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A/Prof Andrew Steer recipient of prestigious Frank Fenner Award

Institute News
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:00am
A/Proof Andrew Steer
Associate Professor Andrew Steer has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Frank Fenner Award. Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), the award is the highest accolade given by the society in recognition of outstanding advanced research in infectious diseases.

In their presentation of the award, ASID President, Professor Cheryl Jones, and National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, paid tribute to Andrew's international reputation as a leader in paediatric infectious diseases and specifically, his world-leading research into Group A Streptococcal, Rheumatic Heart disease, tropical skin diseases and scabies conducted here at the Institute.

Murdoch Children's Director Professor Kathryn North congratulates Andrew on his award and acknowledges the contribution his research has made to the field of international child health.

"Andrew is a very talented researcher and clinician and I expect this award will be one amongst many others," Kathryn said.

"This award speaks highlighy of his effective leadership and of his dedication and hard work which is making a real difference to child health."

"I look forward to watching his career continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead," she said.

Andrew has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers including articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal.

In accepting his award Andrew said he was honoured to be recognised by his peers and in particular, wanted to thank his research team.

"The strength of our team, and my own work, rests with the diversity of our research and I want to acknowledge the outstanding work of my colleagues whose expertise have helped make today's success possible," he said.

Andrew is an Infectious Diseases specialist at the RCH, principal Research Fellow at the Centre for International Child Health in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, as well as Group Leader of the Group A Streptococcal Research Group at MCRI.

In 2010 he was awarded the University of Melbourne Dean's Prize for Excellence in a PhD thesis and in 2011 he received the Victorian Premier's Health and Medical Research Award.

The Frank Fenner award is named in honour of Professor Frank Fenner, an Australian pioneer of viral research who played a central part in the global eradication of smallpox, chairing the World Health Organization Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication. Professor Fenner was an active member of ASID and was the patron of the society from 2000 until his death in late 2010 aged 95.

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