Fellowship

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences elects the best and brightest minds in the field of medical and health sciences as Fellows.

Fellows are elected in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the sector. The Fellowship are acknowledged for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

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Director, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
University of Sydney / Westmead Hospital
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor Sorrell was integral to establishing Infectious Diseases as a specialty of internal medicine in Australia.
She is recognised internationally for research in the lethal fungal disease,  cryptococcosis, development of new fungal diagnostics and education/training in clinical mycology/research. She has held NHMRC grants in since 1990s. She serves/served on NHMRC Research and Ethics Committees; project, fellowships, program and CRE grant panels. She has chaired expert committees for WHO and been on Commonwealth and NSW Advisory Committees in Infectious Diseases. For services to infectious diseases/research she was awarded an AM (2014) and life membership of the Australasian Society Infectious Diseases (2010).

Executive Director, Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development
The University of Queensland
Fellow
2015
QLD

Professor Maree Smith is recognised internationally in the field of drug discovery-translation, having made significant and sustained contributions to pain relief and new pharmaceutical development. Her discoveries have led to novel treatments for neuropathic and inflammatory pain that have entered the clinical trial stage, and are being commercialised through significant international investment from venture capital firms including Novo Ventures and Canaan Partners. Professor Smith is a highly-regarded speaker with a deep commitment to the development of the profession through active service to professional associations and training the next generation of scientists in the field.

ARC Future Fellow and Research Strategic Professor
Flinders University
Fellow
2015
SA

Justine Smith is an internationally recognised ophthalmologist and vision scientist. She is Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council and Research Strategic Professor at Flinders University. Justine is an expert on uveitis – inflammation inside the eye. She has played lead roles in laboratory research and clinical trials that have established the use of biologic drugs to reduce vision loss from uveitis. Justine has advocated strongly for medical research as President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which is the largest global society for eye and vision research, with an 80‐year history and 12,500 members in 75 countries.

Director
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Fellow
2015
NSW

Professor John Simes has a long, distinguished career in clinical trials research, playing a lead role in many major clinical trials impacting on future global clinical practice. As Director of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre he has co-led a team of researchers collaborating on over 100 multicentre trials and 70,000 patients. He is also Director of Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre; Medical Oncologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC. He has published over 300 papers with 33,000 career citations and received the Distinguished Harvard Alum Award (2009) and the Medical Oncology Group of Australia Cancer Achievement Award (2010).
His collaborative research has led to advances in treatment of coronary heart disease, many cancers and neonatal disorders with both improvements in survival and quality of life. He has also played a major leadership role in research policy through several government committees, the development of the ANZ Clinical Trials Registry and helping establish the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance.

Director
Bionics Institute
Fellow
2015
VIC

Robert Shepherd has demonstrated a sustained contribution and leadership in medical bionics over a 35 year period. He is highly regarded internationally for his research excellence in hearing, cochlear implants, retinal prostheses and medical bionics in general. He has made significant contributions to health science via his administrative roles as Director of the Bionics Institute and Head of the Medical Bionics Department, University of Melbourne.
Shepherd actively participates in public discussion of medical research via the media and public forums and is passionate about commercialising research outcomes and preparing the next generation for research leadership in bionics.

Co-Director, Division of Cancer Medicine
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Fellow
2015
VIC

Professor John Seymour is a clinical haematologist and Co-Director of the Division of Cancer Medicine, Peter MacCallum Centre. While maintaining ongoing direct care of patients with leukemia and lymphoma he has also consistently pursued a highly productive and internationally recognised program of clinical and translational research, both personally and has nurtured a broader program within his Department and nationally through his long-term leadership roles in the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG). His research has involved leading more than 100 major clinical trials and has led to authorship of more than 350 peer reviewed publications (which have been cited more than 12000 times).

