Scientia Professor David Cooper’s research on the understanding and treatment of HIV/AIDS has been recognised by the Royal Society of New South Wales who awarded him the James Cook Medal for 2016. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to science and human welfare.
Professor Cooper was nominated by the Dean of UNSW Medicine Professor Rodney Phillips, who said that Professor Cooper’s career is a wonderful example of an academic clinician bridging the gaps between those who work with molecules and cells in the laboratory, and those who work in the clinic and in population health, as well as those in the community who are effected by HIV.
Professor Cooper introduced one of the first tests for HIV infection to Australia and has made numerous contributions and discoveries in areas such as antiretroviral therapy, complications of HIV treatment, and HIV pathogenesis.
The award will be presented to Professor Cooper at the Royal Society of NSW gala dinner in May 2017.