professor Gilda Tachedjian has welcomed ASMR Medical Research Week® 2017 as a major highlight on the medical research calendar.

Professor Tachedjian, a longstanding member, supporter and recently appointed Executive Director of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), said the purpose of ASMR MRW® was to highlight the importance of medical research to the community and the significant role it plays in improving the health of society.

Burnet Institute is one of 41 independent medical research institutes in Australia and holds a unique position both as a medical research institute and a non-government organisation based in Melbourne, but with programs across Asia, the Pacific and in East Africa.

Professor Tachedjian nominated studies on the role of natural immunity in the emergence of drug resistant malaria; bacteria that could help protect women from contracting HIV; and treatment as prevention to reduce transmission of hepatitis C as recent research highlights from the Institute.

ASMR MRW® is an annual event held in the first full week in June and features public outreach activities, student engagement, scientific meetings and professional development programs for medical researchers across the country.

Each year the Society awards the prestigious ASMR medal to an eminent researcher to share their science, vision and insights to inspire and challenge the medical research community as well as the community in general.

The ASMR medallist this year is researcher and author Professor Richard Wilkinson, whose studies examining the social determinants of health have highlighted the strong links between economic inequality as a key driver for numerous health and social problems in developed countries such as Australia.

Professor Wilkinson will be speaking in all state capitals and at the National Press Club of Australia.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Gilda Tachedjian

Head of Life Sciences; Head of Tachedjian Laboratory (Retroviral Biology and Antivirals)

Telephone

+61392822256

Email

gilda.tachedjian@burnet.edu.au

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