Nanoparticle researcher wins prestigious Victoria Prize

September 14 / 143

Frank Caruso
Frank Caruso

Ground-breaking research into nano-scale engineered particles for healthcare was recognised with the awarding of this year’s $50,000 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) to Professor Frank Caruso.

Professor Caruso, from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, leads a team of researchers examining the use of nano-materials for drug delivery, as well as better bio-imaging, in the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group in the Melbourne School of Engineering.

His work heralds a new era in nanoparticle research that will improve healthcare and medical outcomes for patients suffering from several different medical conditions.

Professor Caruso said his work was varied and complex but it was research that would make a difference to the way therapies are delivered in the future.

“I am proud and honoured to be given this award and it is a credit to my research team and the support I receive from the University,” he said.

Melbourne alumnus Professor Ashley Bush from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health won the 2014 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Life Sciences).

Professor Bush was recognised for his work exploring how key proteins and metals interact to contribute to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The Victoria Prize, first awarded in 1998, celebrates leadership, determination, endeavour and creativity as well as highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria. It is awarded by the Victorian Government through its veski program.

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