Leading fertility researcher receives NHMRC Ethics Award

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30 October 2013
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A leader in the field of fertility has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2012 Ethics Award.

NHMRC has recognised Prince Henry's Institute Professor Jock Findlay for his significant contribution to high ethical standards health and medical research at a national level. His work with the NHMRC led the development of the ethical guidance of the use of human embryos in medical research.

“Professor Findlay has been a leader in the development of Australian ethical standards, most notably as the inaugural Chair of the NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee. He established high quality protocols and procedures that resulted in public confidence in this contested area of research,” Professor Anderson said.

Professor Findlay has served NHMRC in multiple ways:

  • Chair of Embryo Research Licensing Committee 2003-2012
  • Chair of Grant Review Panel 2011
  • Member of Council 2003-2009
  • Member of Management Committee 2003-2006
  • Member of Research Council 2002-2003
  • Member of Committee of Australian Governments Steering Committee on Research on Excess ART Embryos 2002-2003
  • Member of Training Awards Committee - Triennium 1994-1996
  • Member of Regional Grants Interviewing Committee 1981, 1988-89.

Professor Findlay also chaired the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria from 2001-2009 and is well recognized for his visionary leadership in the wider professional community, including 20 years of work with the World Health Organisation. 

Currently, Professor Findlay heads the Ovarian Biology Laboratory at Prince Henry's Institute and is Director of Research at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne. He is also an Honorary Professor at both Monash University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Professor Findlay has been previously recognised Officer of the Order of Australia for services to medicine in the field of reproductive endocrinology as a researcher, through contributions to the regulation and promotion of assisted reproductive technology and treatment, and to the development of national and international health programs. He has also received the UK Society for Reproduction and Fertility’s Distinguished Scientist Award, and the UK Society for Endocrinology’s Asia and Oceania Medal and the Dale medal.

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