QIMR Berghofer Senior Scientist Professor Mark Smyth has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
It is one of the highest honours Australian scientists can receive. The Fellowship includes more than 500 researchers who have made sustained and significant contributions to Australian science.
Professor Smyth is the Coordinator of QIMR Berghofer’s Immunology Department and the head of the Immunology in Cancer and Infection Laboratory.
He has been working in the field of immunology for nearly 30 years and, during that time, has significantly advanced our understanding of how the immune system responds to cancer and infections. He is also the most highly cited immunologist in Australia.
Professor Smyth’s work on early immune reaction to cancer has provided a framework for modern cancer immunotherapy, and, more recently he was the first to identify the proteins CD73 and CD96 as new targets for cancer immunotherapy.
“I am greatly honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science,” Professor Smyth said.
“The field of cancer immunotherapy has made huge advances in the last two decades. It is very humbling to be recognised for the contribution my team and I have made towards that.”
Professor Smyth joins 20 other scientists who have also been elected to the AAS.
Academy of Science President, Professor Andrew Holmes, has congratulated all of the new Fellows for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines.
“What is delightful about our latest group of new Fellows is that many were inspired to become scientists at an early age,” Professor Holmes said.
“This reminds us why it is crucial that, as a nation, we continue to work together to inspire our next generation of scientists, which is part of our core mission at the Academy.”
Professor Smyth adds the Fellowship to an already-impressive list of accolades, including a Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize and Cancer Research Institute William B. Coley Medal, and the AAS Gottschalk Medal.
He will be formally admitted to the AAS at a ceremony in Canberra tonight.
WATCH: Professor Smyth’s lecture on immunotherapy research from Science at the Shine Dome 2017.