Career Recognition Awards

Career Recognition Award – Nominations Open for 2019

What is the award? The Australasian Cytometry Society Career Recognition Award is the highest recognition given by the society and carries with it all the rights and privileges of a Life Member with the exemption of payment of annual membership subscriptions.

Who to nominate? Nominees who have made a substantial contribution to the goals of the society through promoting research, development or applications and disseminating knowledge of cytometry in Australia and New Zealand. The nominee must have been a member of the ACS for 15 or more years. The ACS Executive may make this award to a person who, in its opinion has rendered distinguished service to the field of cytometry and/or the ACS.

When to nominate? The closing date for nominations is July 31st. You should receive a confirmation that your nomination is under consideration a week after nominations close, and successful awards will to be announced at the ACS Annual Conference. No more than 4 awards may be conferred in any one year, 2 from clinical and 2 from research/industry fields.

How to nominate? To be considered for this award the following information must be provided: A nomination signed by one proposer, one seconder and five other signatories each of whom must be a Member of the ACS; a curriculum vitae summary and photograph suitable for publication on the ACS website; a statement summarising the nominee’s major contributions to the discipline and/or practice of cytometry, with information attesting to the high standards of conduct of the candidate; a bibliography of publications, contributions, service to their relevant discipline.

Nomination forms are provided on the ACS website by clicking here.

Email nominations to the ACS Secretary at:

Past Recipients

Heddy Zola, Awarded 2019


  • Flinders University School of Medicine,  Department of Clinical Immunology at Flinders Medical Centre,  Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute and Director of Research Director at SA Pathology
  • Set up the first hybridoma lab and the first Cell Sorter Lab in SA
  • Antibodies for Human Leukocyte Differentiation Antigens (HLDA) Workshops and helped establish CD9, CD14, CD15 and CD19.
  • Chair of the international HLDA organisation from 2001 to 2007
  • 240 peer-reviewed papers; contributed to key references
  • Founding member of AFCG; hosted second Meeting 1979/80
  • Chaired 27th AFCG, combined with HLDA and ASI 2004

Grace Chojnowski, Awarded 2018

  • Alfred Hospital, Peter MacCallum CC, QIMR
  • Member of the AFCG/ACS for 30 years
  • First served on an organising committee in 1989
  • First in Australia to set up at CD4 counting for HIV.
  • Organised conferences & workshops
  • Written guidelines, mentored, sat on national and international committees.
  • Worked extensively for the flow cytometry community in Australia and abroad
  • Supported Flow Cytometry communities in Africa, Asia and New Guinea.

Mary Sartor, Awarded 2018

  • Westmead Hospital, NSW
  • Reference Laboratory for international clinical trials
  • Utility of Flow Cytometry Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (CD34 & MRD)
  • ACS/AFCG member since 1993; Secretary 2006
  • Presenter, program & workshops organiser
  • Clinical Guidelines
  • Oncology QAP convenor 17 years

Geoff Osborne, Awarded 2018

  • ANU, Queensland Brain Institute
  • High end assay development, including sorting brain tumour cells
  • Developed in-house instrumentation and software
  • AFCG/ACS member since 1989
  • Active contributor in Australasian Society: Council, Committees, Workshops
  • International Cytometry Workshops (9 y)

Don Lear

  • Queensland Repatriation Hospital; Sullivan & Nicolaides Pathology, Qld
  • AFCG/ACS member for a long time
  • Council Treasurer & Secretary; Clinical Guidelines, Conference & Workshop Committees