Established in 2003, the Prize is awarded every second year. It recognises research which has the potential to lead to improvements in health in developing countries.
Professor Finkel, now Australia’s Chief Scientist, presented Professor Cockburn with the award at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR).
“We look at the immune responses to malaria. Our research is about improving the quality and quantity of the antibody response to make malaria vaccines better,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt congratulated Professor Cockburn and Alan and Elizabeth Finkel for establishing the Prize.
“The Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Prize recognises and reinforces, both internally and externally, that research within the John Curtin School of Medical Research is focused on problems affecting not only Australia, but the world,” Professor Schmidt said.
“For this we thank the Finkels and their family, for their generosity and their vision.”
The Prize is open to all academics, including students, within The John Curtin School of Medical Research.
Professor Cockburn last month won $US100,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his malaria research.