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3 April 2024

Three researchers from ֱ have been recognised in the .

The prestigious awards highlight the significant contributions of , and in advancing understanding of complex conditions and improving health policy.

Emeritus Professor Koopman was awarded the in recognition of his outstanding career in molecular genetics which has strengthened understanding of embryonic development, sex development, fertility, gonadal cancers, and intersex conditions.

Emeritus Professor Koopman was part of the research team that discovered the Y-chromosomal sex-determining gene, which is regarded as one of the major achievements in molecular genetics in the 20th century.

Dr Shah received the for her research to understand how DNA increases a person’s risk of heart disease, which has helped to improve prevention and treatment pathways.

Dr Shah’s research has a focus on improving disease prevention in women and genetically diverse groups who currently remain underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Associate Professor Short was awarded the for her significant contributions to public health policy and pandemic preparedness.

Regarded as one of Australia’s leading experts in respiratory viral infections such as COVID-19 and influenza, Dr Short’s research improved understanding of the connection between chronic disease such as obesity and diabetes and severe viral infection.

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