Prof John Shine AC AO FAA
12 June 2017
Prof Shine’s award recognises his eminent service to medical research, particularly in the area of biopharmaceuticals and molecular biology, to higher education as an academic, to professional medical organisations, and as a supporter of the advancement of innovation in science.
Prof Shine was Executive Director of Garvan for more than 20 years (from 1990 to 2011). He now heads the Neuronal Stem Cells laboratory within Garvan’s Neuroscience Division and since 2011 has been Chairman of CSL Ltd.
Of receiving his award, Prof Shine says, "I am very proud to be honoured in this way, which acknowledges the excellence of medical research at the Garvan. I am also very pleased in that it reflects the importance placed on medical research by the community. The well being and prosperity of any society is directly related to its good health -- and medical research is critical to delivering quality health care."
Prof John Mattick, who succeeded Prof Shine as Executive Director of Garvan, says, “John is one of the greats of Australian biomedical science, who led Garvan to its prominence as one of the leading medical research institutes in Australia.”
In the course of Prof Shine’s stellar scientific career, he has made numerous key advances in the field of DNA cloning and gene expression. Among other achievements, He was a central figure in the cloning of the insulin and growth hormone genes; was the first to clone a human hormone gene; was responsible for cloning of an endorphin gene and was the first to demonstrate that hormone genes cloned in bacteria could be expressed in a biologically active form. He also determined the first sequence responsible for replication of a cancer-causing virus.
Prof Shine 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 became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1994 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1996. 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 NHMRC as one of the all-time high achievers in Australian health and medical research. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health of Medical Sciences.