NDARC’s Professor Louisa Degenhardt has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) for outstanding leadership and contributions to health and medical science in Australia.
Professor Degenhardt’s research on illicit drug use and its health effects has shaped policy at a global level via advice to WHO, UNAIDS, and UNODC. Her data linkage work on opioid dependence has been used internationally to evaluate the benefits risks of addiction treatment. She has published >370 peer reviewed papers, ~190 since 2010; 3 books, 39 book chapters, and 110 reports. Her H-index in Web of Science (WOS) is 48. She has worked on the WHO’s World Mental Health Surveys and co-chairs the Mental Disorders and Illicit Drug Use Expert Group for the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study.
On 19 October 2017, 49 new Fellows were welcomed from around Australia, representing many disciplines within the health and medical sciences, including basic and clinical science, public health and health services, physicians, surgeons and allied health practitioners. Their contributions were to a diverse range of clinical and research areas, including chronic and infectious diseases, mental health, neuroscience, medical physiology and cancer research.
The 2017 election will bring the Academy’s Fellowship to 321.
For more information, and a full list of new Fellows, please visit the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences website.