Dr John Raftos Award
The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation offers the Dr John Raftos AM Award for Advancing Innovation every two years to an existing NFMRI grant recipient for an outstanding contribution towards the development and advancement of a biomedical innovation related to the nature, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and incidence of disease and other health problems that have a significant impact on the health of humans.
The medal is awarded with a prize of $50,000, in the form of a grant to support the research activities of the recipient.
About Dr John Raftos AM
Dr John Raftos was a leading cardiologist and hypertension researcher who served our Foundation from 1982-2007.
As a cardiologist, he was instrumental in the development of revolutionary treatments using anti-hypertension drugs, including beta-blockers. A world expert in his field, he was widely published in international medical journals and was made a life member of the High Blood Pressure Council of Australia. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991 for his “services to medicine, particularly in the field of hypertension and cardiology”.
Dr Raftos became president of Sydney Hospital in 1978 and shortly afterwards joined our Foundation, many years of which he served as Chairman of the Board.
Dr Raftos passed away at the age of 87 and will be remembered as a determined and passionate individual who was not afraid of a challenge and happy to advocate for change.
About the Award
The award is presented to the researcher judged by our Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and Board to be responsible for outstanding contributions to biomedical innovation advancement following the review of the acquittal forms and other supporting materials including published papers, patents, evidence of translation etc. Innovations will include Australian research and discoveries into new medicines, vaccines, biologicals, devices, tools or diagnostics.
The Trustees of the Foundation are the final judge of the award. The award may be shared if the judges agree that more than one applicant is equally worthy of the award. If there aren’t any suitable candidates, the Foundation may elect not to offer the award in any particular year.
The recipient of the award will be invited to present at the NFMRI annual award ceremony, which is normally held in November or December each year.