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Award Event Archive 2006 - 2014

2014 Award Event

 

2014 SZCUF PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARD

The historic MacLaurin Hall at the University of Sydney was the venue for celebratory dinner at which the 2014 awards of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize were presented. The dinner was once again jointly hosted by the Fund and the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University.

The 2014 Prize was shared by two University of Sydney scientists A/Prof Anthony Gill and A/Prof Ostoja (Steve) Vucic each of whom has made a significant contribution in his field.

PROF VUCIC, DR SCHWARTZ & PROF GILL

A/Prof Gill has increased our understanding of a number of gastrointestinal and renal cancers, including the discovery of hereditary components which some of them have. This has led to the establishment of a low cost, widely available screening program which has resulted in hundreds of individuals with a hereditary cancer syndrome being diagnosed early (before they develop cancer) and at a stage where early intervention is highly likely to lead to cure and new treatment strategies.

A/Prof Vucic was recognised for his discovery of a unique mechanism underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that carries away one Australian every day. His pioneering research has resulted in a significant advance in understanding ALS leading to formulation of novel therapeutic approaches which are in the process of being translated into clinical trials. Professor Vucic also co-invented a much-needed diagnostic technique for ALS currently being commercialized under the trade name MAGXCITE with commercial partner Magstim. This invention could enable earlier and more definite diagnosis of ALS so that currently available neuroprotective therapies could be instituted earlier in the disease process, potentially improving survival and quality of life in this devastating disorder.

The Prize of $10,000 and a medal crafted by Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros is presented in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The award in Sydney is sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.

Dr Jerry Schwartz from the Foundation presented the 2014 Prize to the professors.

In addition to presentations from each of the awardees, the evening included presentations from:

  • Prof Emeritus Michael Stone from the Hebrew University who provided some recent insights into the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Prof David Celermajer an eminent Sydney cardiologist and researcher and a Trustee of the Fund who spoke about cutting edge techniques and technology which are revolutionising heart health. Prof Celermajer was also the inaugural recipient of a SZCUF Traveling Fellowship in 1992, so he was able to outline how valuable this scholarship had been to him at that early part of his career and how this personal experience helps him understand the impact of the type of support provided by the SZCUF through its various projects
  • Another landmark for the Fund was celebrated at the dinner with the introduction of the Ms Cecilia Minogue, inaugural recipient of The Leslie Rich Scholarship for Dementia Research spoke about the work for which she received her scholarship. Read more about Ms Minogue’s work here.

2014 Award Event Image Gallery

 

2014 FUND PRIZE GALLERY

Bernard Levy and Maria Walter Lachs

Bertha and Harold Milner

Dianne Joseph, Ziggy Sieradzki, Margaret Gutman OAM and Dr Danny Beran

Donna and Philip Moses

Dorothy Kemeny and Noirin Celermajer

Eddie_Jaku OAM and Flora Jaku

Eli Tal and Barry Joseph

Dr Gil Davis and Sharon Davis

Eli Tal, Steve Vucic, Dr Jerry Schwartz and Anthony Gill

Harold and Bertha Milner, Emi and Paul Keen

Henry Benjamin, Ass Prof Suzanne Rutland OAM, Sheila Philippsohn and Peter Philippsohn OAM

Henry Benjamin, Olga and Brian Harrison

Janice Hirshon and George Jacobs

Jesse Tracton and Julia Tauber

Ian Groden and Karen Pisk

John Milston and Ziggy Sieradzki

Cecilia Minogue

Judith Handley, Anna and Stephen Marks

Loretta Sioson, Nicole Watson, Anthony Gill and Adele Clarkson

Michael Dunkel, Agnes Ginges and Prof Emeritus Michael Stone

Leon and Miriam Bryl

Prof Jonathan Stone, Margaret Stone and Irene Selecki

Prof Rebecca Mason, Janice Hirshon, Sheila Philippsohn and Peter Philippsohn OAM

Roger and Eleanor Sebel

2013 Award Event

 

2013 SZCUF PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARDED TO HU SCIENTIST FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH

The 2013 SZCUF Prize was presented to Associate Professor Eran Meshorer at the prize-giving ceremony which is one of the highlights of the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in June each year. The SZCUF Prize is one of several prestigeous awards presented to scholars in a wide range of fields at this ceremony .

The award of $10,000 and a medal crafted by renowned Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros, was presented to Professor Meshorer by SZCUF Trustee, Mr Michael Dunkel who is also a member of the HU Board of Governors.


