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Biographical entry Hudson, Bryan (1923 - 1997)


13 November 1923
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3 December 1997


Bryan Hudson was one of the founders of the discipline of endocrinology in Australia. His research focused on pituitary and steroid hormones, and testosterone and related hormones: his research group was the first to demonstrate that testosterone was produced in many sites in the body. He was recognised as a world authority on androgen physiology. In 1962 Hudson was appointed to the foundation chair of medicine at Monash University. In this role he established a highly effective research department at Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne. In 1972 he became Associate Director of the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Hudson played a leading role in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, serving on Council and various committees from 1957, and as President 1982 - 1984. He was prominent in the review of membership which resulted in the current examination, advanced training and accreditation system. The Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Award has been awarded by the Endocrine Society of Australia since 2004. In 2015 the MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research was renamed the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.



Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1946 - 1949
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
Education - Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1950 - 1951
Award - Nuffield Dominion Travelling Fellowship
Education - Member, Royal College of Physicians, London
1952 - 1955
Career position - Research Fellow, Baker Institute, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1956 - 1962
Career position - Physician-in-Charge, Diabetic and Metabolic Unit, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1957 - 1980
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Career position - Founding Member, Endocrine Society of Australia
Award - Fulbright Travelling Fellowship
Education - Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1961 - 1968
Career position - Member of Council, Endocrine Society of Australia
1962 - 1972
Career position - Inaugural Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Monash University
1966 - 1967
Career position - President, Endocrine Society of Australia
Career position - Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, London
1969 - 1980
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1972 - 1980
Career position - Member, Executive Committee, International Society of Endocrinology
1972 - 1983
Career position - Associate Director, Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine, University of Melbourne
1972 - 1983
Career position - Senior Principal Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council
1972 - 1988
Career position - Consultant Endocrinologist, Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne
Award - Honorary Fellow, American College of Physicians
1977 - 1980
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Career position - Chairman, Organising Committee, International Congress of Endocrinology, Melbourne
1980 - 1984
Career position - President, International Society for Endocrinology
Award - Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Award - Honorary Member, Academy of Medicine of Singapore
Award - Life Member, Endocrine Society of Australia
1982 - 1984
Career position - President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1983 - 1988
Career position - Director, Royal Southern Memorial Hospital, Victoria
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to medicine, particularly in the field of endocrinology
Life event - Retired
Award - Honorary MD, Monash University

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  • Baker, Gordon, Burger, Henry G. and Coghlan, John P., 'Bryan Hudson AO MB BS 1946, MD 1949, PhD 1958, FRACP, FRCP (Hon), FACP (Hon), FRCP (Canada) 1923 - 1997', Chiron: Journal of the University of Melbourne Medical Society, 4 (1) (1998), 50-1. Details
  • Burger, Henry G., 'Bryan Hudson AO, MB BS, MD, PhD, FRCP, FACPHon, FRCPSHon', Medical Journal of Australia, 169 (1988), 5. Details

See also

  • Alfred Healthcare Group Heritage Committee ed., Alfred Hospital: Faces and Places volume I(-III) (Prahran, Vic.: Alfred Healthcare Group, 1996-2004), 360 pp. Details

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