The University of Newcastle, Australia

Laureate honour for epidemiology leader

Friday, 11 October 2019

Professor John Attia from the School of Medicine and Public Health in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, has been awarded the title of Laureate Professor, in recognition of his remarkable research career and outstanding contributions in clinical, molecular, and genetic epidemiology methods, as well as his clinical medicine practice and teaching.

Laureate Professor John Attia
Laureate Professor John Attia

Internationally regarded in his field, Professor Attia is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

“Professor Attia’s research success and institutional leadership, including the development of leading training programs, attest to his influence and standing within the academic and medical communities” Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Health and Medicine and Laureate Professor John Aitken said.

“I’ve been honoured to work with him for around 20 years and witness his significant impact on scholarship, policy and practice in clinical epidemiology, and his leadership both at the University and in the broad area of data analytics,” he said.

Professor Attia, who is also a Staff Specialist at John Hunter Hospital and researches at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, is the author of more than 600 peer review publications and over 120 conference proceedings and has secured in excess of $24 million in research funding since his arrival at the University of Newcastle in the late ‘90s. Moreover, his research has been published in some of the most prestigious journals in the world including Nature, Nature Genetics, Science, Lancet and JAMA. His publications have been cited over 15,000 times and he has a career h-index of around 70.

The title of Laureate Professor recognises exceptional academic achievement, and is among the highest academic honours conferred at the University of Newcastle. An Award Committee, comprising national, external and UON scholars, unanimously endorsed the five year award.

* HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.


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