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Biographical entry Sparrow, Lindsay Gale

Chemist and Medical chemist


Lindsay Gale Sparrow joined the CSIRO in 1968 and since then has been involved in some of the CSIRO's most important medical discoveries. During a 7 year collaboration with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) between 1977 and 1984, Sparrow was crucial to the development of colony stimulating factors (CSFs) as a treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, which went on to be highly successful. Sparrow was personally responsible for the analysis of the particular CSF called granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), which was the first to be described chemically. Later on in his career, Sparrow was part of the team that in 2006 successfully determined the structure of the insulin receptor for the first time, a discovery of landmark proportions in the ongoing process of understanding the function of insulin.

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