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Biographical entry Rand, Michael (1927 - 2002)

Born
19 August 1927
Freckenham, Suffolk, England
Died
9 May 2002
Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Pharmacologist and Toxicologist

Summary

Michael Rand was professor of pharmacology at the University of Melbourne 1965-1991. His research was in autopharmacology, the pharmacological study of the natural constituents of the body which have regulatory roles. In particular he worked on serotonin, the cholinergic-link (also called the Burn-Rand hypothesis), and autonomic neuroeffector transmission. He was an international leader in research on nitregenic transmitters. Rand was tireless in advancing the disciplines of pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and toxicology in Australia and internationally. He served on numerous committees on poisons, evaluation of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, and the acceptance of food additives for Victorian, national and international organisations. With W. C. Bowman he published Textbook of pharmacology (1968, 2nd ed. 1980) which was considered internationally as a major text in the field.

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1953 - 1956
Career position - Fellowship in Sydney
1957
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1957 - 1958
Career position - Departmental Demonstrator at the University of Oxford, UK
1958 - 1959
Career position - Australia and New Zealand Life Insurance Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney
1960 - 1965
Career position - Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of London
1965 - 1991
Career position - Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne
1967
Career position - Founding Member, Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists
1969 - ?
Career position - Chairman, WHO/FAO Expert Committee on Food Additives
1970 - 1976
Career position - Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Heart Foundation
1970 - 2002
Career position - Member of the Australian Tobacco Research Foundation
1972 - 2002
Career position - Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Toxicology
1973 - 1986
Career position - Editor-in-Chief, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
1974
Career position - President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists
1984 - 2002
Career position - Trustee of the International Life Sciences Institute of Australia
1985 - 2002
Career position - Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autonomic Pharmacology
1987
Career position - President and Chair of the National Organising Committee, 10th International Congress of Pharmacology, Sydney
1987
Career position - President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists
1987 - 2002
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Food Additives and Contaminants
1989 - 1991
Career position - President of the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society
1991 - 1996
Career position - Commissioner of the National Food Authority (part-time)
1991 - 2002
Career position - Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, later RMIT University
1991 - 2002
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne
1993 - 2002
Career position - Chairman of the Smoking and Health Research Foundation
1999 - 2002
Career position - President of the Southeast Asian/Western Pacific Federation of Pharmacologists

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Journal Articles

  • Rae, Ian D., 'The Roche Research Institute of Marine Pharmacology, 1974-1981: Searching for Drug Leads', Historical Records of Australian Science , vol. 20, no. 2, 2009, pp. 209-231. Details
  • Rand, M. J., 'Pharmacology down under including toxicological sciences', Trends in Pharmacological Science, vol. 8, 1987, pp. 237-42. Details
  • Rand, M. J., 'Adventures in autopharmacology: a biographic view with digressions into other matters', Annual review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, vol. 33, 1993, pp. 25-44. Details
  • Story, D., 'Obituary: Michael John Rand (1927 - 2002)', Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, vol. 29, no. 9, 2002, pp. 856-8. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Jones, Philip, 'Obituary: Professor Michael Rand, Experimental pharmacologist and toxicologist', The Age, 29 May 2002. Details

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