ACHS Virtual Awards Ceremony 2021

Annual Awards Ceremony 2021


We are excited to announce Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC as our special guest speaker for this year’s ACHS Virtual Awards Ceremony on 25th November. We are privileged to have this former Australian of the Year and National Treasure to speak about the current pandemic given his experience as a world-leading immunologist. 

The winners of the 2021 Quality Improvement (QI) Awards and the ACHS Medal winner will be announced during this live event, where we acknowledge new initiatives in quality and safety in healthcare. 

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Guest Speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC

University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, the Patron and namesake of the Doherty Institute, has been involved in research on infection and immunity for 50 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence and the biological role of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). 

He was and remains the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize and was Australian of the Year in 1997. Still active in science and involved in large, grant-funded programs at both institutions, he commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Doherty Institute where he now spends most of his time. His research over the past four decades has focused on T cell-mediated immunity in virus infections, particularly with respect to CD8+ “killer” T cell effector function and memory. Apart from his published reviews and research papers that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several “lay” books, including A Light History of Hot AirThe Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel PrizeTheir Fate is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to our Health and our WorldPandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know, The Knowledge Wars and The Incidental Tourist. His current focus is increasingly on the public communication of science and on defending an evidence-based view of the world.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Peter also shared the Paul Ehrlich Prize (Germany), the Gairdner International Award (Canada), and the Lasker Award for Basic Science (USA) with Rolf Zinkernagel. Peter’s research has been supported by competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health in the US, the National Health and Medical Research Council and institutional funding at SJCRH and the Australian National University. Peter is a Fellow, or Foreign Associate, of the Australian, UK, US, and Russian Academies of Science, and the French, US, UK and Australian Academies of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of numerous professional societies, has been awarded more than 20 Honorary Doctorates and has published some 500 research papers and reviews. His h-index is 81. He was Australian of the Year and received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997, is listed as a living National Treasure, had his face on a postage stamp, and has research fellowships, a street and two buildings (in Edinburgh and Melbourne) named after him. 


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