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Biographical entry Kay, Brian Herbert (1944 - 2017)

AM, FAA

Born
2 May 1944
Prestwich, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died
1 April 2017
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Entomologist and Virologist

Summary

Brian Kay was an internationally renowned entomologist and arbovirologist whose research into mosquito-borne viruses had a significant effect on public health. Much of what is now known about the role of mosquito vectors and vertebrate hosts resulted from the work of Kay and his students. His research was particularly into the viruses that cause Murray Valley encephalitis, and the Ross River, Dengue and Barmah Forest fevers. Kay extended his work into active participation in local government and international mosquito control programs. He retired in 2014 after 51 years at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, heading the Entomology (later Mosquito Control) Laboratory and as a member of the senior executive team.

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1949
Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1963 -
Education - Bachelor of Science Honours, University of Queensland
1963 - 1969
Career position - Cadet Scientist, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
1970 - 1988
Career position - Head of Entomology (later Mosquito Control) Laboratory, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
1977
Career position - President, Entomological Society of Queensland
1978 -
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1978 - ?
Career position - Quarantine Officer, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
1978
Award - Churchill Fellowship
1978
Career position - Visiting Scientist, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
1981 -
Career position - Member, WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Vector Biology and Control
1981 -
Career position - Member and Technical Consultant, Contiguous Local Authorities Group Saltmarch Mosquito Program
1984 -
Career position - Member, WHO, FAO, UNCHS, UNEP Joint Panel of Experts on Environmental Management for Vector Control
1984 - 1986
Career position - Director (part-time), Vector Control Unit, Queensland Health
1987
Award - Medallion of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
1988 -
Career position - Head, WHO Collaborating Centre on Environmental Management for Vector Control
1988 - 1991
Career position - Chairman, Parasitology and Entomology Section, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
1990 - 2013
Career position - President, Mosquito and Arbovirus Research Committee
1994
Award - Shandong Medical University Medal
1994 - 1997
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, James Cook University
1996
Career position - Secretary-General, International Federation of Tropical Medicine Conference, Nagasaki, Japan
1998 - 2000
Career position - Associate Professor of Tropical Health, University of Queensland
1999
Award - D. I. Ivanovsky Centenary Medal of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and Council of the Ivanovsky Institute of Virology
2000 - ?
Career position - Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland
2000
Award - Bancroft Medal, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
2000 - 2014
Career position - Senior Principal Research Fellow, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
2002 - 2005
Career position - Member, Consultative Committee, National Centre of Epidemiology and Population Health
2002 - 2005
Career position - Director, Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition
2002 - 2005
Career position - Member, Consultative Committee, Anton Breinl Centre, James Cook University
2002 - 2005
Career position - Member, Board of Governors, SEAMEO-TROPMED
2002 - 2010
Career position - Member, Board of Health Sciences, University of Queensland
2002 - 2010
Career position - Member, Australian Network of Academic Public Health Institutes
2005 - ?
Career position - Deputy Director, Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health
2005 - ?
Career position - Professor, Griffith Medical Research College, Griffith University
2005
Award - Ralph L. Doherty Medal for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Medical Research, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
2005
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medical science and public health, particularly through research into the control and elimination of mosquito-borne arbovirus diseases in Northern Australia and Asia
2006
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2008 - ?
Career position - Senior Executive, Queensland Institute of Medical Research
2010 - 2014
Career position - Deputy Director, Queensland Tropical Health Alliance
2012 - 2017
Award - Life Member, Mosquito Control Association of Australia
2013
Award - Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research
2014
Life event - Retired
2014 - 2017
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Queensland Institute of Medical Research

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