Applications Open: Woodward Medal

The award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, recognises research excellence at the University of Melbourne.

Established by former University Chancellor Sir Edward Woodward and Lady Woodward, the prestigious Woodward Medals are awarded to University of Melbourne researchers.

The Woodward Medal in Science and Technology is granted annually for excellence in research published in the five years leading up to 31 December of the previous year.

Application Details

Applications are now open until Monday 27 July. Awardees of each medal will receive a cash award of $10,000.

Find out more and apply below.

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Previous Recipients

Three esteemed members of research staff from the School of Biomedical Sciences have received the Woodward Medal in Science and Technology in previous years.

In 2019, we congratulated Professor Laura Mackay (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) for winning numerous awards including the Woodward Medal, for her outstanding research on how memory T cells in tissue enhance local immune responses. Professor Mackay’s laboratory continues to study cellular immune responses with a view to aid in the development of new treatments against infection, cancer and autoimmune disease.

Professor Katherine Kedzierska’s (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) excellent contributions to the field of research regarding immunity, pandemic and Influenza earned her the prestigious Woodward Medal in 2018. The Kedzierska Laboratory focuses on understanding the correlation of severe or fatal influenza and high risk groups, including children, the elderly and Indigenous Australians.

In 2015, Professor Gordon Lynch (Department of Physiology) received the award for his long-standing research into muscle wasting disorders, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle wasting

condition caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Since then, Professor Lynch’s research group has continued to study muscle adaptation, plasticity, wastage and stem cell self-renewal.