Emeritus Professor Ralph Doherty, AO MD BS Qld., MPH Harv., FRACMA, FRACP, FRCPA
- Director, Queensland Institute of Medical Research 1966-1978
- Graduate, The University of Queensland and Harvard University
- Medical practitioner, virologist, virological epidemiologist
- Discovered Ross River virus
- Died May 2016
Medical researcher Dr Ralph Doherty joined the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in the early 1950s, after completing his medical studies and internship. He moved to the Institute’s research station at Innisfail in 1953 to conduct research into arboviral diseases, and led the discovery of Ross River virus in 1963.
He became director of the Institute in 1966, and formally established an Aboriginal health research unit in 1971, believing that understanding culture was as important to success as biomedical investigations. Doherty was the driving force behind QIMR being relocated from the Victoria Park ex-army huts to a new purpose-built research building.
On leaving QIMR, Professor Doherty became Dean of the Medical School and then a Pro Vice-Chancellor at The University of Queensland. He continued his involvement with QIMR Berghofer over the subsequent decades, and the Ralph Doherty QIMR Berghofer Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Medical Research is awarded annually in his honour.