September 15, 2017
SA Scientists are amongst the big winners of the 2017 Eureka Prizes.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication. This year, two South Australian teams were honoured with prestigious awards.
The Aboriginal Heritage Project, led by the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum won the Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research award. The team, led by Professor Alan Cooper, worked with Aboriginal families and communities to map Indigenous Australian arrival and migration, and have made valuable contributions in reconstructing the vast history of people in Australia.
The Colvera Team from CSIRO, Clinical Genomic Pty Ltd and Flinders University won the Innovation in Medical Research Award. The Colvera team developed a new blood test to detect cancer DNA in blood plasma. The breakthrough will assist oncologists in early disease detection.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are presented annually, with 15 prizes available, sharing in $150,000 of prize money. The 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were presented at a special Award Dinner in Sydney on 30 August.