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Professor Grant R Sutherland AC

Grant Sutherland

Prof Grant R Sutherland AC, DSc, HonMD, HonFRCPA, FAA, FRS was Head of the Department of Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics at the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) from 1975 until 2002 and WCH Foundation Research Fellow from 2002 until 2007. He has been an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, and School of Molecular and Biomedical Science of the University of Adelaide since 1991.

His research interests included fragile sites on chromosomes including the fragile X, and the human genome project. He published some 500 papers and co-authored two books, one of which is now in its fourth edition. He served on the Editorial Boards of more than 20 scientific/medical journals. He is a past President of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) and the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA).

His work and that of his group attracted funding from the US Department of Energy, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NHMRC program grants from 1987 to 2006. Awards included being a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1983), a co-recipient of the Australia Prize, 1998 (subsequently renamed the Prime Minister's Prize), the Ramaciotti Medal for excellence in biomedical research (2001) and being named an ISI Thomson Australian Citation Laureate (2004). The HGSA instituted an annual Sutherland lecture in 2005. He was the South Australian nominee for Australian of the year in 2001. Sutherland became a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1998, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1996 and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in the following year.

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