The University of Queensland professor and former Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer, won an international award for co-developing the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil.
Professor Frazer and his late colleague were awarded the Popular Prize at the European Inventor Awards in Paris on June 11. The awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ event of the research world, acknowledges inventions that have made major contributions towards social, technological and economic progress.
The Gardasil vaccine, which continues to save countless lives of women globally, is now used in 121 countries and has been administered more than 125 million times.
As an ambassador for research, Professor Frazer fosters community-wide understanding of the social value of research, and encourages aspiring researchers to persevere with their ambitions to change and improve lives.
“This award demonstrates the benefit to the Australian people and the Australian economy of government investment in Australian research and researchers,” he said. “And shows that Australia has an impact in health on the world stage.” Thanks for keeping Australia clever, Professor Frazer.
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The above story is based on materials provided by The University of Queensland