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15 Jul 2019
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Monday Lunch Live with Professor Sharon Lewin

Hear from Professor Sharon Lewin Director of the Peter Doherty Institute discuss the global role of partnerships and advocacy in health to find cures for chronic diseases and how this could potentially be applied to cure cancer.


Professor Lewin will present on the advances of a HIV cure being a result of significant investment in science, community partnerships, advocacy and global leadership and how what has been learned from the HIV story can be applied to other chronic diseases such as cancer, particularly in low income countries.

Professor Sharon Lewin

Professor Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is a Professor of Medicine and the University of Melbourne, a consultant infectious diseases physician at Alfred Hospital and a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. Her research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. She has given over 100 major invited talk internationally on the topic of an HIV cure and has published over 250 papers. Professor Lewin is a member of the council of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, an elected member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society  representing the Asia Pacific region and co-chairs the IAS Global Advisory board for the Towards an HIV Cure initiative. She is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Agence National du Recherche de SIDA and the Vaccine Research Centre at the National Institutes for Health, Bethesda Maryland, USA.

In 2014 she was named Melburnian of the Year and in 2015 awarded the Peter Will Medal from Research Australia. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019.

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity 

The Doherty Institute employs over 700 staff with the overall vision to improve health globally through discovery research and the prevention, treatment and cure of infectious diseases.

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