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Biographical entry Sutherland, Struan Keith (1936 - 2002)

17 June 1936
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
11 January 2002
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Struan Keith Sutherland was head of the Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne 1994-2001. Before that he had spent 28 years conducting venom research at CSL and advising on patient care. He and his colleagues developed the Sydney Funnel-web spider antivenom in 1980.


Born Sydney, 17 June 1936. Died Melbourne, 11 January 2002. AO 2002. Educated University of Melbourne. Registered Medical Officer 1961, RAN Surgeon-Lieutenant 1962-65, Clinical Assistant, Royal Melbourne Hospital 1964-92, Head of Immunology Research, CSL Ltd 1967-84, Medical Consultant 1984-94, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Pharmacology, University of Melbourne 1994-2001, Director, Australian Venom Research Unit 1994-2001, External Medical Consultant to CSL Ltd 1994-, Physician, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital 1992-. AMA Prize for Medical Research 1977; James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 1984; Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Tropical Medicine, Australasian College of Tropical Medicine 1997; Distinguished Fellow Medal, Royal College of Pathologists of Australia 1999.

Published resources


  • Sutherland, Struan K., A Venomous Life, Hyland House, Melbourne, 1998, 397 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Struan Keith Sutherland', Uni News, vol. 12, no. 12, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Galbraith, Douglas, Sutherland, Struan and Nossal, G., 'William Reade Lane', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1974, no. 2, 1974, pp. 376-7. Details
  • Mirtschin, Peter and Tibballs, James, 'Passing of Professor Struan Sutherland', Toxicon, vol. 40, no. 7, 2002, pp. 1975-6. Details
  • Sutherland, Struan, 'Eric Worrell', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 148, no. 151, 1988, p. 15. Details
  • Sutherland, Struan K., 'Antivenom Research in Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 161, no. 1, 1994, pp. 48-50. Details
  • Tibballs, James, 'Struan Sutherland: Doyen of Envenomation in Australia', Toxicon , vol. 48, no. 7, 2009, pp. 860-871. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Tibballs, James, 'Obituary: Struan Keith Sutherland', The Age, 17 January 2002. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details
  • Winkel, Kenneth D., Mirtschin, Peter and Pearn, John, 'Twentieth Century Toxinology and Antivenom development in Australia', Toxicon , vol. 48, no. 7, 2006, pp. 738-754. Details

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