Mr Michael Dunkel presenting the award to Prof Eran Meshorer


Professor Meshorer, Dept of Genetics, Institute of Life Sciences, HU was selected for the award of the 2013 SZCUF Prize for his work on pluripotency which is the ability of embryonic stem cells to both renew themselves making more embryonic stem cells, as well as to differentiate to form the cells needed for other parts of the body, such as skin, bone, muscle etc.

Understanding the mechanism of this process is one of the greatest quests of modern biology. It is hoped this understanding when attained, will allow the process to be switched backwards and forwards making it possible to take say a skin cell, turn it back into an embryonic stem cell and then change it into the type of cell required, such as a brain cell to assist with urrently incurable neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Being able to manipulate cells in this way would both speed up the process as wells eliminating many of the questions currently associated with the harvesting of embryonic stem cells.

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.

Read more about the Prize.

Further information about Associate Professor Meshorer’s work can be found here.

B’nai B’rith

The 2013 Award has been sponsored by B’nai B’rith Lodge Sydney.





The last call for nominations for the Prize was announced in August 2013. It was for scientists working at the University of Sydney. The 2014 award of the Prize will be sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.

2012 Award Event

 

2012 SIR ZELMAN COWEN UNIVERSITES FUND PRIZE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AWARDED TO BREAKTHROUGH VIRUS RESEARCH WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR US ALL

A luncheon co-hosted by the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund and the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University was the occasion for the presentation of the 2012 award of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize For Discovery In Medical Research to Associate Professor Barry Slobedman, Sydney Medical School and Westmead Millennium Institute.

Professor Slobedman was nominated for discoveries which have profoundly changed our understanding of how the human cytomegalovirus (CMV) can persist in a dormant state for the life of the human host, despite the presence of a huge anti-viral immune response. The discovery provides a novel drug target for development of therapies to interrupt the dormant state of infection, and so limit or prevent the devastating consequences of reactivation from dormancy in immunocompromised individuals such as transplant patients. It may also lead to development of a live CMV vaccine. Its potential for clinical applications has led to an international patent sponsored by Sydnovate, the commercial arm of the University of Sydney.

The Prize, an award of $10,000 and a medal crafted by renowned Melbourne sculptor, Michael Meszaros, was presented to Professor Slobedman by Wendy Morel of The Schwartz Foundation, sponsors of the 2012 award of the Prize.

A/Prof Barry Slobedman with his award (C); (L to R) Sr Wendy Morel, Schwartz Foundation; Prof Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) USYD; Prof Shy Arkin, Head, Authority for Research & Development, HU

Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Sydney and Professor Shy Arkin, Head of the Authority for Research and Development, Hebrew University both attended the function and spoke about recent highlights in medical and scientific research at their universities, as well as providing their own perspectives on co-operative research between universities.

Professor Arkin emphasised the enormous benefits researchers and universities were able to gain from strategic alliances between research groups at various universities. These alliances allowed a reduction in costs and quicker outcomes as ideas and resources were shared rather than repetitively re-invented for sole use. It was particularly pleasing he said, to have seen many projects flourish, including those between scientists of HU and Sydney University such as the collaborations supported by the Fund’s Blue Sky Research Grant Program between Professors Yehudit Bergman (HU) and Jacob George (USYD).

Professor Trewhella highlighted a number of ground breaking projects currently underway at the University of Sydney, which are coincidently being carried out by scientists who have received support from the Fund to assist them in, for instance, making the trips between universities sometimes needed to set-up and/or progress collaborative projects. One such project involves Professor Tony Weiss, who is developing ways to use his understanding of the properties of human tropoelastin protein to synthesise biomaterials that can augment and repair human tissues. His collaborators include researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A further example was the work of Professor Nicholas King who also includes HU researchers among his collaborators. He is using nanotechnology as part of his research aimed at developing treatments for autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. These new treatments will work by attacking specific targets involved in the disease rather than by blanket immunosupression which characterises current therapies.

The presentations brought to life for the audience, the impact and value of the Fund’s support and vision in helping to make scientific breakthroughs into medical applications.

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 Schwartz Foundation Logo

The 2012 award was sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.

Read more about the Prize.

Read more about A/Prof Slobedman’s work here.

