Dr Vasso Apostolopoulos has inspired us, after developing the world’s first breast cancer and ovarian cancer vaccine, currently in the commercialisation stage.

If that’s not impressive enough, she has also been instrumental in developing a vaccine against Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

With over 20 years’ experience in vaccine development and immunology research, Vasso has given over 180 presentations, has 280 publications to her name and is co-inventor on 15 patents.

She was a recipient of the National Health and Medical Research Council CJ Martin Overseas Biomedical Fellowship, the National Health and Medical Research Council RD Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship and the inaugural Sir Zelman Cowen Cancer Research Fellowship for young researchers.

Dr Vasso Apostolopoulos has received more than 100 honours and awards, most notably:

  • Inductee into the Victorian Honour roll of Women - 2004
  • Woman of the Year - 2004
  • Greek Australian of the Year – 2010

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