Prof Simon Gandevia with his arm in a machine for motor impairment study

Fellowships awarded to Prof Simon Gandevia and Prof Rob Herbert

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) welcomed Prof Simon Gandevia and Prof Rob Herbert as new fellows, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in research.

They were inducted at a ceremony in Brisbane’s Custom House along with 48 other researchers in the health and medical sciences field. They join current AAHMS fellows from NeuRA, Profs Peter Schofield, Glenda Halliday and Steve Lord.

Prof Peter Schofield said the fellowship offer acknowledges their significant contributions to medical health research in Australia.

New Fellows are drawn from all aspects of health and medical science, with representation from basic translational and clinical research, health economics, general practice and public health. President of the Academy, Prof Ian Frazer said the election of the new Fellows “will ensure that the Academy can promote use of the best research-informed health care for all Australians”.

Professor Simon Gandevia is a clinical neurophysiologist with a history of major discoveries about human movement control in health and disease. His research covers three strands: (i) neural mechanisms of proprioception; (ii) neural control of muscle performance, especially during muscle fatigue; and (iii) control of human breathing muscles.

Prof Gandevia’s work has provided insight into many disorders, including stroke, asthma and spinal cord injury. He is a founder of NeuRA and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1998.

Professor Rob Herbert is recognised as a world leader both in clinical trials of physiotherapy interventions and mechanisms of motor impairment. He has led major studies with important findings in both fields and has published widely in leading journals.

Prof Herbert holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. He established the online PEDro database of randomised trials in physiotherapy and he has been a pioneer of evidence-based physiotherapy in Australia and internationally.

AAHMS is a leadership body that seeks to bring together key stakeholders of the health and medical sciences to promote health and medical research and its translation to enable a healthier community in Australia.

A core task of AAHMS will be to promote academic medicine and translational health and medical sciences in Australia. The role of the Academy will also be to provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and medical research.