Remarkable achievements in research recognised with Academy awards

3 Apr 2024
Kirsty Short holding lab equipment
A/Prof. Kirsty Short received the 2024 Gottschalk Medal. Image: Supplied

Today, 22 researchers from around Australia who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science are recognised for their achievements with Australian Academy of Science honorific awards.

The Academy’s annual honorific awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s leading minds, from researchers who are early in their careers to those who have spent a lifetime contributing to science.

The University of Queensland is celebrating several recipients, including the Faculty of Science's own Associate Professor Kirsty Short, who received the 2024 Gottschalk Medal.

Dr Short’s work focuses on pandemic preparedness, with a specific goal to use basic research to improve clinical care and public health policy in the case of a viral outbreak. 

She has provided some of the first clinical and experimental evidence that overweight, obesity and diabetes affect the severity of both influenza and COVID-19.

Associate Professor Short has also played an important role in defining the role of children in spreading SARSCoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

Her work has resulted in high impact publications, improved public health and clinical care.

See the full list of recipients