2012 Award Event Image Gallery

 

A/Prof Barry Slobedman (Centre) with his wife and nominator, A/Prof Allison Abendroth (L) and his parents, Mrs Jenny & Dr Eric Slobedman

Profs Anthony Cunningham, Jill Trewhella, Shy Arkin, Allison Abendroth, & Craig Mellis

Mr Barry Joseph, Mr Richard Scheinberg, Mr Peter Philippsohn OAM

Mrs Cathy Wills, Mr Rod Wills, Mr Paul Keen

Mrs Claude Hakim, Mrs Rina Baron, Mrs Valerie Hosek

Dr Danny Beran, Mr Leon Fink

Dr Evelyn Royal, Prof Jonathan Stone

Mr Jeremy Dunkel, Rabbi Mendel Kastel

Mrs Liz Stoliar, Mr & Mrs Leslie & Eci White

Mr Michael Dunkel, Mr Phillip Moses

Prof Shy Arkin, Mr Robert Simons OAM

Mrs Renee Pollack, Mrs Irene Selecki

Mr & Mrs Richard & Kris Trayer, Mr Jonathan Goodman

Mr Richard Bertram, Mr Michael Bertram (seated), Mr Barry Joseph

Ms Sue Freedman-Levy, Mr Leon Ratner, Prof Jonathan Stone

Mrs Leonie Freed, Mr Alex Lowy, Mr Paul Vertes, Mrs Valmae Freilich

Mrs Jenny Slobedman, Mr & Mrs Jake & Suzanne Selinger, Dr Eric Slobedman, A/Prof Allison Abendroth

Mr & Mrs Alex & Rosalind Fischl, Mrs Jenny & Dr Eric Slobedman

A/Prof Barry Slobedman receiving his award from Sr Wendy Morel while Prof Jonathan Stone looks on.

A/Prof Barry Slobedman speaking about his research

2011 Award Event

 

TWO HEBREW UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS SHARE 2011 SZCUF PRIZE

Dr Eli Pikarsky, Hadassah Medical School, HU and Assoc Prof Sigal Ben-Yehuda. Faculty of Medicine, HU have shared the 2011 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research for their respective, contributions to our understanding of human disease.

Prize medals, crafted by Melbourne sculptor Michael Meszaros, and the shared cash award of $10,000 were presented to the scientists by Fund Trustee, Mr Robert Simons OAM, at a ceremony held during the Board of Governor’s Meeting at the HU in Jerusalem in June 2011.

This is the first time the award has been shared between two nominees. Prof Jonathan Stone, Managing Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund, speaking about the award said, “Both winners have made impressive contributions to our understanding of complex and difficult diseases – cancer, and antibiotic-resistant infections. Their discoveries are impressive examples of how well-targeted research can tackle serious medical challenges”.

Mr Robert Simons OAM at the Prize presentation with A/Prof Sigal Ben-Yehuda & Dr Eli Pikarsky displaying their Prize Medals

Dr Pikarsky was nominated for insights gained from his work in complex mouse models, into the development of human diseases. His work provides new understanding of the determinants of malignancy in testicular cancer; of the impact of inflammation on the progress of liver cancer and the regulation of liver regeneration, important in all conditions which damage liver function.

Assoc Prof Ben-Yehuda was nominated for her contributions to our understanding of the biology of bacteria. Her discoveries, which include the demonstration of a previously unknown ‘nanotube’ form of communication between cells, are also fundamental for understanding the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. This gives her work great importance for the treatment of infections caused by the growing number of resistant bacteria.

First presented at the University of Sydney in 2006, the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research recognises discovery in medical research by researchers under 45 years of age, emphasising contributions to the understanding or treatment of disease. The Prize is awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2012 award of the Prize will be for scientists at the University of Sydney. The 2012 award will be sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.

Further information about Dr Pikarsky’s work can be found here.

Further information about Assoc Prof Ben-Yehuda’s work can be found here.

Read more about the Prize.

2010 Award Event

 

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 Schwartz Foundation logo


The 2010 Award of the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research has been sponsored by The Schwartz Foundation.



Read more about the Prize.

Read more about Dr Codd’s work here or here.

