Alumni Award for National Leadership

2018 Finalist - Professor Thomas Borody, Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology And Microbiology) 2005

Professor Thomas Borody is internationally recognised for his ground-breaking research and innovation in digestive health that has led to hundreds of thousands of treatments, improving the quality of life for countless Australians. In the 1980’s, he was one of the first in Australia to understand the role of microbes and bacteria in a person’s overall health.

He developed the Triple Therapy process, which is still today, the gold standard for treating ulcers and stomach cancer. People from all over the world seek treatment in his Centre for Digestive Diseases (CDD). He founded the CDD after three years of clinical research at the Mayo Clinic in USA. At the CDD, Dr Borody performs Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), a technique that he spearheaded in 1988, at a time when that was considered ‘crackpot’ science.

Today, medical research has now proven that by depositing healthy bacteria from a donor stool sample, the gut flora of people with unhealthy guts can be improved. Today, FMT that Dr Borody pioneered is a treatment that could potentially cure illusive and chronic diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

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