Sharon Lewin appointed to Melbourne University
The internationally respected HIV researcher Professor Sharon Lewin has been appointed director of the Melbourne University's Doherty Institute.
Currently Lewin is director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Alfred Hospital and co-head of the Burnet Institute's Centre for Biomedical Research. She is also local co-chair of the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne in July. She leaves the Burnet Institute after eleven years to take up her new appointment in September following the conference.
Minister for Health David Davis congratulated Lewin on her appointment.
“Professor Lewin has made a significant contribution to people living with HIV through her leadership in research and many other health roles,” Davis said.
With over 700 scientists and clinicians and a focus on HIV basic research at the Doherty Institute, the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre (VAC/GMHC) says Lewin’s appointment is a career milestone and further step towards finding a cure for HIV.
“Sharon’s contribution to the sector has been immense; she has combined the steady, measured intelligence required of a clinical researcher coupled with humanity, humility and a generosity of spirit. We wish her every success in her new appointment,” VAC/GMHC President Greg Carter said.
Pictured: Professor Sharon Lewin delivering the Keith Harbour Address at the 2013 VAC/GMHC AGM Photo: Michael Magnusson