Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2013 NSW Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Alan Trounson

State: New South Wales


Professor Alan Trounson made headlines in 1980 with the first IVF birth in Australia, introducing two world-first procedures credited with helping more than 300,000 women worldwide conceive successfully. In 2000, he made international headlines again when he led the team which discovered that nerve stem cells could be derived from embryonic stem cells unleashing the potential of stem cells to cure a range of currently incurable diseases including HIV/AIDS and strokes. Now as the head of California’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine, he is responsible for a $3 billion budget to fund research into cancer, osteoporosis, Huntington's disease, spinal cord injury and motor neurone disease. The research projects have already made promising inroads into diseases such as type 1 diabetes, brain tumours, spinal-cord damage, leukaemia, macular degeneration and heart disease, with some of that research about to go to clinical trials. Describing himself as a ‘global scientist’, Alan’s aim is to connect the world's best scientists to not only work together but to work with health authorities and institutes across the world to make stem-cell research more effective globally.

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