Professor Alistair Forrest wins Eureka Prize

The 2016 Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration was awarded to Professor Alistair Forrest and his team at a gala dinner in Sydney in recognition of the FANTOM5 project.

The project, which started in RIKEN Japan, involves researchers systematically examining the sets of genes used in most cell types of the human body.

Professor Forrest, who returned from Japan to head the Systems Biology and Genomics Laboratory at the Perkins, said the work being undertaken through FANTOM5 had extensive implications for medicine.

FANTOM5 is a major international collaborative project, involving more than 260 medical researchers and computational biologists from over 20 countries.