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Award Event - 2008

2008 Fund Prize presented at Fund’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations

The award of the 2008 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research was made at a special function jointly hosted by the Fund and the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) to celebrate the Fund’s 30th Anniversary in November 2008.

Guest of honour and speaker at the function, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP, the honourable leader of the Federal Opposition, presented the Prize to Dr Catherine Leamey of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Dr Leamey received the award for identification of a gene, which plays an essential role in binocular vision and has important implications for the development of therapies for both vision and developmental brain disorders, such as autism and mental retardation.

Dr Catherine Leamey receiving her Prize from Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP

Established in 2005 to recognise the work of young scientists, the Prize is presented in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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The 2008 Award of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize For Discovery in Medical Research was sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.


Read more about the Prize.

Read more about Dr Leamey’s work.