Doherty Institute director named Melburnian of the Year

November 14 / 149

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Professor Sharon Lewin and Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Professor Sharon Lewin and Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley

Inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute and leading HIV scientist and infectious disease physician Professor Sharon Lewin was named Melburnian of the Year, the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, at a gala ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall last week.

The Melbourne Awards honour a diverse range of contributions, focusing on individuals, community organisations and groups who work tirelessly for the benefit of the city.

‘Melburnian of the Year’ is a title awarded to an inspirational individual within the Melbourne community. It is selected by a committee of notable Melburnians appointed by the Lord Mayor.

Professor Lewin is an internationally renowned researcher in HIV and was the local co-chair of the 20th International Aids Conference, held in Melbourne in July. 

Before joining The Doherty Institute, Professor Lewin was head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health and Monash University and co-head of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute.

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, for whom the Doherty Institute is named, congratulated Professor Lewin.

“Sharon is an outstanding Melburnian and continues to make a remarkable contribution to science through her research in HIV, as well as for mentoring and inspiring younger generations to follow in her footsteps,” he said. “We’re proud to have her at the helm of the Doherty Institute, and we’re all committed to continuing excellence in research and clinical practice for Melbourne and beyond.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said he was delighted the Melburnian of the Year came from the Doherty Institute.

“It’s a great honour and due recognition for the outstanding contribution Professor Lewin makes to the field of infectious disease and immunity,” he said.

The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle paid tribute to Professor Lewin and the remarkable achievements of her career so far.

“It gives me great pleasure to bestow the honour of 2014 Melburnian of the Year to Professor Sharon Lewin who is one of the world’s most influential campaigners and researchers working towards a cure for HIV,” Mr Doyle said.

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