QIMR Berghofer remembers Sister Regis Mary Dunne, a celebrated pioneer in the specialist field of medical science and in bioethics, who passed away aged 93 at Mater Hill in South Brisbane, where she lived for much of her 72 years as a Sister of Mercy.
Among her numerous career achievements, Sr Regis notably served on QIMR Berghofer’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) from 1996 to 2008, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute in 2002. Sr Regis retired on 5 December 2008.
Sr Regis is remembered for her lifelong commitment to making a difference to the lives of others through her outstanding professional work and dedication to her faith.
Working as a microbiologist she was the first to introduce cytogenetics – the study of the number and structure of chromosomes in cells – into a laboratory and led pioneering work in that field. Sr Regis was also very highly regarded by her colleagues in the field of ethics and bioethics.
Her many honours include an honorary doctorate from Queensland University of Technology; Medal for Outstanding Service from Griffith University; the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council Outstanding Contribution Award; and being named in the Australian honours system as an Officer of the Order of Australia.