Patrons

Please see below for detailed biographies and photos of the ICI 2016 Patrons:

Cory_resize Professor Suzanne Cory is one of Australia’s most distinguished molecular biologists.  She was born in Melbourne, Australia and graduated in biochemistry from The University of Melbourne.  She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, England and then continued studies at the University of Geneva before returning to Melbourne in 1971, to a research position at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.  From 1996 to 2009 she was Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Professor of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne. Her research has had a major impact in the fields of immunology and cancer and her scientific achievements have attracted numerous honours and awards.  In 2010 she was elected President of the Australian Academy of Science.Testimonial
Doherty_resize Professor Peter Doherty trained as a veterinarian, spent a decade researching infectious diseases of domestic animals and has, for the past 40+ years been involved in basic biomedical research. He and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for a discovery made at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the ideas they developed (from 1973-5) concerning the nature of cell-mediated immunity and transplantation. Named Australian of the Year in 1997, he became committed to the public communication of science and has, while continuing his involvement with talented young researchers, written four “trade” books: “The beginner’s guide to winning the Nobel Prize” (2005), “A light history of hot air”(2007), “Sentinel chickens: what birds tell us about our health and the world” (2012), and “Pandemics: what everyone needs to know” (2013).  His next book will be on science in the public space. Testimonial
Frazer_resize Professor Ian Frazer was trained as a renal physician and clinical immunologist in Edinburgh Scotland. In 1991, along with Chinese colleague, Dr Jian Zhou, he developed in Brisbane the virus-like particle technology which has become the basis of vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. Dr Frazer has recently been appointed as CEO and Director of Research of the newly created Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. He pursues research on skin cancer and on immunotherapy for cancer. Testimonial
Miller_resize Professor Jacques Miller, Professor Emeritus at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, is the only living person to have discovered the function of a major organ, the thymus (1961). This was followed by his identification of the major subset of lymphocytes, T and B cells (1967-1968). For this work, he was awarded numerous prizes including the 1992 Croonian Lecture of the Royal Society (London), and the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the Society’s highest award for outstanding achievement in any branch of Science, previous Copley medallists including Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Testimonial
Nossal_resize Sir Gustav Nossal was the Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute from 1965 to 1996, where he made the seminal discoveries that confirmed the clonal selection theory formulated by his predecessor, Sir MacFarlane Burnet. Gus Nossal is currently Professor Emeritus of The University of Melbourne; a consultant for the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and a Principal of Foursight Associates Pty Ltd.  He was formerly Chairman of The Global Foundation Advisory Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (1998 to 2000).  He was knighted in 1977, made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989 and appointed Australian of the Year 2000.Testimonial