Raine 60th Anniversary Oration – Professor Ian Frazer AC

July 17, 2017


On the 2nd of May 2017, Professor Ian Frazer AC presented the Raine 60th Anniversary Oration in honour of the late Mary and Joe Raine. Their commitment to medical research in Western Australia has resulted in the support of nearly 500 researchers and the distribution of more than $50 m, since establishment of the Raine Medical Research Foundation in 1957.


If you missed Professor Frazer’s outstanding presentation ‘Translating research into practice: lessons I’ve learnt‘,  a link to the recording can be found here.


Professor Ian Frazer was trained as a renal physician and clinical immunologist in Edinburgh, Scotland before emigrating in 1980 to Melbourne, Australia to pursue studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. In 1991 Professor Frazer was appointed Director of The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. In 2011 Professor Frazer was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Founding Director of the Translational Research Institute (TRI).

Professor Frazer has led the development of a world-leading biomedical research facility focused on translating scientific knowledge into practical benefits for the community. Combining the intellect of its partners, TRI has the capacity to discover, produce, test and manufacture new treatments and vaccines in one location. Professor Frazer and his colleagues developed and patented the technology behind the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, the world’s first vaccine against cervical cancer, marketed as Gardasil and Cervarix.

Professor Frazer is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council and President of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He is President of Cancer Council Australia, and advises the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on papillomavirus vaccines. He was awarded the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and was selected as Queenslander of the Year, and in 2006 he was named Australian of the Year. Professor Frazer was also awarded the 2008 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, the 2008 Balzan Prize for Preventive Medicine, the 2009 Honda Prize and was recently elected as a Fellow of the esteemed Royal Society of London. In 2012, Professor Frazer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.