Wednesday 8th February 2017 12:30 pm - 02:00 pm
Speaker: Prof Andrew Sinclair
Topic: Child Health in the Era of Genomic Medicine
Bio – Prof Andrew Sinclair, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Royal Children’s Hospital
Professor Andrew Sinclair
Professor Andrew Sinclair is Deputy Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Executive Director of the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. In this capacity he is implementing genomic information to improve healthcare for children and their families. He is also a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.
At a national level Professor Sinclair co-leads the Australian Genomic Health Alliance (awarded $25 million from NHMRC) that aims to integrate genomics into the Australian Health care system. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance.
In addition, he leads an NHMRC research Program focusing on disorders of sex development; genomics and diagnosis to inform clinical care. His contributions have been fundamental to the advancement of the field, including the identification and characterization of the human testis determining gene (SRY) and other genes critical for gonad development. He has also implemented new, accurate, rapid and comprehensive diagnostic procedures to improve outcomes for patients with DSD.
Professor Sinclair has an extensive publication record, including seven Nature papers, with one listed as an ISI citation classic. Altogether his publications have been cited over 6,800 times. While President of the Australian Society for Medical Research in 2004 he led national advocacy efforts seeking increased Federal Government funding for health and medical research. He is an editorial board member of several international journals. Professor Sinclair has received numerous national and international awards including the Outstanding Research from the Royal Society UK, the 2009 Sutherland Award for contributions to Human Genetics, and the 2010 Emil Steinberger Memorial Award from the American Society of Andrology. In 2005 he was appointed to the Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council and has chaired the NHMRC Grant Review Panel for Genetics 2007-2008. He was appointed to the NHMRC Assigners Academy for 2011-2013 and the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee 2009-2015.