Malaria research team’s ‘Eureka moment’

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Image: Associate Professor Leanne Robinson (second from left) at work in the field in Papua New Guinea

Burnet Institute Principal Research Fellow and Group Leader, Vector-Borne Diseases and Tropical Public Health, Associate Professor Leanne Robinson has been nominated for a prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for 2019.

Associate Professor Robinson is part of a team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute that’s in the running for the Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.

Through combined expertise in structural biology, immuno-epidemiology and mathematical modelling, the Vivax Malaria Research Team is working to develop new diagnostics and vaccine candidates to eliminate malaria, with a particular focus on the world’s most widespread malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research, innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

A total of 50 entries have been shortlisted for Eureka Prizes in 17 categories in 2019 including Environmental Research, Excellence in Data Science, and Science Journalism.

The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 28 August.

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