15 Mar 2019

Trailblazing scientist gains state honour

The Central Clinical School’s Professor Robyn O'Hehir AO FAHMS has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2019.

Professor O’Hehir, who heads Respiratory Medicine, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Research) at Monash University and The Alfred hospital was recognised as a ‘trailblazer’ in the prestigious awards.

The Honour Roll acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of outstanding Victorian women from all walks of life who have demonstrated inspirational leadership and excellence in their field.

A leading international figure in allergy and asthma research and clinical care, Prof. O’Hehir has developed pioneering treatments for life-threatening allergies and innovative techniques for studying how allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are triggered.

Following the 2016 ‘thunderstorm asthma’ crisis her research team discovered that a tablet used for hay fever could provide long-term protection. A significant breakthrough by the team resulted in the first clinical trials of a peptide-based therapy to prevent allergic reactions to peanuts.

Prof. O’Hehir, a clinician who worked and researched in the field for more than 30 years, has received many honours for outstanding contributions to respiratory medicine. She was among 20 women who were honoured this year by the State at a ceremony on 8 March.


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