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.