Antimicrobials 2016

Howard Florey Oration

The Howard Florey Oration will be delivered each year during the Society’s annual scientific meeting and will be presented by a Scientist who has made a significant contribution to a greater understanding of antimicrobials and their appropriate use.

The Australian Society for Antimicrobials would like to thank The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, for allowing the Society to use the Howard Florey name for what we believe will become one of the prestigious scientific presentations on the Australian scientific meeting calendar.

The 2016 Howard Florey Oration will be presented by:

Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert
Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research

Professor Lyn Gilbert trained in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology in Melbourne and was Director of laboratory services at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (CIDM), Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR), at Westmead, NSW, from 1991-2010. As a member of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA 1991-2009), she established the national Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) in 1997 and served as its first chair. She completed a Master of Bioethics degree. 

Since 2009, she has been Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control for the Western Sydney Local Health District. She has served on many State and National Expert committees and advisory panels on communicable diseases of public health importance, including vaccine preventable and healthcare-associated infections and tuberculosis.

Lyn’s expertise and research interests include: molecular epidemiology and strain typing of bacteria of public health importance (particularly methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and S. agalactiae); hospital epidemiology and infection prevention control; antibiotic use and resistance. Her major research interests include infections in pregnancy and the newborn; vaccine preventable diseases; epidemiology, control and ethics of healthcare associated infections. 

Her publications include over 300 papers in referred journals, numerous reviews and book chapters (including chapters in six books of which she was editor) and a single-author textbook on “Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy and the Newborn Infant” (Harwood Academic), 1991.