Congratulations to our new AAHMS Fellows

This week, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) has elected five Fellows from Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, in recognition of their distinguished achievements and contributions to health and medical science.

Congratulations to the following Monash researchers on this outstanding recognition:

  • Professor John Bertram (Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute)

Professor Bertram is recognised globally for his insights into kidney developmental biology, developmental origins of kidney and cardiovascular health and disease, stereology and imaging. He has been invited to speak at more than 50 international and national conferences, has more than 280 publications to date and receives frequent invitations to contribute review articles and book chapters on kidney development and disease. His research findings have contributed significantly to recent international efforts to optimise maternal nutrition and health during pregnancy.

  • Professor Gail Risbridger (Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute)

Professor Risbridger is an international leader in prostate cancer and men’s health, whose work with patient-derived xenografted specimens bridges the gap between basic science and clinical trial. This world-class program leads or is incorporated in global alliances including the US Army Defence of Defense partnership and Movember Global Action Plan. She serves on multiple governance bodies including Cancer Council Victoria and was a leader in the development of the first National Men’s Health policy.

  • Professor Flavia Cicuttini (School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine)

Professor Cicuttini is Head of Rheumatology at the Alfred Hospital, and a clinical epidemiologist in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She has a long history of research in musculoskeletal health. A major focus of her work has been improving the assessment of the health of joints using new methods, such as magnetic resonance imaging. This has enabled a greater understanding of the mechanisms of early joint disease, and opened new approaches to preventing and treating musculoskeletal disease.

  • Professor Jennifer Hoy (Central Clinical School)

Professor Hoy has made significant contributions to the HIV research effort nationally and internationally. She has been Principal Investigator (PI) for over 200 clinical studies at the Alfred Hospital (Fairfeld Hospital) and has collaborated widely on investigator-initiated pathogenesis studies. Her main research interest is in the evaluation of the causes of co-morbidity and mortality in people living with HIV infection and the effect of Antiretroviral Therapy.

  • Professor Richard Kitching (Clinical Sciences at Monash Health)

Professor Richard Kitching has achieved international recognition for his contributions to our understanding of kidney disease and autoimmunity. He is a practicing nephrologist, with public hospital appointments in adult nephrology (focused on immune kidney disease) and paediatric nephrology.