Emeritus Professor Pamela Russell AM FAHMS was a highly creative scientist whose contributions to oncology research gained international recognition and changed the lives of many. Elected to the Academy in 2015, it is with great sadness that we share news of her passing.

Professor Russell directed the Oncology Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney for 17 years. She published more than 200 papers, obtained seven patents, procured $35m in grants and mentored postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows.

She won numerous prestigious awards, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for outstanding contributions to cancer research.

Professor Russell was a valued member of the Queensland medical research community, joining the Translation Research Institute (TRI) facility in 2012, with her most recent role focused on the collaboration of multidisciplinary research teams, clinicians, and commercial partners, both locally and internationally.

AAHMS inaugural President and TRI Foundation Board Chair Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS FAA FAHMS said Professor Russell would be missed.

“Pamela was one of the visionary thinkers who contributed to the design and the implementation of the TRI facility on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus in Brisbane,” he said.

“Her support was critical in enabling a cooperative model of research across the four institutions that came together in TRI.

“When I was faced with challenges, she was there with possible solutions, and always with a cheerful smile to go with the sensible advice.”

Her loss is felt by the entire medical community. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.