Queen’s Birthday Honours List acknowledges four incredible Australians for their services to cancer research

Order of Australia AC Professor Ian Frazer
Professor Ian Frazer. Source: The Australian

 The Australian Cancer Research Foundation would like to congratulate the following four Australians on their appointment to the Order of Australia yesterday via the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. We are so proud and humbled to have the support of these incredible Australians in various aspects of our work:

Professor Ian Frazer, awarded Companion (AC) in the general division: Professor Frazer has been recognised for eminent service to medical research, particularly through leadership roles in the discovery of the human papilloma virus vaccine and its role in preventing cervical cancer. His services to higher education and charitable organisations (Professor Frazer is currently Chairman of the ACRF Medical Research Advisory Committee) have also been acknowledged with this award.

Professor Mathew Vadas, awarded Officer (AO) in the general division: Professor Vadas is the former Chairman of the ACRF Medical Research Advisory Committee, and continues to serve our organisation as MRAC Member and Life Member. He has been recognised for distinguished service to medical and biotechnological research, particularly in the area of human immunology.

Professor John Rasko, awarded Officer (AO) in the general division: This award honours Professor Rasko’s service to biomedical research in the field of gene and cell therapy, as a clinician, author, administrator and philanthropist. Professor Rasko has achieved this through executive roles with professional organisations, currently as Head of the Gene and Stem Cells Therapy Division at ACRF-grant recipient, the Centenary Institute, and Head of the Department of Cell and Molecular Therapies at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

James Millar, awarded Member (AM) in the general division: Mr Millar has been recognised for his service to business and commerce through executive roles with a range of organisations including the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Mr Millar has been an esteemed member of our Board of Trustees since 2005 and has also made significant contributions to Australian social welfare and educational communities through this demonstrated leadership and fundraising support.