2010 Award Event Image Gallery

 

(L to R) A/Prof Suzanne Rutland OAM, Prof Menachem Ben-Sasson, Mrs Shirley Ehrlich, Dr Michael Spence

(L to R) Mr Richard Scheinberg, Prof Menachem Ben-Sasson, Mr Berel Ginges, Mr Robert Simons OAM

(L to R) Dr Jerry Schwatrz, Prof Jonathan Stone

(L to R) Prof Jonathan Stone, Prof Hanoch Gutfreund, Mr Michael Dunkel

(L to R) Prof Hanoch Gutfreund, Dr Rachel Codd

(L to R) Mr Robert Ebner, Mr Barry Joseph, Mr Geoffrey Cowen, Mr John Denes

(L to R) Mrs Anna Berger, Mr Tom Breen, Mrs Janelle Cann

(L to R) Mr Berrnard Weiss, Prof Sever Sternhell

(L to R) Mr John Balint, Prof Graham de Vahl Davis, Prof Fred Ehrlich OAM

(L to R) Mr Michael Dalah, Mr Adrian Dalah, Prof Menachem Ben-Sasson, Mr Alan Milston OAM, Mr Barry Joseph

(L to R) Mr Stanley Roth AM, Mr Aron Kleinlehrer, Dr Michael Spence, A/Prof Suzanne Rutland OAM

(L to R) Mrs Naomi Winton, Mrs Valmae Freilich, Prof Alan Crown AM

(L to R) Prof Les Copeland, Mr Jonathan Goodman

(L to R) Mr Robert Magid, Mrs Anna Berger, Mr Tom Breen

(L to R) Mrs Shirley Ehrlich, Mr Victor Berger, Prof Fred Ehrlich OAM

(L to R) Dr Gertrude Angel-Lord, Mr Steven Stux, Mrs Katarina Balla

(L to R) Mrs Jan Shedlezki, Mr Chaim Shedlezki

(L to R) Mr and Mrs Philip and Donna Moses

2009 Award Event

 

2009 PRIZE PRESENTED AT HU TO STEM CELL RESEARCHER

Dr. Adi Mizrahi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research for 2009, in Jerusalem at a special function on June 9, 2009 during the 72nd meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University.

The prize was awarded to Dr. Mizrahi of the Department of Neurobiology at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences for his contribution to the understanding of the formation of synapses (nerve connections) in the central nervous system (CNS), and for the importance of his group's findings for the development of techniques of CNS repair.

The prize, for scientists under 45 years of age, recognizes discoveries which have contributed to the understanding of disease. It is awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr Adi Misrachi

Nominating Dr Mizrahi's work, his nominator, Prof Yosef Yarom, wrote, ''Dr Mizrahi's novel work breaks new ground in understanding how neuronal stem cells integrate into adult neural circuits and are maintained there. It opens the way to uncover the physiological role of newborn neurons in mature circuits and improve understanding of the cues that allow stem cells to develop and regenerate injured tissues to restore function in the damaged brain. The possibility to image new stem cells in the intact brain, which has been opened up by Dr. Mizrahi's work, will challenge new therapies that promote nerve regeneration in the central nervous system.''

The significance of Dr Mizrahi's work has been acknowledged by its publication and citation in many highly ranked journals, and by invitations to present his findings at many international conferences.

Read more about the Prize.

Read more about Dr Mizrahi’s work here.

2008 Award Event

 

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.

Schwartz Foundation Logo



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.

2008 Award Event Image Gallery

 

Mr Michael Skalsky with Fund Trustee Mr Michael Dunkel & Orion Foundation Executive Director, Mr Jeremy Dunkel

Mr & Mrs Chaim & Jan Shedlecki

Dr Jerry Schwartz representing The Schwartz Foundation, sponsors of the 2008 Prize pictured with Dr Catherine Leamey (center) & Ms Kate Marie

2008 Prize winner Dr Catherine Leamey with a member of her team, Dr Atomu Sawatari and nominator, Prof Rebecca Mason, Head, Physiology (USYD)

Prof Menachem Magidor, President HU

Mr Charles Goodman, HU Board of Governors Chairman with Prof Jonathan Stone, Fund Managing Trustee

Mr Malcolm Turnbull, MP presenting Dr Catherine Leamey with her award

Mr Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prof Menachem Magidor with Mr Ewen Crouch, Chairman of Partners, Allens, Arthur Robinson

Fund Trustee, Prof David Celermajer, Prof Eliyahu Honig, HU & Prof Merlin Crossley, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research (USYD)

Mr Anthony Hollis, AICC CEO, Mr David Balkin, JCA President, Mr Vic Alhadeff, CEO NSW Jewish Board of Deputies with Mr Malcolm Turnbull, MP

Mrs Kati Balla with Mr Anthony Hollis

Prof Chris Murphy, Assoc Dean, Medical Sciences (USYD) with Dr John Cashman

Mr Zeke Solomon of Allens, Arthur Robinson who kindly hosted the function

Mr Malcolm Turnbull, MP

2007 Award Event

 

SIR ZELMAN COWEN UNIVERSITIES FUN PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH PRESENTED TO BIO-INFORMATICS PIONEER AT HEBREW UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING, JERUSALEM, JUNE, 2007

The annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the venue for the presentation of the 2007 award of this prestigious new prize for medical research.

