CSL seeking applicants for $1.25m fellowships

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CSL is inviting applicants for one of two of the company's $1.25 million Centenary Fellowships.

The fellowships, which provide support over five years, are offered to outstanding early to mid-career scientists seeking to undertake world-class medical research at an Australian academic institute.

The $25 million fellowship program was launched in 2016 to celebrate the company’s 100 year anniversary. Their aim is to foster a thriving medical research community by supporting the development of Australian science.

“Australia is home to CSL’s global hub for early research and translation medicine and we are committed to helping grow the quality and quantity of Australian research and our biotech ecosystem generally,” said Professor Andrew Cuthbertson AO, CSL’s chief scientific officer.

“These fellowships are long term, high value, and early to mid-career. I am confident that the recipients of the CSL Centenary Fellowships will go on to become some of Australia’s most eminent scientists and will lead the next generation of Australian scientific endeavour,” added Professor Cuthbertson.

There are now six active CSL Fellows working at the QIMR Berghofer Institute, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Monash University and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Their research includes work on improving survival rates for patients with acute leukaemia, whether memories are stored in our DNA, liquid biopsies for cancer testing, what really causes arteries to clog, why people die from infection following stroke and vaccines against diseases such as tuberculosis.

The winners of the 2020 CSL Centenary Fellowships will be announced on 10 October 2019 at the annual dinner of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.