Kirby Institute researcher win top NHMRC Excellence award

News | Published on 12 Jun 2014

The Kirby Institute’s Professor Lisa Maher has been named one of Australia’s top health and medical researchers for 2013 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton announced Professor Maher as the recipient of the NHMRC Research Excellence Award: Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship - Public Health 2013 at a ceremony in Canberra on 11 June 2014.

The NHMRC uses rigorous peer review processes each year to decide which applicants to support in their different funding schemes. These peer review processes identify the top ranked applicants. Lisa was ranked the top female researcher in the research fellowship scheme in the public health category for her work on designing and testing new approaches to preventing infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis C, in vulnerable populations including drug users, sex workers, people living with HIV, marginalised youth and people who are homeless.

The Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships were established in 2011 to Foster the career development of female scientists excelling in biomedical, clinical and public health research and to recognise the next generation of Australian women in science.

Lisa was among four UNSW researchers to win top NHMRC Excellence awards.


For a full list of recipients, go to the NHMRC website.

Read more about Professor Maher’s work in an interview with the NHMRC.




Laurie Legere


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