A PROFESSOR from the Australian National University has been honoured as one of Australia’s leading medical researchers, with two prestigious awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Prof Carola Vinuesa was acknowledged tonight (July 12) at the annual NHMRC research excellence awards.
Prof Vinuesa, from the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), was named the NHRMC’s top Project Grant application as part of a team that included Dr Anselm Enders and Dr Simon Jiang.
She was also named as the NHMRC’s top female researcher in biomedical science in 2016, winning a prized Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship for a second time.
Prof Vinuesa is Head of Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at JCSMR, where her team is investigating high quality antibody responses and the importance for protection against infection.
Since its launch in 2014, Prof Vinuesa has also been joint director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology, where she has helped pioneer research into personalised medicine, using genetic sequences to tailor treatments for patients with systemic lupus and related autoimmune diseases.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated Professor Vinuesa on her latest award and her enormous contribution to medical research.
“Carola Vinuesa is a truly outstanding, internationally-renowned researcher who is helping to define a new field of personalised immunology,” Prof Schmidt says.
“In 2011, Carola was awarded an Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship, named in honour of Elizabeth Blackburn who won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine. To be awarded a second Blackburn fellowship is an extraordinary achievement and testament to Carola’s remarkable work at JCSMR.”
The latest awards coincide with new research by Prof Vinuesa and co-researcher Ilenia Papa, due to published on Thursday (July 13), on the human immune system.