12 October 2015
Professor John Shine AO FAA has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), in recognition of his substantial contribution to academic medicine in Australia.
The newly established AAHMS has a mission to promote health and medical research and its translation to a healthier Australia. Prof Shine, with 12 others, was named as Honorary Fellow at the Academy’s inaugural scientific meeting in Canberra on October 6. In addition, 77 new Fellows were inducted.
Prof Shine was Executive Director of Garvan for over 20 years (from 1990 to 2011) and now heads the Neuronal Stem Cells laboratory. In the course of his scientific career, he has made numerous key advances in the field of DNA cloning and gene expression. He has also held many influential scientific advisory roles including Chairman of the Australian Genome Research Facility (2001-2003); Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) from 2003 to 2006 and Vice President (Biological Sciences) Australian Academy of Science from 2002 to 2007.
Prof Shine won the 2010 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, the nation’s most highly respected award for scientific achievement. In 2014, he was recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as one of the all-time high achievers in Australian health and medical research.
Two Garvan researchers are already Fellows of AAHMS. Professor John Mattick AO FAA FRCPA and Professor John Eisman AO were inducted in April 2015.