MCRI's Professor John Christodoulou and Professor Andrew Davidson have been made fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).
New Fellows were welcomed from around Australia, representing many disciplines within the health and medical sciences, including basic and clinical science, public health and health services, physicians, surgeons and allied health practitioners. They were inducted at the Academy's third Annual Scientific Meeting, held at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide.
Professor Christodoulou has worked for more than 25 years as a clinical geneticist in the management of children with inborn errors of metabolism. He has a longstanding interest in Rett syndrome (RTT), with a potential new therapy and the discovery the second gene associated with RTT as notable achievements.
More recently, using next generation sequencing (NGS), he identified a number of new disease genes which directly led to specific therapies.
As an executive team member of the Australian Genomics Health Alliance, he will oversee the generation of evidence to convince policymakers that NGS should be equitably introduced nationally into mainstream medical practice
Professor Davidson is a world leader in paediatric anaesthesia. He has led some of the most influential research in this field, with a significant impact on clinical care, and has established a global network of researchers.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Pediatric Anesthesia and will shortly take up a positon as an Editor for Anesthesiology – the world's leading journal in the field, and will be the first Australian on the Editorial Board. His academic leadership extends beyond anaesthesia. He is the Medical Director of the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre and also chairs the Paediatric Trials Network for Australia.
A massive congratulations to both for this incredible honour.