World-leading clinician-researcher and optics specialist return to Victoria

In veski’s 10th year of inspiring innovation, the 19th and 20th innovation fellows have been welcomed back to Victoria.

As a result of their return, new optical technologies that could allow digital cameras to ‘see’ more than colour and a novel approach to treating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) will be developed in the state.

The 2013/14 veski innovation fellows announced by the Minister for Health the Hon David Davis on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 are:

Dr Mark Dawson

Dr Mark Dawson is one of Australia’s most promising and talented clinician-researchers and is working towards an effective treatment for acute myeloid leukaemi at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Mark aims to translate important basic science discoveries made in the laboratory into innovative and targeted cancer therapies, which will build on his previous collaborations with international pharmaceutical companies.
Watch Mark Dawson's video

Professor Kenneth Crozier

Professor Kenneth Crozier will return from Harvard University in July 2014 to continue the development of ground-breaking optical technologies with a range of potential applications from improved digital cameras to systems for imaging biological samples.

Kenneth is returning to join the University of Melbourne’s School of Physics and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Watch Kenneth Crozier's video

Call for applications now open for 2014 veski innovation fellowships

2014 veski innovation fellowships - applications now openSince 2004, 20 veski innovation fellows have returned to Victoria with funding worth more than $4 million delivering a return on investment in excess of $45 million. Their research covers semiconductors, epigenetics, audiology, optics and nanotechnologies, enzymes, dengue, malaria, cancer, inflammatory diseases, musculoskeletal health, geothermal energy and obesity.

veski is now calling for applications for the 2014 round of innovation fellowships. The veski board has broadened the categories to include food science, bioengineering and energy technologies.

While excellence remains veski’s number one priority, and all selections are based on the key criteria, the veski board of directors is working towards 50 per cent participation by women across all veski programs, activities and fellowships by 2016. Therefore, this year veski is actively seeking applications from female candidates who satisfy the key criteria.

Download the application form and read the full criteria

Applications close Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 5pm.

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