Honours Trifecta Win for Woolcock

Three top Woolcock scientists have been awarded national honours for their trailblazing work in the fields of asthma, lung medicine and sleep research.

Executive Director Professor Carol Armour, Sleep and Circadian Research Group Leader Professor Ron Grunstein and Board Member Professor Matthew Peters have each been made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to medical education in the 2019 Honours list.

“It’s a privilege to be honoured in this way for our efforts to improve the lives of Australians living with sleep conditions and respiratory diseases,” Professor Armour says. “Every day at the Woolcock we strive to advance diagnosis and treatment options and ultimately find cures for these common, life-limiting conditions. To be recognised for our work three times over is exciting and greatly rewarding.”

Professor Armour’s honour was awarded for her significant service to medical education, and to asthma management. She has headed up the Woolcock since 2012 and also holds positions with the Sydney Medical School, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the National Asthma Council. An internationally renowned respiratory pharmacologist, Professor Armour is author, co-author or editor of approximately 200 scientific articles.

Professor Grunstein was recognised for his significant service to medical education and research in the field of sleep disorders. He also holds a role with the NHMRC and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity. A pioneer in the field of sleep medicine, Professor Grunstein has published more than 300 peer reviewed articles and 41 book chapters throughout his career.

Professor Peters’ award honours his significant service to thoracic medicine, to medical education, and to professional organisations. Aside from sitting on the Woolcock board, he has roles with Macquarie University, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Global Lung Cancer Coalition.

The Woolcock congratulates its esteemed colleagues on their achievement.