Kerr, John Foxton Ross, AO, FAA, FRACP, FRCP, FRCPA, FRCPath (1934-)

Also known as
Kerr, John Foxton Ross (1934-)
Field of activity
Pathologist
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1475777

Biographies

John Foxton R. Kerr has been dubbed the father of apoptosis. He was Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland and Adjunct Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. His research concentrated on the area of cell death by apoptosis and he was the first to delineate the ultrastructural features of apoptosis, showing it to be quite distinct from necrosis, provoked by tissue injury. He drew attention for the first time to the role of cell death in normal adult mammals and in disease. His landmark paper in 1972 with Wyllie and Currie named this process apoptosis, to emphasise its complementary but opposite role to mitosis. In 2000 he was awarded (joint recipient) Germany's most distinguished award in biomedical research - the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize - for his life-long contributions to apoptosis.

  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Queensland
  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Queensland
  • Career position - Intern at the Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • Career position - Pathology Registrar at the Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • Career position - Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London (University College Hospital Medical School)
  • Career position - Member of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK)
  • Career position - Senior Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Queensland
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (FRCPA)
  • Career position - Reader in Pathology at the University of Queensland
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Career position - Professor of Pathology at the University of Queensland and Pathologist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK)
  • Career position - Adjunct Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Award - Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Distinguished Fellows' Award received
  • Award - Bancroft Medal received from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians( FRCP), London
  • Award - Bancroft Medal received from the Australian Medical Association
  • Award - Fred W Stewart Award received from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre
  • Life event - Retired
  • Career position - Professor Emeritus at the University of Queensland
  • Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • Award - Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize received
  • Award - International Charles IV Prize received from the City of Prague and Charles University

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Resources for John Foxton Ross AO, FAA, FRACP, FRCP, FRCPA, FRCPath Kerr

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Kerr, John Foxton Ross
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. John Kerr and Apoptosis
    O'Rourke, M.G. and Ellem, K.A.
    Published: 2000
    Series: Medical Journal of Australia, 173, 11-12, 616-617

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