2013 CSL Florey Medal Winner – Prof Ruth Bishop
The winner of the 2013 CSL Florey Medal was announced at the Australian Association of Medical Research Institute’s annual dinner in Canberra on 28 October 2013.
The Florey Medal is awarded biennially to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant achievements in biomedical science and / or human health advancement. In addition to the silver medal, the award currently carries a prize of $50,000 due to the generous support of CSL Limited.
This award was established in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science in honour of the Australian Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Sir Howard Florey, who developed penicillin.
The Florey Medal is part of the Tall Poppy Campaign which aims to recognise and promote scientific and intellectual excellence in Australia.
The 2013 recipient is Professor Ruth Bishop for her work on understanding the rotavirus and the creation of a vaccine. This vaccine has saved countless children and around the world from the debilitating and possibly deadly effects of gastronenteritis at an early age.
Ruth and her team are now working to develop a vaccine that can bbe administered to babies to help further protect children in developing countries.