Professor Rebecca Guy elected to Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

News | Published on 27 Oct 2021

The Kirby Institute's Professor Rebecca Guy is among 29 of Australia's top medical and health researchers elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), in recognition of their outstanding contributions to health and medical research in Australia.

The Academy welcomed 19 women and 10 men to its Fellowship at a ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Prof. Guy was elected Fellow of AAHMS for her work on reducing HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

“It is a great honor to be elected as a Fellow of the AAHMS. I look forward to contributing to discussions on how to advance health and medical research, particularly translation of effective interventions into policy and practice to achieve equitable health outcomes,” Prof. Guy said.

Prof. Guy’s research focuses on reducing the impact of HIV and sexually transmissible infections in vulnerable populations, including implementation and evaluation of point-of-care testing and prevention initiatives to reduce the transmission of HIV and STIs in a range of settings. Her research also focuses on optimising antibiotic treatment of STIs and using diagnostics to improve antibiotic stewardship.

Kirby Institute Director, Professor Anthony Kelleher, said: “The election to the AAHMS is a demonstration of the outstanding contribution Rebecca’s research has made to our understanding of novel ways to diagnose and control HIV and STIs, especially in isolated and vulnerable communities. Her leadership in this field will move Australia and the Asia-Pacific region substantially closer to the goal of controlling STIs in high-risk populations.”

The AAHMS is an independent, interdisciplinary body of 454 Fellows – elected by their peers for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to health and medical science in Australia. The Academy’s Fellows are leaders in health and medical research, many of whom have been active in monitoring and guiding the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full list of Fellows.

Republished from the UNSW Newsroom.