"Evolution: Holistic Ageing in an Age of Change"
19th-22nd March 2012, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Organised by Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society

Professor Brian J. Morris
Professor Brian J. Morris has an outstanding record of commitment and contribution to medical research over the past 40 years, starting with research at the University of Adelaide, then a PhD at Melbourne and Monash Universities. Then, as a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of California, San Francisco, before being appointed as an academic at The University of Sydney in 1978. He has made major breakthroughs in fields as wide-ranging as heart disease, cancer and ageing. In this regard, he made most of the initial molecular findings on renin, a pivotal regulator of the cardiovascular system, and pioneered the molecular genetics of hypertension field, discovering causative genes.

His interests in healthy diet and lifestyle began in his teens and have led him to conduct research on resveratrol and he has written a number of large reviews published in journals and books in recent years. In 1987 he patented a novel test for the virus that causes cervical cancer and continues to help industry bring this to the market. He has over 280 publications, more than half of his research articles being in the top 5% of journals.

His publications have been cited over 5,000 times, with 9 having been cited 100-500 times, and he has a high 'H index' of 34. Over 60 grants totalling more than $6M have been awarded for his research. He is a frequent news media commentator on health issues. He was awarded a PhD in 1975, a DSc in 1993, and Chair in 1998.

In 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council for High Blood Pressure Research). He and his research students have received a number of awards for their research, and in 2008 he was awarded the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.

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