Professor Melissa Little from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and member of Stem Cells Australia was inducted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) during its inaugural Scientific Meeting held in October at the Australian National University.
Academy Fellows from around the country assembled to hear the latest on the application of research in genomics to the practice of health care and personalised medicine. Leading speakers included; Professor Ian Alexander, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney; Professor Nadia Rosenthal, Monash University, Melbourne; Professor John Rasko, The University of Sydney; and Professor Fiona Karet, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cambridge, UK.
Melissa was one of the 77 new Fellows announced, adding to the existing Fellowship of 131. New Fellows were drawn from all states and territories of Australia, and from all aspects of health and medical science across clinical practice and allied health care, with representation from basic translational and clinical research, health education, public health and industry.
Professor Ian Frazer, President of the Academy, said, “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 reflects the international standing of their contribution to health and medical science through research, though leadership, and through service. Their future contribution to the field will contribute to ensuring that users of the healthcare system in Australia are offered the best quality of care using the latest in advances in health research.”
The Academy recognises the opportunities that exist through health and medical research to achieve for Australia a world-leading, efficient and effective health care system. The Academy promotes the continued development of quality health care through research leadership, mentorship of future researchers, and provision of expert opinion to the public and government.
For more information about the AAHMS visit www.aahms.org