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Professor Ian Frazer awarded the 2008 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

7 November 2008

Australian of the Year 2006, Professor Ian Frazer, was awarded a $300,000 grant at the Prime Minister's Prize for Science ceremony, held at Parliament House in October 2008.

The award and the grant recognise Professor Frazer's ground-breaking work in the creation of vaccines which protect against the virus that causes cervical cancer. Two of these, Gardasil and Cervarix, are now available commercially.

Every year, approximately 230,000 women worldwide die from cervical cancer. Professor Frazer's work provides invaluable protection against this disease and makes an enormous contribution to the health of women around the world.

Professor Frazer is also developing two further two vaccines, now in clinical trials, which are designed to treat women who have already been infected with the virus.

Our congratulations to Professor Frazer on another well-deserved accolade.

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