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Professor Doug Hilton wins Research Australia Award
Date:11/16/2011

Medical researcher and director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Professor Doug Hilton, has tonight received the 2011 Research Australia Leadership and Innovation Award.

The award recognises Professor Hilton's achievements as a medical researcher, as well as his leadership in promoting the value of health and medical research to the Australian community.

Professor Hilton's scientific career has focussed on the control of blood formation. His research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has revealed many molecules that are important for blood formation and signalling between cells.

In 2009 Professor Hilton became the sixth director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and head of the Department of Medical Biology at The University of Melbourne. His priorities in this role have been to continue the institute's research strengths in cancer, infectious diseases and immune disorders, and to enhance the translation of institute research into improvements in health care.

In early 2011, Professor Hilton initiated the 'Discoveries Need Dollars: Protect Medical Research' campaign in response to indications that cuts to medical research funding were planned in the 2011-2012 Federal Budget. The campaign roused strong support for maintenance of medical research funding from the community, culminating in thousands of Australians attending 'Rallies for Research' in April. Ultimately the medical research budget was maintained, which many attribute to Professor Hilton's leadership in the campaign.

Professor Moira Clay, director of academic and research services at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, and a vocal participant in the Discoveries Need Dollars campaign, said Professor Hilton was instrumental to the campaign's success. "Doug developed strategies to reach many sectors of the community," she said. "The success of the campaign was that it gained support from thousands of people, not only wi
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Contact: Penny Fannin
fannin@wehi.edu.au
61-417-125-700
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
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