Shortlisted nominees for the prestigious Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research have been announced for the 2018 awards.

Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research branding image.Now in their 24th year, the awards recognise the exceptional and contributions made by Victoria's best and brightest early career health and medical researchers in their PhD studies.

These awards reaffirm Victoria's reputation as a world leader in health and medical research.

This year the awards will be presented over an expanded four categories to recognise the breadth of research across a range of health and medical research areas. A total of 17 finalists have been shortlisted for these award categories:

  • Basic Science Researcher Award
  • Clinical Researcher Award
  • Health Services Researcher Award
  • Public Health Researcher Award

Category award recipients will each receive $5,000 and the Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research Excellence recipient will receive $15,000.

Last year's winner Emma Nolan, who took home the coveted award for her ground-breaking breast cancer prevention research, has since taken up postdoctoral research at the Francis Crick Institute, UK, where she is investigating the treatment of metastatic cancers.

Her award-winning research discovered existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene. Watch a video of Emma discussing her research.

The Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research was launched in 1995 and is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

Find out more at health.vic's Premier's Awards section.