CSL Florey Medal
The CSL Florey Medal
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.
In 2014 a new Young Florey medal is being introduced to recognise significant early career research and communications. Selection Criteria and guidelines can be found here. The Young Florey is generously supported by CSL Limited and carries a $25,000 prize.
The 2013 recipient was 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.
Science in Public are managing the media program for the Medal. The full profile, photos and HD footage are available at ww.scienceinpublic.com.au/floreymedal. Contact Niall Byrne on 0417 131 977 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the password.
Online nomination form, selection criteria, eligibility guidelines and conditions are online here.
Read more about previous Florey Medal winners below:
Diagnosis and treatment of genetically inherited disorders that affect children with clinical effects leading to progressive destruction of the brain and other organs
Research towards the development of vaccines against Human Papillomaviruses including cervical cancer and genital warts affecting the lives of millions globally.
Structural biology research, particularly for the discovery of a new class of anti-influenza drug.
Work relating to Alzheimer’ disease.
Discovery of the function of the thymus shich signalled a seminal contribution to immumology.
Discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
The Florey Medal is hand sculpted by Michael Meszaros. Michael has lived as a sculptor in Melbourne for nearly four decades, producing a wide range of work ranging from major public pieces to his speciality of medals. He learned this from his father Andor, also a sculptor and medallist of international reputation.
This work is closely based on a portrait medal Andor made when Sir Howard Florey sat for him in 1963, commissioned by the Florey Institute at Melbourne University. Michael met Sir Howard at the time. Using Andor’s original as a guide, Michael has remodelled it in this size, adding a different inscription, designing a reverse and casting it in bright sterling silver.