UQ medical stars light up new Academy

Researchers from the University of Queensland feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, launched last week in Canberra.

UQ’s Professor Ian Frazer is president, and UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward  is an executive member. Nine UQ researchers joined them as new fellows.

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The academy brought together the nation’s leading minds in health and medicine, Professor Frazer said.

It would provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and research in Australia.

Professor Frazer said Australian health and medical science was among the best in the world.

“The Academy will assist in mentoring the next generation of researchers to ensure we remain at the forefront of evidence-based medical practice.

“Academy fellows have mapped the genetic basis of epilepsy, provided a treatment that has the potential to stop rheumatoid arthritis in its tracks, developed a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, made significant advances in the management of obesity in children, and ensured better outcomes for patients in intensive care units.

“The Academy looks forward to working with the other Australian learned academies, government and industry to guide the optimal development of our health care system for future generations.”

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley said the academy’s establishment would build on Australia’s world-leading medical research sector.

“The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences will draw on a significant breadth of knowledge to provide government with advice on health priorities where medical research can and should make a difference,” Ms Ley said.

“Australia’s research sector continues to produce the knowledge, techniques and products that save lives and improve quality of life both today and for years to come.”

Ms Ley said the academy aimed to mentor the next generation of health and medical science researchers and provide a forum for discussion on medical research progress, with an emphasis on translation of research into practice.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ MD is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.
Program: Doctor of Medicine

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.


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