Anders Young Investigator Awards

In recognition of the very fine contributions to science made by young protein scientists, the Lorne Conference for Protein Structure and Function each year makes one to five special awards. Traditionally they have been referred to as the “Young Investigator Award” – but we have now renamed them “The Robin Anders Young Investigator Award“. This is in honour of one of our great contributors to the Conference – Chair of 15 years between 1985-2000, attendee of all but the first meeting, and Leach Lecturer in 2003 – Professor Robin Anders (read more about Robin below).

If you are an early career scientist, would you like to be considered for a Robin Anders Young Investigator Award? This prestigious award is given to up to five scientists each year that are within 5 years of the award of their PhD (i.e. not before 2014 for the 2020 meeting unless there are valid circumstances for a career break). It is generally expected that the PhD has been awarded but, under exceptional circumstances, applications by students at the late stages of their PhD will be considered. Applicants must have outstanding track records for this stage of their career  and a good story to tell. The awardees receive a speaking slot in the Young Investigator Session, which has traditionally been a very high standard and popular session as well as a $500 prize. In addition to submitting an abstract, applicants must provide a one page CV summary of their track record in pdf format. All one page CV summaries need to be emailed to Bostjan Kobe ( with cc to Annalee Gielb (> by the abstract due date.

About Robin F Anders


Robin Anders graduated in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in 1961 and subsequently completed his PhD in the Russell Grimwade School of Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne. From 1966 to 1974 Robin lectured in biochemistry at the Papua New Guinea Medical School in Port Moresby. While in PNG Robin developed research interests in tropical diseases, with a particular interest in the chemical nature of the amyloid that is sometimes associated with infectious diseases such as leprosy and tuberculosis. After two years working on amyloid in Oslo, Norway, Robin returned to Melbourne and in 1978 joined the newly established immunoparasitology group at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Robin and David  Kemp led the group that in 1983 detected the expression of recombinant malaria antigens for the first time. Robin worked closely with industry partners preparing antigens for malaria vaccine trials but has also published extensively on the structural characteristics of malaria antigens, many of which had novel structures containing extensive tandem repeat sequences. Since 2000 Robin has been based at La Trobe University where he is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics. Robin is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences where he continues his long-term collaboration with Professor Ray Norton, with a current focus on immune recognition of an intrinsically disordered parasite surface protein.

Robin has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, the Medical Research Council in Britain and the National Institutes of Health in the USA. When Syd Leach retired in 1985 Robin took over as Chairman of the organizing committee of the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function, a position he filled until he stepped down in 2000. During this 15-year period the Lorne Conference grew to be one of the world’s major conferences on protein science, with each conference featuring many leading international figures in the field. Robin has attended every Lorne Conference except the first and has contribute oral and poster presentations on numerous occasions, commencing with a talk on amyloid at the 1977 conference. In 2003 Robin was the conference’s Leach Lecturer and recipient of the Leach Medal. 

2018 Award Winners

Jason Brouwer Walker and Eliza Institute for Medical Research Robin Ander's Award 2018
Eric Fisher Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard Medical School Robin Ander's Award 2018
Joel Haywood The University of Western Australia Robin Ander's Award 2018
Sweta Iyer Walker and Eliza Institute for Medical Research Robin Ander's Award 2018
Christine Oellig Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Robin Ander's Award 2018