Campion-Ma-Playoust Award

The Campion Ma Playoust Memorial Award was instituted by a motion of the Annual General Meeting of the Society in December 1975. It is presented for the best contribution for an oral and/or poster presentation at the National Scientific Meeting by a student member or a member under thirty years of age at the time of the Meeting.

Marc Playoust was President of ASMR in 1967. He was tragically killed in a road accident after the 1972 National Scientific Conference held in Adelaide.  Marc had an enviable academic and scientific record as well as being engaged in politics and philosophy. He had been a source of great strength to the Society, serving on the Board of Directors from 1964-1968. He was Treasurer from 1965 until taking on the Presidency in 1967. 

Marc Playoust made a vital contribution to ASMR as one of the principle forces behind the structuring of the constitution and the financial viability of the Society.  At the time of his death Marc was 37 years old and had just completed theologicial training to be ordained a priest.

In 1973, a swimming accident at the Surfers Paradise NSC claimed the lives of two young members, Clair Campion of Adelaide and Marcus Ma from Sydney.  Marcus was at the time, Honorary Secretary of the Society.  Both young people were well known and respected

In remembering the history of the award, Professor John Funder (ASMR president, 1979) recalls:

“The ASMR meeting in December 1973 was at Surfers Paradise, and was one of the most emotionally charged meetings I have ever been to.  Memories were fresh of the death of Marc Playoust, a former ASMR President who while returning to Sydney from a meeting interstate was killed in a horrific car accident, and the Society instituted the Playoust Award in his memory.

At the Surfers Paradise meeting, after dinner one evening, a group decided to go swimming, and the sandbar on which they were standing gave way: two of their number, Claire Campion and Marcus Ma, did not return.  Claire was a young investigator, a candidate for the Playoust Award: in honour of the two members whose lives were cut short at Surfers, the Award became the Campion Ma Playoust Memorial Award shortly thereafter.”

If you wish to be considered, please tick the appropriate box during the registration process.

ASMR Synapse Award

Following the success of the inaugural Synapse Award at last year’s Australian Society for Medical Research National Scientific Conference, the ASMR is once again excited to invite applications from scientists and members of the community who, through their artistic talents, express the intersection between creative expression and scientific discovery.

Entries are open to all art forms; from beautiful photographs of biology captured through microscopy, to paintings, poems, film or music.

All entries will be showcased in an exhibition as part of the 2019 ASMR National Scientific Conference in Fremantle, and will be judged by a panel of experts.

Download the separate application form for entries to the Synapse Award.  

“Science is what the universe tells the human mind.

Art is what the human mind tells the universe

Alvin Pang, poet

Travel Awards

Travel subsidies are available to ASMR student members (financial) travelling to the NSC from interstate, who do not have funding from any other source.

The subsidy will be a percentage of the cheapest available airfare, paid by cheque directly to the recipient at the conference.

If you wish to be considered, you should click here to download the application form.

This form must be returned by email or mail to the ASMR Executive Office at least two weeks prior to the event.


ASMR Peter Doherty Leading Light Award

Named in recognition of Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty, whose scientific achievements and commitment to science advocacy continues to inspire the research community, this award celebrates the achievements of  mid-career researchers (5 – 12 year post-doctoral) in Australia.  The award will recognise a single piece of work undertaken by a mid-career researcher within the past 5 years (i.e. after September 28th, 2014).,   (i.e. after September 28th, 2014).

Applications are open to researchers from all fields of health and medical research and can include, but is not limited to, clinical, public health or biomedical research.

Applicants must be between 5 and 12 years post-PhD (with career interruptions taken into account), and must be an ASMR member at the time of submission.

The decision of the judging panel is final and the winner will be notified no later than Friday the 18th of October 2019

The winner will present a 10 minute seminar covering translation and impact of the research at the ASMR National Scientific Conference held in Fremantle, 20-21  November 2019 and must be available to attend to be eligible for the award.

Deadline for applications is COB Friday 27th September, 2019

Download instructions and submission template

Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research

Applications are currently open for the 2020 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, recognising the exceptional contributions and capabilities of Victoria’s emerging early career researchers in their PhD studies.

Recipients of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research category awards receive $5,000 and an additional $15,000 is granted to the Premier’s Excellence award winner, receiving $20,000 in total prize money.

Five award categories include:

  • Aboriginal Researcher undertaking research in any field of health and medical research
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Basic Science Researcher
  • Clinical Researcher                             Applications close: 30 September 2019 – Click here for further information
    The Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research were established in 1995 by the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), to celebrate research excellence by Victoria’s early career researchers.