Rewarding infectious diseases research

Congratulations to Associate Professor Andrew Steer, the winner of the 2016 Frank Fenner Award.

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From Left to Right: ASID President Professor Cheryl Jones, Associate Professor Andrew Steer and NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso. Image: Emma Davies for ASID, www.emmadaviesphotography.com.au

University of Melbourne researcher and paediatrician Associate Professor Andrew Steer, from the Centre of International Child Health at the Department of Paediatrics, Royal Childrens Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, is the recipient of the 2016 Frank Fenner Award by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) for his outstanding infectious disease research on the throat and skin bacterium Group A Steptococcal, rheumatic heart disease, tropical skin diseases and scabies.

The prestigious award is named in honour of the late Professor Frank Fenner, an Australian virologist who played a key role in the eradication of smallpox globally.

The infectious diseases physician and scientist received $5000 and presented the Frank Fenner oration at ASID’s Annual Scientific Meeting recently.

“I’m honoured that childhood infectious disease research and international child health are being recognised by my peers,” Associate Professor Steer said.

“I also wish to acknowledge the outstanding work of my team who have helped make today’s success possible.”

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

The talented researcher has also received the University of Melbourne Dean’s Prize for Excellence in a PhD thesis in 2010 and the Victorian Premier’s Health and Medical Research Award in 2011.

Associate Professor Steer joins a stellar group of Frank Fenner Award winners, including Professors Sharon Lewin and Ben Howden from the Doherty Institute, and Dr Marc Pelligrini from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.