Academy elects 37 of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers as Fellows

We elected 37 new Fellows in 2018 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the health and medical research landscape in Australia. The election brings the Academy’s total Fellowship to 357.

The Academy has elected 37 new Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the health and medical research landscape in Australia. The election brings the Academy’s total Fellowship to 357.

They have had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians and the world – representing a diverse range of fields from immunology and genomics, to biomechanics and biostatistics, through to physiotherapy, mental health, and Indigenous health.

The Academy’s President, Professor Ian Frazer AC, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome these 37 outstanding researchers to the Academy’s Fellowship. Their diverse talents and expertise reflect the incredible breadth and depth of Australia’s world class health and medical research.

‘We work with our Fellows to strengthen the health and medical research landscape in Australia. It is thanks to their expertise that we can play a valuable role in ensuring that Australia continues to address some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.’

The elected Fellows come from seven of Australia’s States and Territories, and 12 of the 37 are women.

They include:

  • Professor Jo Salmon, who has spent 20 years studying how time spent sitting down affects health, and developing interventions to reduce sitting time in young people. Her research has been adopted by government health and education departments for implementation in schools nationally and internationally.
  • Professor Anne Kelso, an immunologist who has many years of distinguished service to the health and medical research community, most recently as CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • Professor Anthony Rodgers, who developed the first m-Health smoking cessation program, now part of the WHO/ITU initiative ‘Be healthy, be mobile’, and led development and testing of affordable cardiovascular combination pills (‘polypills’).
  • Professor David Durrheim, who is a leading public health advocate, who has worked to improve immunisation services, and the methods we use to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in Australia and globally. He is expert adviser to the WHO in the African and Pacific Regions.

The full list of Fellows:

Professor Ian Anderson AO FAHMS, Deputy Secretary, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
Professor Amanda Baker FAHMS, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, University of Newcastle
Professor Gabrielle Belz FAHMS, Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Professor Kim Bennell FAHMS, Professor and Director, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne
Professor Lynne Bilston FAHMS, Conjoint Professor, Neuroscience Research Australia
Professor John Carlin FAHMS, Group Leader, Data Science and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Professor David Celermajer FAA FAHMS, Scandrett Professor of Cardiology, University of Sydney
Professor Enrico Coiera FAHMS, Professor, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health, Macquarie University
Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti FAHMS, Head of Division, Immunology and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
Professor David Durrheim FAHMS, Director, Health Protection, Hunter New England
Professor Christopher Fairley FAHMS, Director, Melbourne Sexual Health Care, Alfred Health
Professor Sean Grimmond FAHMS, Director, Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne
Professor Margaret Hellard FAHMS, Head, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute
Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm FAHMS, Deputy Head, Diabetes Department, Monash University
Professor Cheryl Jones FAHMS, Head, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Professor Louisa Jorm FAHMS, Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales
Professor Jonathan Kalman FAHMS, Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Professor Shitij Kapur FAHMS, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kelso AO FAA FAHMS, Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council
Professor Stephen Kent FAHMS, Laboratory Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Professor Martin Francis Lavin FAHMS, Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
Professor Stephen Leeder AO FAHMS, Director, Research and Education Network, Western Sydney Local Health District
Professor Richard Lock FAHMS, Head, Leukaemia Biology Group, Children’s Cancer Institute
Professor James McCarthy FAHMS, Senior Scientist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Dr John McHutchison FAHMS, Executive Vice President, Clinical Research, Gilead Sciences Inc, California
Professor John Miners FAA FAHMS, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University
Professor Donald Nutbeam FAHMS, Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney
Professor Philip John O’Connell FAHMS, Director of Transplantation, Renal Unit, Westmead Hospital
Professor Marc Pellegrini FAHMS, Division Head, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Professor Kelly‐Anne Phillips FAHMS, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Professor Christopher Proud FAHMS, Theme Leader, Nutrition & Metabolism, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Professor Bruce Robinson FAHMS, Professor of Medicine, University of Western Australia
Professor Anthony Rodgers FAHMS, Professor of Global Health, The George Institute
Professor Jo Salmon FAHMS, Co-Director, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
Professor Prashanthan Sanders FAHMS, Director, Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide
Professor David Thorburn FAHMS, Genetics Theme Director, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Professor Peter Wormald FAHMS, Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Adelaide

The new Fellows were formally admitted to the Academy at our 2018 Annual Meeting

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