Monash BDI researchers among Order of Australia recipients
Three Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) scientists, Emeritus Professor Warwick Anderson, Professor Gail Risbridger and Emeritus Professor Paul McMenamin, have been awarded an Order of Australia on 26 January 2023, recognising their outstanding service and contributions to medical research and education.
Emeritus Professor Anderson was awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to health and medical research organisations, and to professional associations. Now with Monash BDI, and a member of the institute’s International Scientific Advisory Board, Emeritus Professor Anderson has previously held positions as the Head of the Department of Physiology and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University. He was CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2006 until 2015, Secretary General of the International Frontier Science Program Organisation until 2021 and was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2005.
Professor Risbridger, Co-Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Group at Monash BDI was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to medical research, administration and education. Professor Risbridger is one of Australia’s leading prostate cancer scientists with her research programs advancing understanding of prostate biology in health and disease, for the benefit of patients and their families. Professor Risbridger also leads the Prostate Cancer Research Program (Immunology) at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and has more than 290 publications in leading journals.
Emeritus Professor McMenamin, Head of the Ocular Immunology Group at Monash BDI was also awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to tertiary medical education. Emeritus Professor McMenamin is recognised globally for his innovative and novel approaches to anatomy education and nationally for his significant contributions in enhancing the teaching and research in the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash BDI, as well as leading a number of philanthropic initiatives such as donations of 3D printed replicas of human anatomy to low middle income countries in Africa and the Pacific, who have little access to teaching resources.
Monash BDI’s Director, Professor John Carroll congratulated the three recipients on their award.
“Warwick, Gail and Paul have made outstanding contributions to research and education as leaders in their respective fields at Monash. Their dedication, tireless work and impact is truly inspiring,” said Professor Carroll.
Read the list of Monash recipients from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, or read the full Australian Honours Lists for 2023.
About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Spanning seven discovery programs across Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Development and Stem Cells, Infection, Immunity, Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity, and Neuroscience, Monash BDI is one of the largest biomedical research institutes in Australia. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.