Professor Sharon Lewin AO

Professor Sharon Lewin AO

About:
Professor Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Doherty Institute. She leads a large multi-disciplinary research team that focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection and understanding how HIV interacts with other common co-infections, including hepatitis B virus (HBV). She is a Professor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. Sharon was the local co-chair of the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) held in Melbourne in July 2014, which was the largest health and development conference ever hosted in Australia. She is an elected member of the governing council of the International AIDS Society (IAS) representing the Asia Pacific region and co-chairs the advisory board of the IAS Strategy Towards an HIV Cure and was previously Chair of the Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections. In 2014, she was named Melburnian of the Year – an annual award from the City of Melbourne to an inspirational role model who has made an outstanding contribution to the city in their chosen field. She was awarded the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia in 2015.

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