Prof. Carola Vinuesa MD, MBBS, PhD, FAA

Professor Carola Vinuesa MD PhD FAA is clinically-trained and Co-Director of the Centre for Personalised Immunology (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence), based at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University. She obtained a medical degree at the University Autonoma of Madrid and undertook specialist clinical training in the UK. In 2000 she was awarded a PhD by the University of Birmingham (UK).  Her achievements have been recognized by numerous awards including the 2008 Science Minister Prize, the 2008 Biogen-Idec Prize, the 2009 Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, the 2014 inaugural CSL Young Florey Medal and the 2015 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.  In 2015, Professor Vinuesa was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of her discoveries into how our immune system produces high quality antibody responses to fight infections, while preventing the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus. In 2016, she received a foreign expert fellowship from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to establish the China-Australia Centre for Personalised Immunology at Renji hospital in Shanghai. In 2017, she became the first person to receive a second Elizabeth Blackburn NHMRC fellowship as the top ranked female biomedical scientist.