Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Congratulations to Professor Patrick Tam

We are delighted to announce a 2nd CMRI professor has been accepted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. 

On Tuesday 6th October at the inaugural Annual General Meeting and Scientific Meeting of the Academy, held in Canberra,  Professor Patrick Tam was formally admitted in to the Academy. 

‘Established to provide an impartial and authoritative voice for healthcare, informed by the best available evidence and expert advice from the best and brightest in health and medical research. The Academy will also focus on the development of future generation of health and medical researchers.’ – (aahms website)

Following in the footsteps of CMRI researcher Ian Alexander (Head of Gene Therapy), who was admitted earlier in the year, Patrick Tam will sit alongside a number of internationally renowned scientists; 

Academy fellows have mapped the genetic basis of epilepsy, provided a treatment that has the potential to stop rheumatoid arthritis in its tracks, developed a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, made significant advances in the management of obesity in children, and ensured better outcomes for patients in intensive care units.” – Professor Ian Frazer, Academy President.

Not only is this recognition of Professor Tam’s knowledge, experience and pioneering research in the field of embryology but an acknowledgement and opportunity for Professor Tam to impart his expertise and provide mentorship to the next generation of health and medical researchers as well as also forming part of the election committee seeking future Academy members.

Speaking at the event, Professor Ian Frazer, Academy President, said:
I am delighted on behalf of the Academy council to welcome the new Fellows to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences this evening. Their election as Fellows reflects the international standing of their contribution to health and medical science through research, through leadership, and through service. Their future contribution to the field will contribute to ensuring that users of the healthcare system in Australia are offered the best quality of care using the latest in advances in health research."
Again, the whole of CMRI would like to send our congratulations to Patrick for his scientific achievements and for once again internationally highlighting the quality of  Australian research.