Last week at the AAHMS 5th Annual General Meeting the Academy admitted 40 new Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the health and medical research landscape in Australia. In addition, the Academy has elected two global research leaders as Corresponding Fellows.

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences also launched its first honorific award, the Jian Zhou Medal, which will be awarded annually to a rising star of Australian health and medical science. The Medal is named in honour of late Dr Jian Zhou, a talented molecular biologist and virologist, who worked with Professor Ian Frazer AC to develop and patent the technology underpinning the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, which protect women worldwide against viruses that cause cervical cancer.

The Medal will recognise an individual who is making a significant impact in translational medical science, primarily working in Australia. The recipient will be a postdoctoral researcher within 15 years of achieving their PhD (or equivalent first research higher degree) and nominations are welcome from all fields associated with furthering biomedical and health research, whether clinical or basic biomedical research, but must have a clear translational focus.

For more information on the Medal and how to nominate a candidate, please visit the AAHMS website.

The Annual General Meeting was a resounding success and Bellberry were proud to be in attendance as well as a Platinum sponsor of the event.