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PROF John Prins




  • Professor John Prins is an active clinician-scientist, a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia and sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non-government organisations and industry. Professor Prins undertook his clinical training in endocrinology in Brisbane and then completed a PhD in adipose tissue biology at The University of Queensland (UQ). Then followed a postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Cambridge, UK, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He returned to Brisbane in 1998 after being awarded a Wellcome International Senior Research Fellowship. In 2004 he was Founder/Director of the UQ Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, one of the most prominent and successful groups on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, which merged with the UQ Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR) in January 2007 to form the UQ Diamantina Institute. In 2009 Professor Prins was appointed CEO/Director of Mater Research. He was also Professor of Endocrinology at UQ and is a Senior Staff Endocrinologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. In 2018 Prof Prins was appointed Head of the Melbourne Medical School and Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He also has part-time clinical appointments in Endocrinology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Goulbourne Valley Health and Rumbalara. Professor Prins has substantial commercialisation experience, holds four international patents and was founder and scientific director of a spin-out biotech company—Adipogen Pty Ltd. He sits on numerous Australian and Global Pharmaceutical Scientific & Clinical Advisory Boards. His current corporate roles include directorships of Metro South Hospital and Health Service ($2.6b) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia. Professor Prins is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training and ha   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Queensland 1996
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland 1986

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1993