The Queensland scientist who co-invented a medical wonder has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Professor Ian Frazer AC of the University of Queensland, with his former colleague Jian Zhou, invented the preventive vaccine for human papilloma virus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women.
Since then the vaccine has been distributed worldwide.
In a statement this morning, UQ announced that the researcher was one of three people nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control award from the International Cancer Control Union.
Talking with The Courier-Mail, Frazer said he was surprised and humiliated to be on the nominated list.
"It was a global effort to keep cervical cancer under control," he said.
"Obviously it is an unusual thing for a scientist to see something they have developed in the laboratory become something that is practically used and makes a real difference globally in terms of controlling the disease."
Frazer said his former colleague, Mr. Zhou, was instrumental in the development of the vaccine and would be the first to thank.
Frazer shares the appointment with the presidents of Uruguay, dr. Tabaré Vázquez and Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, who have both expanded health coverage in their home countries.
In addition to world leaders, Frazer will also share the stage with the royalty.
The Jordanian princess and UICC president Dina Mired said that the three nominees, drawn from a pool of 28 candidates, are examples of individuals making the global difference in the fight against cancer.
"It is impressive to see that the cancer community includes such dedicated and far-sighted people who are willing and able to take the fight against cancer to the next level," said Princess Dina.
"Our three selected candidates have distinguished themselves for true excellence in this field and their work has had a positive impact on millions of people around the world."
It is the first time that the UICC has held an awards ceremony since its foundation in 1933.
Frazer, who continues to work at the University of Queensland, said his current goal was to find cures for head and neck cancers using the immune system.
The award ceremony will be held in mid-October in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
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