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Associate Professor Catherine (Kate) Cherry

Burnet Staff Physician and Clinical Epidemiologist
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Kate is an infectious diseases physician who has been part of the Burnet since she undertook her PhD studies here in 2000-2004. Following that, Kate remained a clinician-researcher for several years, heading a small Burnet group investigating the neurological complications of HIV infection and the toxicity of HIV treatments. 

Today Kate leaves the main work of research to others, but remains a proud Burnet supporter, and maintains a part-time appointment here as Staff Physician. She also works as a clinician (ID physician at Alfred Health) and in hospital governance (board director at Peter Mac).

  • 2005 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology, Monash University
  • 2004 PhD, Monash University "Sensory neuropathy in HIV/AIDS”
  • 1999 Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) (Infectious Diseases)
  • 1992 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Melbourne
  • 2012 Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • 2011 Principal Burnet Fellow, Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute
  • 2011 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2007 Staff Physician, Burnet Institute
  • 2000 Consultant Physician, Infectious Diseases Unit, The Alfred Hospital

Selected awards

  • 2016: Honorable mention in the 2016 Intima Journal Essay Contest
  • 2010: “Best explainer" Alfred Health Ethics Committee annual awards
  • 2009 – 2012: NHMRC Career Development Award
  • 2006: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine: Best Epidemiology Poster Prize
  • 2005: Viertel Clinical Investigatorship, Charles and Sylvia Viertel foundation
  • 2004 2004: President’s Award, Victorian AIDS Council Gay Men’s Health Centre
  • 2002: Research Progress Award, People Living with HIV/AIDS Victoria
  • 2001: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine: Best Scientific Paper Prize
  • 2000 - 2003: NHMRC Post Graduate Research Scholarship
  • 1999: The Alfred Hospital Whole Time Medical Specialists Private Practice Scheme Prize for Research Posters
  • 1998: Australian Home and Outpatient Intravenous Therapy Association: Best Scientific Paper Prize
  • 1998: Australasian Society for HIV Medicine: Best Clinical Paper Prize
  • 1992: Austin Hospital Senior Medical Staff Prize (First placed final year student)
  • 1992: Alfred Edward Rowden White Prize in Clinical Obstetrics (University of Melbourne)
  • 1992: Hillier Prize in Medicine (Janet Clarke Hall)
  • 1988: Sunderland Prize in Neuroscience (University of Melbourne)
  • 2014 – present Staff Elected Member, Burnet Institute
  • 2012 – 2015 Member, MS Research Australia Social and Applied Research Reference Group
  • 2011 Microbiology and Virology Grant Review Panel Member, NHMRC
  • 2010 – present Member, Alfred Health Ethics Committee
  • 2010 – 2016 Member, MS Advisory Council, Victoria (Chair 2014 – 2016)
  • 2008 – present Member, Alfred Health Research Review Committee
  • 2007 – present Victorian HIV Blood and Tissue Storage Bank Steering Committee
  • 2002 – present Australian National NeuroAIDS Brain & Tissue Bank Steering Committee
  • 2001 – 2005 Treasurer, Australian Doctors Orchestra