The Tony Ayers Prize

The Tony Ayers Prize is awarded for Excellence in Research in Translational Medicine in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, is named in honour of long-term John James Foundation Board member Mr Tony Ayers AC.

The Prize takes the form of an Annual Public Lecture and will include an Award Certificate and $5,000. This Public Lecture is to focus on the research that has led to the award, including the translational aspects of the work. A representative of the John James Foundation will present the Prize to the awardee, who may be asked to participate in publicity associated with the event.


Associate Professor Anselm Enders

Dr Anselm Enders was presented with the 2015 John James Foundation Tony Ayers Prize for Excellence in Research in Translational Medicine. Dr Enders presented a public lecture on his work, which is designed to translate findings from mouse models in order to better understand the pathogenesis of human immunodeficiencies.


Associate Professor Anneke Blackburn

Dr Anneke Blackburn, an expert in the use of a cheap, non-toxic drug, known as DCA, as a cancer therapy. Dr Blackburn’s pre-clinical studies on the effect of DCA in breast cancer have been extended to include work on colon cancer, prostate cancer, sarcomas and multiple myeloma and will result in the first clinical trial of the drug with multiple myeloma patients in Australia at The Canberra Hospital late in 2014.

Dr Blackburn’s research is investigating how metabolism controls the ability of cancer cells to grow, spread and resist cell death. The results will be used to target cancer cells with DCA, with the potential to offer additional treatment options for people with recurrent cancer.