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Biographical entry Porter, Robert (1932 - )

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Born
10 September 1932
Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Medical scientist and Physiologist

Summary

Robert Porter was the Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research and Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University from 1980. Earlier he was Professor of Physiology, Monash University 1967-1980. His research interests include the following:
Neurophysiology, particularly cellular mechanisms and synaptic connections between nerve cells involved in the brain's control of movement. Research on central nervous system structure and function in primates as it relates to problems of medical concern in central nervous system disease and injury. Rehabilitation of movement performance in patients following head injury and nervous system disease. Brain development in children and learning: specific learning disabilities. Restoration of function after nervous system damage by nerve transplantation surgery. Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Specific Learning Disorders. Diagnostic methods for the examination of the human nervous system - magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET).

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Events

- 1954
Education - Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc), The University of Adelaide, Australia
- 1956
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Oxford, England
- 1959
Education - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCh), University of Oxford, England
- 1960
Education - Masters of Arts (MA), University of Oxford, England
- 1970
Education - Doctor of Medicine (DM), University of Oxford, England
- 1974
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc), The University of Adelaide, Australia
1954
Award - Rhodes Scholar for South Australia
1959 - 1960
Career position - General Practice, Faringdon, Berkshire, England
1959 - 1960
Career position - House Physician to Sir George Pickering, Oxford, England
1959 - 1960
Career position - House Physician to Mr A. Elliot-Smith, Oxford, England
1960 - 1963
Career position - Departmental Demonstrator, University Laboratory of Physiology, University of Oxford, England
1964 - 1967
Career position - Lecturer in Physiology, University of Oxford, England
1967 - 1980
Chair - Chairman of the Department of Physiology, Monash University, Australia
1967 - 1980
Career position - Professor of Physiology, Monash University, Australia
1974 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1980 - 1989
Career position - Director and Howard Florey Professor of Medical Research, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Australia
1981 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1989 - 1998
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Australia
1990 - 1993
Chair - Chairman, Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools
1992 - 1993
Career position - Half-time then Full-time Deputy Vice Chancellor, Monash University, Australia
1996 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators
1998 -
Career position - Planning Dean (Medicine), James Cook University, Australia

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Robert Porter - Records, 1974 - 1990, MS 163; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Porter, R., 'The John Curtin School of Medical Research', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 142, 1985, pp. 205-213. Details
  • Porter, R., Proske, U. and Mark, R. F., 'Archibald Keverall McIntyre, 1913-2002', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 15, no. 1, 2004, pp. 77-94. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03016.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker