Professor Frank Caruso from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne has won the 2014 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences).

Professor Caruso leads a team of researchers examining the use of nano-materials for drug delivery, as well as better bio-imaging.

His ground-breaking work heralds a new era of research into nano-scale engineered particles that will improve healthcare and medical outcomes for patients  suffering from  a number of medical conditions.

He leads the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science Group in the Melbourne School of Engineering.

“My work is varied and complex but it is reserch that will make a difference to the way we deliver therapies in the future,” Professor Caruso said.

“I am proud and honoured to be given this award and it is a credit to my research team and the support I receive from the University of Melbourne.”
Professor Ashley Bush from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and a University of Melbourne alumnus, has won the 2014 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Life Sciences).

Professor Bush was recognised for his work exploring how key proteins and metals interact to contribute to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s

The award ceremony was hosted by the Victorian State Government, through the Veski program last evening.  
The Victoria Prize, worth $50,000 was first awarded in 1998 and celebrates leadership, determination, endeavour and creativity as well as highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.