Fund Trustee, Mr Michael Dunkel, who is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University, presented the Prize – a medallion and a cash award of $5,000 - to Professor Nir Friedman, from the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his work developing the computational basis for the analysis of the very large bodies of data emerging in the field of genomics since the completion of the Human Genome Project.

Professor Friedman's work was selected for this award for its broad application to many fields of medicine. He is the first recipient of the Prize at the Hebrew University.

Professor Nir Friedman receiving his award
Professor Nir Friedman receiving his award from Fund Trustee and HU Governor, Mr Michael Dunkel at the HU Board of Governor's Meeting in Jerusalem on 6 June 2007.

Awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Prize aims to recognise a major contribution to the understanding or treatment of disease made by a researcher under 40 years of age at the time of application. The inaugural presentation of the award took place in Sydney, in 2006. This was the first presentation of the award at the Hebrew University.

Read more about the Prize

Learn more about Professor Friedman's work

2006 Award Event!

 

SIR ZELMAN COWEN UNIVERSITIES FUND PRIZE FOR DISCOVERY IN MEDICAL RESEARCH PRESENTED TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCHER AT SPECIAL AWARD EVENT

A luncheon jointly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Prof Gavin Brown and the Trustees of the Fund, was held on 18 August 2006 at the University of Sydney to present the inaugural award of this prestigious new prize for medical research.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Prof Gavin Brown presented the prize – a medallion and a cash award of $5,000 - to Mr Mark Elkins, for his work establishing the efficacy of a new, low-cost, long-term therapy for cystic fibrosis through a multi-centre, randomised, clinical trial. Mr Elkins is Research Physiotherapist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney.


Prof Gavin Brown presenting the award to Mr Mark Elkins


Mark Elkins with his supervisor Prof Peter Bye(cntr), his nominator Prof Iven Young, Head Dept of Respiratory Medicine, RPA and members of the RPA, CF Research team, Sister Carmel Moriarty & Ms Janet Bevan (front)


To be awarded in alternate years at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Prize aims to recognise a major contribution to the understanding or treatment of disease made by a researcher under 40 years of age at the time of application.

Nominations for the award for 2006, were called for from researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and closed on 30 November. The winner of the 2006 award will be announced in March 2007 and the Prize will be awarded in Jerusalem in June 2007, at the Hebrew University's Board of Governors' Meeting.

Learn more about the project [PDF 762Kb]

2006 Award Event Image Gallery

 
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Mr Berel Ginges with Fund Managing Trustee, Prof Jonathan Stone, Ms Helen Griffiths, CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Assoc (NSW), & Fund Trustee, Mr Robert Simons
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Fund Trustees Prof David Celermajer & Mr Michael Dunkel with Orion Foundation Executive Director, Mr Jeremy Dunkel & Mr Berel Ginges
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President, Australian Physiotherapy Association (NSW) Mr Damien Finniss with Ms Natalie Rudov representing the Schwartz Foundation
award imagesMrs Rita Newell and Mr Paul Mendels representing B'nai B'rith Lodge Sydney
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Prof Nick Hunt Executive Director, Bosch Institute (USYD) & Mr Andrew Potter,
Manager, USYD Media Office
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Prof David Burke, USYD Dean of Research & Development (Health), Prof David Celermajer, USYD Scandrett Professor of Cardiology  & Fund Trustee & Mr Richard Caldwell President of USYD Medical Foundation Council
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Prof Merlin Crossley, USYD Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) & Ms Marguerite McKinnon, Health Reporter Channel 7
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Mr Tom Breen with Prof Chris Murphy, Associate Dean Medical Sciences (USYD)

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Prof Rebecca Mason, Head of Dept Of Physiology (USYD) & Mr Roger Sebel Manager Investments (USYD)

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Dr Don Tindal & Fund Trustee Mr Robert Simons
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Mrs Betty Raghavan, Dr Edna Ross, & Fund Administrative Officer, Ms Sue Freedman-Levy
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Mark Elkins with his supervisor Prof Peter Bye(cntr), his nominator Prof Iven Young, Head Dept of Respiratory Medicine, RPA and members of the RPA, CF Research team, Sister Carmel Moriarty & Ms Janet Bevan (front)