Women in Research: AFR 100 Women of Influence Winners

23 October 2019

Professor Julie Leask, social scientist and professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney and Professional Fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) has been named as the overall winner in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence awards; and Associate Professor Tracey O’Brien, Director of the Kids Cancer at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick has won the Innovation category!

The Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) prestigious 100 Women of Influence Awards recognise the most influential, inspirational and visionary women. Associate Professor O’Brien and Professor Leask were awarded for their important contribution to improving the lives of sick children and contributions to global research.

Professor Leask’s research into the social and behavioural aspects of vaccinations has been globally recognised. In her roles at the University of Sydney and NCIRS, Prof Leask has worked closely with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in children.

Named one of Australia’s 11 most influential women, winning the Innovation category of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence Awards - Associate Professor O’Brien has been doing incredible work in paediatric oncology for over 20 years. Associate Professor O’Brien has also played a pivotal role in life-changing cancer research and training medical professionals of the future.

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Associate Professor Tracey O'Brien

                               Professor Julie Leask                                                                                                                 Associate Professor Tracey O'Brien


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