2020 Alfred Research Alliance Annual Research Awards Presented

The 2020 Alfred Research Alliance Annual Research Prizes, which are made for the best journal articles describing original research published in the previous calendar year, were presented this week following a special keynote address by Professor Allen Cheng, Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer.

Two awards were made this year for Basic Research. The first went to Dr Tamara Allen (above left) from Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, for ‘Treatment of type 2 diabetes with the designer cytokine IC7Fc’ and the second was made to A/Prof Anna Calkin (centre), also from the Baker Institute, for ‘An integrative systems genetic analysis of mammalian lipid metabolism’. Both articles were published in Nature. 

Research assistant and PhD student Michael Traeger (right) from the Burnet Institute, took out the 2020 award in the clinical/public health category, for ‘Association of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis With Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Individuals at High Risk of HIV Infection’, which was published in JAMA. 

Click the link to view the full presentation by Prof Cheng, ‘Australia’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic’. To skip to the award announcements and three research presentations, view from 1:17:00.