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Biographical entry Cowley, Michael

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Medical scientist and Physiologist

Summary

Michael Cowley is a physiologist widely recognised for his research into the causes of obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. His research focuses on how the body tells the brain about how much body fat we have and levels of blood sugar. He discovered why obesity causes high blood pressure and leads efforts to develop drugs for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. In 2017 Cowley was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology at Monash University in 2017. He was awarded the Science Minister's (later the Frank Fenner) Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in 2009 for his contribution to our understanding of metabolism and obesity.

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1989
Education - BSc, University of Melbourne
1993
Education - BSc (hons), Monash University
1994 - 1998
Career position - Graduate Student, Reproductive Neuroendocrinology, Monash University and Prince Henry's Institute for Medical Research
1998 - 2000
Career position - Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
1999
Education - PhD, Monash University
2000 - 2001
Career position - Research Assistant Professor, The Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2000 - 2002
Career position - Consultant, Neurocrine Biosciences, San Diego, USA
2001 - 2007
Career position - Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2002 - 2007
Career position - Director, Electrophysiology Core, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2002 - 2007
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Obesity research
2002 - 2009
Career position - Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Consultant, Orexigen Therapeutics, USA
2006 - 2008
Career position - Member, Heart Research and Diabetes Center, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2007 -
Career position - Senior Editor, Neuroendocrinology
2007 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Endocrinology
2007 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, American journal of physiology
2007 - 2008
Career position - Associate Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
2008 -
Career position - Research Professor, Department of Physiology, Monash University
2008 -
Career position - Director, Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute
2008
Award - Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge, and Innovation Fellowship
2009
Award - Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, Commonwealth of Australia
2009 - 2014
Award - Pfizer Australia Senior Research Fellowship
2009 - 2016
Career position - Founder and Director, Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute
2013 - 2017
Career position - Founder and Director, Pacific Discovery Services
2014 -
Career position - Founder and Chairman, ReverX
2015
Award - Inaugural Jacques Miller Medal for Experimental Biomedicine, Australian Academy of Science
2017 -
Career position - Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University
2017 -
Career position - Founder and Director, Integrated Physiology Services Pty Ltd

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