Medical leaders honoured at third Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration

On 14 November 2017, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences awarded four Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) degrees and presented the Brownless Medal during a special Conferring of Degrees Ceremony where the third Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on Health was delivered by Professor Kathryn North.

(L to R): Associate Professor Peter Greenberg, Professor Kathryn North, MDHS Faculty Dean Professor Shitij Kapur, Emeritus Professor Henry Burger, Professor Kate Leslie and Professor James Bishop

Honorary doctorates were awarded to Professor James Bishop AO, Emeritus Professor Henry G Burger AO, Professor Kate Leslie AO, and Professor Kathryn North AM, and the Brownless Medal was presented to Associate Professor Peter Greenberg OAM.

The Medal – established in 2012 as part of the Melbourne Medical School’s 150th anniversary celebrations – recognises distinguished individuals who have continued the high ideals of medical education held by the founder of the Melbourne Medical School, Antony Colling Brownless.

The Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on Health honours the life and work of Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith AC CBE: a pioneering clinician-researcher, a fearless patient advocate, a strong role model for women in science and medicine, and mentor to many.

Professor North’s Oration, ‘Precision Medicine – The Future is Now’, addressed progress made in genomic data sharing and the positive impact of genomic medicine on families with children affected by rare neuromuscular disorders.