Eureka nominations for Adelaide researchers
Friday, 12 August 2011
Three University of Adelaide staff members have been announced as finalists for the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes in science.
Professor Tanya Monro has been shortlisted for the Leadership in Science prize, while Professor James Paton and Dr Adrienne Paton have been recognised as finalists for the Infectious Diseases Research prize.
Professor Tanya Monro, Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), is one of Australia's leading physicists. Her work has led to the development of new forms of optical fibres that are transforming health, defence, food and wine, and the environment. The Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science is awarded to an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact in science.
Professor James Paton, NHMRC Australia Fellow, and Dr Adrienne Paton, Principal Research Fellow, in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, have been nominated as part of a team with collaborators from Monash University. The team discovered a highly novel bacterial cytotoxic mechanism, which has potential applications in cancer therapy. This led them to be considered for the prize, which recognises outstanding recent contributions to infectious diseases research.
Each will be competing against other entrants from across Australia to be in the running for one of the 24 Eureka Prizes. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 6 September.
The Eureka Prizes are presented annually by the Australian Museum and aim to reward and celebrate excellence in Australian science.