Award Event - 2010
2010 Fund Prize presented at Function Jointly hosted by Fund and NSW Friends of the Hebrew University
The award of the 2010 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research was made at a luncheon jointly hosted by the Fund and the NSW Friends of the Hebrew University (FHU). In addition, the function provided an opportunity to welcome the recently elected President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Prof Menahem Ben-Sasson who was visiting Australia for the first time. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence was also in attendance. Both university leaders spoke at the function about the growing bilateral relationship between the two Universities and the importance of the Fund’s contribution in fostering this growth.
The Prize, an award of $10,000 and a medal crafted by renowned Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros was presented to Dr Rachel Codd, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, by Dr Jerry Schwartz of The Schwartz Foundation, sponsor of the 2010 award of the Prize.
Dr Codd was nominated for the development of a range of compounds that may be effective in treating iron overload disease with orally administrable drugs compared with current therapy requiring intravenous infusion. The compounds may also have application in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, where irregular iron levels have been implicated as contributing factors.
Dr Rachel Codd receiving her Prize from Dr Jerry Schwartz of The Schwartz Foundation
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.
The 2010 Award of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research has been sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.