Infectious diseases are the number one killer of young children worldwide and a main reason for childhood hospitalisations.
The mission of the Telethon Kids Institute’s Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases (Wesfarmers Centre) is to reduce the burden of serious childhood infectious diseases by finding better prevention and treatment solutions.
The Wesfarmers Centre has established the Deborah Lehmann Research Award in Paediatric Infectious Disease Research to acknowledge the significant contribution that Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann AO has made to paediatric infectious disease research, particularly towards reducing childhood morbidity and mortality rates in Australia and the Pacific Region and capacity building of many young researchers across the infectious diseases field.
The Deborah Lehmann Research Award in Paediatric Infectious Disease Research is a funding mechanism to support the training and development of early- to mid-career researchers (EMCR) or Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students who are nationals from the Pacific Region working in or outside their home countries, researchers from the First Nations of Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand, and Pasifika researchers from Aotearoa New Zealand.
One award of up to $30,000 will be given each year. The successful applicant must expend the award within 3 years. Previous award recipients may reapply. Recipients will be eligible to apply for additional research and training support from the Wesfarmers Centre.