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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 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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