Professor of Medicine Cardiologist; Head, Molecular Cardiology Program
The Centenary Institute
Fellow
2015
NSW

As a clinician scientist, understanding the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease has been the cornerstone of my research endeavours. Using an integrated translational approach in human families, murine models, and cell culture systems, my research has elucidated the genetic causes of cardiomyopathies and sudden death, identified key signalling pathways involved in development of disease, and provided a platform for this knowledge to be directly translated to cardiovascular medicine by improved diagnostic and risk stratification strategies. My research has led to the reduction of both mortality and morbidity amongst individuals and families with genetic heart disease.

Head, Department of Genetics and Molecular Pathology
Centre for Cancer Biology, SA Pathology
Fellow
2015
SA

Professor Scott’s national and international leadership in genetics and genomics is recognized through multidisciplinary collaboration, scientific advisory committees, editorial positions, peer review and conference participation. He has lead development of new technologies for improved patient treatment in the Centre for Cancer Biology of SA Pathology as head of the Department of Genetics and Molecular Pathology and Co-Director of the ACRF Cancer Genome Facility. He regularly talks about genetics and genomic research to diverse audiences such the Leaders Institute of South Australia (Governors Leadership Foundation). In 30 years he has mentored almost 60 post-docs and students.

 

Clinical Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
Prince of Wales Hospital
Fellow
2015
NSW

Perminder Sachdev is an internationally-recognised authority and leader in the field of neuropsychiatry. His research contributions to our understanding of drug-induced movement disorders, in particular akathisia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and the cerebrovascular basis of cognitive impairment and dementia, most especially vascular dementia and small vessel disease, have been groundbreaking. His most recent focus on identifying the risk and protective factors for dementia has been equally pioneering. Given his exceptional contributions across research, clinical practice, community engagement and advocacy, as well as his leading national and international profile, Perminder Sachdev is a most worthy candidate for election the AAHMS Fellowship.

Scientific Director
The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics
Fellow
2015
International

Nadia Rosenthal is an internationally recognised leader in molecular genetics, developmental biology and the role of growth factors, stem cells and immune responses in regenerative medicine. Her work has led to major discoveries in the past decade with significant therapeutic applications, and 200+ primary research articles and prominent reviews in high impact journals. She founded the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, and established EMBL Australia. She was awarded the Ferrari-Soave Prize, Doctors Honoris Causa from the Curie University, Paris and University of Amsterdam. She is an EMBO member, an Australia Fellow and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK.

Our Fellows sit at the heart of everything we do. They represent Australia’s leading minds in health and medical sciences, having been recognised for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

To be considered for election to the Academy’s Fellowship, a candidate must show exceptional professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine.

Fellows contribute to the projects and activities of the Academy and must be willing to be active participants. 

Successful Fellowship candidates will have shown:

  • Outstanding leadership in their field.
  • Significant and ongoing involvement with issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, research, and health services policy and delivery.

Candidates for Fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • National and International recognition for excellence in health and medical science
  • Significant, sustained and ongoing contributions to advance health and medical science in Australia (relative to opportunity)
  • Contribution to the profession through leadership and mentorship
  • Raised public understanding and promoting health and medical science in the broader community
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Download criteria for Fellowship

Each year, current Fellows of the Academy are invited to nominate up to four new candidates who meet the criteria and fulfil the required expectations.

Nominations by a Fellow of two new candidates must ensure that at least one nomination is a woman. Nominations by a Fellow of four new candidates must ensure that at least two nominations are women.

How to make a nomination

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for Fellowship should contact the Secretariat for application forms and further instructions on how to submit the completed nomination documentation. 

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for a Corresponding Fellowship should contact the Secretariat for more information.

Secretariat contact details
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 3102 7220

Nomination guidelines for ordinary Fellowship

October 2021
Newly elected Fellows of 2021 are inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

October 2021-November 2021
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2021
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2022
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2022
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-Mid-July 2022
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2022
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

Early August 2022
Newly elected Fellows are informed of their successful appointment.

October 2022
Newly elected Fellows of 2022 inducted at the AGM/Scientific Meeting.

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