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Professor Ian Frazer wins Balzan Prize for cervical cancer vaccine
Australian of the Year 2006, Professor Ian Frazer, has won the Balzan prize for his work in developing a vaccine for cervical cancer.
The award is given by the International Balzan Prize Foundation, which aims to promote culture and the sciences through the five prizes awarded annually.
Professor Frazer won in the preventive medicine category.
The Foundation, based in Italy, states that Professor Frazer is being recognised for his "outstanding scientific achievement and lasting contribution to preventive medicine".
He will receive about $800,000, half of which must go towards funding research projects carried out by young scholars or scientists.
Professor Frazer will receive his prize at a special ceremony in Rome in November this year.
Congratulations to Ian on this outstanding achievement.