Health and medical research in Victoria: Doherty Institute
Video: Doherty Institute: Inaugural Director, Sharon Lewin
The Melbourne-based world-class Doherty Institute (also known as Peter Doherty Institute) for Infection and Immunity is a partnership between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.
It is named after the esteemed Nobel Laureate (1996) and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Professor Peter Doherty, who is also the Institute's Patron.
Leading Melbourne scientist and Melbournian of the year in 2014, Professor Sharon Lewin is Director of the Doherty Institute. In the video, she talks about health and medical research in Victoria. About 70% of staff at the Institute are university-based and over 700 staff work on all aspects of infectious diseases and how to tackle and prevent and ultimately cure many of the most serious infectious diseases we face today.
"The Government helps in a whole range of ways, of course, infrastructure, so many of the buildings and hardware that we need to do the work is provided by government. The Peter Doherty Institute is a brand new, 11 storey building in the heart of Melbourne. It cost 210 million dollars to build and that was through contributions from the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government and the University of Melbourne." says Prof Lewin.