Professor Michael Kassiou wins 2023 Australian Museum Eureka Prize

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Greek Australian Professor Michael Kassiou is the winner for the Leadership in Science and Innovation category in the 2023 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, which was announced at the black-tie awards ceremony at the Australian Museum, on Wednesday.

Professor Kassiou has been recognised for driving new approaches to drug discovery for challenging health conditions such as brain disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Professor Michael Kassiou, University of Sydney.

Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay AO, has congratulated this year’s winners and emphasised the importance of Australian scientific innovation in addressing global challenges.

“As the world faces unprecedented challenges such as accelerating climate change, Australian scientists continue to lead, innovate and inspire,” McKay said in a statement.

Professor Michael Kassiou at the 2023 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes awards ceremony at the Australian Museum.

Ahead of the Eureka Prizes awards night, The Greek Herald sat down with Professor Kassiou to hear about his career and the influence of his Greek heritage on his life.

“It makes me proud of the years of hard work that my team and I have put into trying to make a difference with our research. This is in recognition to all those that contributed no matter how big or small,” he tells The Greek Herald.

Read more: Professor Michael Kassiou on how his Greek heritage inspires his medical innovations

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