Friday, 7 October 2016

Eminent SPHPM Professors inducted as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor John McNeil and Professor Susan Davis were both inducted as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) at the organisation’s second annual scientific meeting yesterday in Brisbane. The Academy inducted 50 fellows who represent all aspects of health and medical sciences research and practice.

AAHMS is an independent organisation that was established to provide an impartial and informed voice, drawn from the best available evidence and expert advice. It also fosters the development of future generations of health and medical researchers. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Bench to bed and back again’ which reflects the importance and value of linking a wide range of disciplines when it comes to optimum health and medical research in Australia.

“I am delighted on behalf of the Academy council to welcome the new Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences…their election as Fellows of the Academy will help to ensure that the Academy can promote use of the best in research-informed health care for all Australians,” said Professor Ian Frazer, AAHMS President.

Professor McNeil has been the Head of SPHPM for 30 years and last year was honoured for his career contribution to Monash University by being appointed as a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor. He is Co-principal Investigator of the $50 million NIH-funded ASPREE trial (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) and has made significant contributions to the field of public health throughout his impressive career.

Professor Davis is Chair of Women’s Health at SPHPM and was the recipient of the Laureate Award last year by the Endocrine Society. Her pioneering research has been credited with advancing the understanding of the role of androgens and estrogens in women’s health, encompassing breast cancer, cardiovascular function, obesity, cognitive function, mood, sexual function and musculoskeletal health. She is a President-Elect of the International Menopause Society and has published over 330 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

These highly deserved achievements indicate the calibre of SPHPM researchers and the research taking place at SPHPM, positioning the School at the forefront of public health research. Congratulations Professors McNeil and Davis from all of us at SPHPM.

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