MIPS researcher elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS)

19 October 2017

Professor Arthur Christopoulos has been named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and medical Sciences (AAHMS).

The AAHMS was established in 2013 to provide mentoring to medical researchers, and impartial and authoritative voice for healthcare and a forum to discuss medical research and its translation into practice. Professor Christopoulos is one of 49 new Fellows inducted during the Academy's third Annual Scientific Meeting.

"Health and medical research undertaken by the new Fellows of the Academy, and enabled by government and philanthropic funding, will help ensure quality and equitable health care as we enter the age of precision medicine," Professor Ian Frazer, President of the Academy, said.

Professor Christopoulus was elected for his research the on discovery and dissemination of the concept of allosteric sites on receptor proteins as a novel avenue for drug discovery.

He has demonstrated how this approach can be used to identify, validate, quantify and facilitate preclinical translation of small molecules with an allosteric mode of action for all classes of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), the largest family of drug targets.

His research is highly cited (top 1% in the discipline worldwide), has made it into the textbooks, been acknowledged via the highest honours from the Australian, USA, UK and world (IUPHAR) Pharmacological Societies, and transformed the way GPCR allosteric drug modulators are discovered.