Flinders University Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, John Miners, has today (Wednesday, March 26) been elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, joining an elite group of distinguished Australian scientists.
Professor Miners, the Head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology from 2003 to 2013, was elected to the Academy for his pioneering work to establish drug metabolism as a predictive science that underpins both preclinical drug development and the clinical use of drugs.
Representing the nation’s top research scientists, the Academy annually selects a small number of Australian scientists to join its Fellowship, which now numbers 481, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to scientific research.
Professor Miners, who is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, said it was a privilege to represent the University alongside equally distinguished Australian researchers.
“Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science is not only an immense personal honour but additionally provides recognition of the outstanding research carried out in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of Flinders University,” Professor Miners said.
“The award of Fellowship would not have been possible without the contributions of the many talented colleagues, research staff and post-graduate research students that it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with during my time at Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre,” he said.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Professor Miners attained his PhD in medicinal chemistry from the Victoria University of Wellington before moving to the UK in 1974, where he worked for three years as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Oxford.
He joined Flinders Medical Centre’s Department of Medical Biochemistry in 1977 then transferred to the newly-formed Department of Clinical Pharmacology a year later.
Professor Miners holds an impressive track record of grant success, having earned the continuous financial backing of the National Health and Medical Research Council for 35 years, encompassing 25 project grants, 14 of which he held the role of primary chief investigator, and one program grant worth a combined total of $9.9 million.
Australian Academy of Science president Professor Suzanne Cory congratulated all of the new fellows for their outstanding achievements and contributions to advancing human knowledge.
“All of these scientists are doing amazing and significant work in their chosen fields – they are the Olympic athletes of science,” she said.
Professor Miners will be formally admitted to the Academy along with 20 other fellows at the organisation’s annual flagship event, Science at the Shine Dome, in Canberra in May.
Flinders Fellows previously elected to the Academy include Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Marcello Costa.