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New leadership in Curtin’s School of Biomedical Sciences

Media release

An international biochemistry and biomedical science expert has been appointed Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University’s Bentley campus.

Professor Philip Newsholme, previously Head of Biochemistry at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, will be responsible for the future development and strengthening of the School’s education, research and consultancy profile.

He is a leading international researcher who has published more than 80 peer reviewed papers in leading scientific journals and has secured $2.75 million in grant funding as lead researcher and $2.05 million as co-researcher.

Professor Newsholme’s entire scientific career has been focused on biomedical research and he has worked for a number of leading universities including the University of California Davis, the University of Cambridge and the University of Säo Paulo.

His research examines nutrient, immune and endocrine regulation of insulin secretion and metabolic adaptations to exercise in healthy and diabetic individuals.

Professor Newsholme has recently established national and international collaborations in the field of cystinosis, a rare disease of dysfunctional amino acid transport and metabolism.

He holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Metabolic Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. He is a professional member of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society, both based in London.

Professor Jill Downie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said she was pleased to appoint such a high profile leader.

“Professor Newsholme will be a wonderful addition to the School. He has an outstanding track record of developing industry links and partnerships,” Professor Downie said.

“He is joining us at an exciting time with a $25 million investment in a new Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute Biomedical Sciences Precinct that will open in 2012, and his experience of teaching medical students will be beneficial with our proposal for a new medical school in Western Australia.

“The Precinct will combine the research efforts of a number of Schools into a central facility and provide a unique opportunity for industry to be embedded with our scientists. Professor Newsholme will play essential key role in forging new research partnerships and in strengthening research activities in the Precinct to deliver practical health solutions and improve the health of our community.

Professor Newsholme joins the School on Wednesday 7 September 2011.


Kristy Jones / Teresa Belcher, Public Relations, Curtin University
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