3 June 2009

The University of Queensland's Professor Ian Frazer has been named the winner of the prestigious Australian Medical Association (AMA) Gold Medal.

Professor Frazer is the Director of UQ's Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine.

The co-inventor of the human papillomavirus cervical cancer vaccines, he was honoured at the AMA National Conference dinner last week.

"The Gold Medal is the highest award the AMA can bestow," the Association’s President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua said.

"Through the development of vaccines Ian has helped protect the lives of countless women and he is truly deserving of this honour."

Professor Frazer was unable to attend the ceremony but he will return from overseas later this month.

He won the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science, was named Australian of the Year for 2006, won the Howard Florey Medal for Medical Research in 2007 and was recently made a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
Media: Danielle Fischer, Diamantina Institute 07 3240 6623