Professor Kathryn North delivers 2017 Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration

On 14 November 2017, Professor Kathryn North AM delivered the third Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on Health during a special Conferring of Degrees Ceremony.

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, both within and outside her profession.

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.

Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne, Professor North is one of Australia’s leading and most influential physician scientists.

She trained as a paediatrician, neurologist and clinical geneticist, and is recognised internationally for her leadership in genomic medicine and her research into inherited myopathies and genes that influence human muscle performance.

Professor North was also awarded the Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) at the ceremony.