It was with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf.
Professor Metcalf was a highly respected researcher whose discovery of, and work on, colony stimulating factors (CSFs) have saved millions of lives worldwide.
His breakthrough work on CSFs began in the 1960s. Since CSFs were approved for clinical application in the early 1990s, they have been widely used to boost the immune system of patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Professor Metcalf was devoted to his work and to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where he spent 60 years researching and mentoring researchers.
The National Health and Medical Research Council is proud to have supported his work, through block funding for WEHI until 2000, and from 2002, across six grants totalling more than $49 million on which he was named as a Chief Investigator.
The research community has lost a towering figure and an immensely committed warrior against cancer.
Our condolences are with his friends, colleagues and family.
Professor Warwick Anderson AM
Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC