Rare diseases

Arthritis researcher elected as AAS Fellow

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Prof John Hamilton

Professor John Hamilton, an arthritis scientist at the University of Melbourne, is one of 22 eminent researchers newly elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Hamilton joins more than 500 other Australians scientists who have been made Fellows of the AAS to acknowledge their “outstanding contributions to science”.

As head of the Hamilton Laboratory at the university, Professor Hamilton’s research interests include cytokine control of the development of cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage and the function of this lineage in inflammatory disease and autoimmunity.

He has a particular interest in models of inflammation, the effects of CSF-1 and GM-CSF on disease progression, and characterisation of monocyte/macrophage subpopulations.

Professor Hamilton was the Founding CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and the Director, Arthritis and Inflammation Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.

In 2010 he was the first non-clinician to be awarded the Australian Rheumatology Association Distinguished Service Medal; in the same year he was the second non-US researcher and second non-clinician to be awarded the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Basic Investigator Award.

Australian Academy of Science President, Professor John Shine, congratulated the Professor Hamilton and other Fellows for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines.

“These scientists were elected by their Academy peers following a rigorous evaluation process. What stands out among the new Fellows elected this year is the collective impact of their science on an international scale,” Professor Shine said.

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