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17 Nov 2016

Doherty Institute congratulates Professor Ian Gust AO: 2016 Peter Wills Medallist

Eminent Australian scientist, Professor Ian Gust AO, best known for developing the hepatitis A vaccine which saved thousands of lives, has been awarded Research Australia’s prestigious Peter Wills Medal.

The Peter Wills Medal recognises an Australian who has made an outstanding contribution to building Australia’s international reputation in the area of health and medical research, and fostering collaboration for better health.

Professor Gust also played significant roles in the development of the hepatitis B vaccine and the world’s first papilloma virus vaccine, Gardasil. In addition, he pioneered the development of world-first assays to detect HIV and as a founding member of the National AIDS Taskforce and, later, the Federal Government’s Chief Advisor on medical and scientific aspects of AIDS, played a crucial role in controlling the spread of HIV and AIDS compared to other countries. 

The medical virologist said he was humbled and thrilled to receive the award as Peter Wills was one of his heroes.

Watch the video below produced by Biomedical Research Victoria to find out more about Professor Gust’s illustrious career.