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Mater Medical Research Institute appoints new Director

Professor John Prins was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer and Institute Director of Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) in October 2009.

In recognition of the research diversity that occurs at Mater, MMRI in conjunction with Mater Health Services has agreed to consolidate all major research activities into one research entity.

The new approach will bring together all Mater research and researchers to maximise interaction with clinicians and ensure the most efficient and effective research support services.

Professor Prins is an active clinician-scientist and a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia. He sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council, non-government organisations and industry.

Professor Prins has a strong educational focus and gives more than 50 presentations per year at local, national and international scientific and clinical meetings.

He undertook his clinical training in endocrinology in Brisbane and completed a PhD in adipose tissue biology at The University of Queensland.

Professor Prins’ first postdoctoral research appointment was at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, based at the world renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He returned to Brisbane in 1998 after being awarded the prestigious Wellcome International Senior Research Fellowship.

Chairman of the MMRI Board, Professor Ian Zimmer welcomed Professor Prins.

“We are delighted John has agreed to join us,” Prof Zimmer said.

“MMRI is going through an exciting time of change and growth and we are confident that John’s appointment will serve to enhance an already well respected institution.”

Professor John Prins, the new CEO of Mater Medical Research Institute

Professor John Prins, the new CEO of Mater Medical Research Institute.


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