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Biographical entry Bishop, Ruth Frances (1933 - )

AO

Born
12 May 1933
Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Microbiologist and Virologist

Summary

Ruth Bishop is a microbiologist noted as leader of the team that discovered human rotavirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children. The development of a vaccine led to a successful vaccination program for all infants in Australia since 2007 and of millions of infants world-wide. Further research is directed to the development of a vaccine for babies at birth, for use in developing countries where this is likely to be the only time such children see a doctor. Bishop played key roles in WHO initiatives in vaccine development and research into diarrhoeal diseases. Bishop was a research assistant at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, where she worked in the Department of Gastroenterology as a microbiologist. She was later appointed a Research associate in the University of Melbourne's Department of Paediatrics.

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1954
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1958
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1961
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1962 - 1965
Career position - Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
1968 - 1974
Career position - Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
1968 - 1974
Career position - Research Fellow, Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1975 - 1979
Career position - Senior Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
1978
Career position - President, Paediatric Research Association of Australia
1978
Award - Selwyn-Smith Prize for Clinical Research, University of Melbourne
1978
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1978 - 2008
Career position - Fellow, Australian Society for Microbiology
1980 - 1983
Career position - Chairman, Biosafety Committee, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1980 - 1989
Career position - Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
1981 - 1989
Career position - Senior Associate, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
1983 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, Steering Committee of the Global Scientific Working Group on Viral Diarrhoeal Disease, World Health Organisation (WHO)
1989 -
Career position - Director, WHO Collaborating Laboratory for Research on Human Rotaviruses
1989 - 1992
Career position - Member of Committee, WHO Program for Vaccine Development
1990 - 1991
Career position - Chief Executive Officer, Research Foundation, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Melbourne
1990 - 1994
Career position - Professorial Associate, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
1991 - 1992
Career position - Director, Amrad Corporation
1991 - 1999
Career position - Member, Regional Grants Interviewing Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council
1992 -
Career position - Special Advisor, Programme for Vaccine Development, WHO/UNDP
1992 - 1999
Career position - Senior Principal Research Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
1994
Award - Gold Medal, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
1995 - 2015
Career position - Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
1996
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to medical research, particularly for her contributions to the understanding of gastroenteritis in children
1997
Award - White Flame Award, Save the Children Fund, Melbourne
1997
Award - Warren Hayes Memorial Medal, Committee for Melbourne
1998
Award - Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1998
Award - Pasteur Award, Children's Vaccine Initiative, Geneva, Switzerland
1999 -
Career position - Director, National Rotavirus Surveillance Centre
1999 - 2009
Career position - Member, Rotavirus Working Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program
1999 - 2009
Career position - Senior Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne
2001
Award - Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women
2007 -
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
2008 -
Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Society for Microbiology
2009 - 2015
Award - Honorary Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne
2010
Award - Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa), University of Melbourne
2011
Award - Prince Mahidol Award in the Field of Public Health, Thailand
2013
Award - Florey Medal, Australian Institute of Policy and Science

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Journal Articles

  • Cytowicz, Barbara, 'Ruth Bishop', Australasian Science, 21 (9) (2000), 46. Details

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