Peter Mac’s Professor Danny Rischin and Professor Alicia Oshlack have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

In announcing 29 new Fellows, AAHMS President Professor Ingrid Scheffer praised the group for their leadership and noted a record 66% were women.

“The Academy is committed to supporting gender equity and championing diversity. It’s wonderful to see so many outstanding individuals join us as new Fellows,” Prof Scheffer said.

“The pandemic has demonstrated the critical role that our expertise in health and medical sciences has played.

“I look forward to seeing how our new Fellows contribute to the Academy’s goal of addressing the most pressing health challenges facing society.”

Academy Fellows are elected by their peers for their outstanding and ongoing contributions to health and medical sciences.

Professor Rischin has been Peter Mac's Director of Medical Oncology for 14 years.

Professor Oshlack has been at the fore of bioinformatics research for more than 15 years, and is co-Head of Peter Mac’s Computational Biology Program.

Professor Oshlack is also a Galli Senior Research Fellow, an investment in exceptional researchers made possible by the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Medical Research Trust which enables a unique partnership between the University of Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Children's Hospital.

New AAHMS Fellows were announced at the 2021 AAHMS Annual Meeting, underway October 27 – 28. See the full lists of new AAHMS Fellows