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Michael Good wins 2009 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

18th August 2009

Professor Michael Good - Director of QIMR and recipient of this year's Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science with Professor Nick Smith, ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitlogy

Professor Michael Good, Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has been awarded the 2009 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.

"It is an honour to have been recognised with such a prestigious award and I am humbled to join the list of distinguished winners - leaders who have helped shape and inspire research in Australia. I would like to thank CSIRO and the Australian Museum for supporting these annual awards and congratulate the other prize winners," said Michael.

The Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science is awarded to an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact in science and was presented to Professor Michael Good on Tuesday night in Sydney. Michael is pictured here with his Eureka Prize standing with Nick Smith from the ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology. Nick nominated Michael for this highly prestigious award on behalf of the Network.

Nick said, "Michael is an inspired choice as the 2009 winner of the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science. In many ways, he embodies what it means to be scientific leader - through his own internationally renowned parasitology research, his leadership of Australia's largest medical research institute and his national influence as the inaugural Director of the Vaccine Cooperative Research Centre (Vaccine CRC), President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, Chair of the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Chair of the Health Stream of the Prime Minister's National 2020 Summit, to name a few. And, of course, his wonderful support for the Network for Parasitology. What I particularly admire is his belief in collaborative scientific endeavour and an ability to inspire the collaborative spirit of others".

Michael has been Director of QIMR since 2000 and in that time has led the institute to become one of Australia's biggest and most successful. Beginning his career as a medical doctor, Professor Good decided to move into medical research. He completed his doctorate at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research under the supervision of Sir Gustav Nossal and dedicated his research career to combating some of the world's great killers.

After 25 years of dedicated research into malaria, Michael is now performing pre-clinical studies into the development of a whole of parasite malaria vaccine. His world leading research has also led to the development of a trial vaccine for Streptococcus A - the cause of rhuematic fever which is responsible for over 500,000 deaths every year with a high impact among Indigenous Australians. In 1996, Michael became a member of the Board of the Co-operative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. He later established the Indigenous Health Research Program at QIMR.

He has nurtured many of the next generation of scientific leaders and researchers and represented the science community at a number of influential forums such as the National 2020 Summit as well as being President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes from 2002-2004, and chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

In 2008 Michael was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to medical research, particularly in the fields of infectious disease immunology and vaccine technology, through leadership roles at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and contributions to education.

The Eureka Awards were presented in at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney on August 18, 2009.

19 August 2009
(More information QIMR website www.qimr.edu.au/news/2009/articles/eureka.html)