Warwick hosts Professor Ian Frazer
Warwick played host to Professor Ian Frazer at the weekend – creator of the cervical cancer vaccine, former Australian of the Year, president of the Cancer Council Australia and teacher of Immunology at the University of Queensland.
Zonta club president Lois James said they were very fortunate to have such a high-profile guest speaker at this year's combined service clubs dinner at the Abbey of the Roses on Saturday night.
“The Zonta club has previously donated sizeable amounts to Professor Frazer's research and tonight we were delighted to present him with a $3000 cheque, which is a joint initiative of all the Warwick service clubs,” Mrs James said.
Professor Frazer said it was an honour to be invited to speak at the dinner.
“The enthusiastic support of the community is very important to me as a researcher,” he said.
Professor Frazer's research focuses on finding vaccines to stimulate the body's own defences against infection. He said one-fifth of all cancers are caused by common viral infections.
Professor Frazer's cervical cancer vaccine was a major medical breakthrough and is the first vaccine available to prevent cancer.
Professor Frazer said since its release more than 50 million women have been vaccinated against the human papilloma virus which causes cervical cancer.
“The vaccine will have a huge impact on the next generation and hopefully in 30 years cervical cancer will be a disease of the past,” he said.
Professor Frazer is currently working on vaccines to prevent herpes and skin cancer.
Mrs James said Professor Frazer's presence was a major factor in the success of the dinner, with 107 people in attendance.