JCSMR School Seminar Series: Therapeutic potential of heat shock protein induction for muscular dystrophy and other muscle wasting disorders

Professor Gordon Lynch, Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne.

Professor Gordon Lynch is the Head of the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne. His research is dedicated to investigating the mechanisms underlying muscle wasting and weakness in ageing (sarcopenia), muscle diseases (like muscular dystrophies), injury and cancer. Gordon gained his PhD in Physiology from The University of Melbourne (1992) and completed postdoctoral training with Professor John A Faulkner at The Institute of Gerontology and Department of Physiology at The University of Michigan, USA (1995-1997) while CJ Martin Fellow of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia). He was awarded the A.K. McIntyre Medal (1995) from the Australian Physiological Society (AuPS) for outstanding contributions to physiology by a young investigator, an Australian Research Fellowship (1998) from the Australian Research Council and a NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship (1998). He was appointed to a tenured faculty Lectureship in Physiology at The University of Melbourne in 1999, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, Associate Professor and Reader in 2003, and full Professor in June 2003. He served as Deputy Head of Physiology for three consecutive years (2004-2006) and was appointed Head of Physiology in 2011.

In 2008, he won The University of Melbourne’s Research Higher Degree Mentoring Awards and in 2009 was awarded a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for outstanding contributions to student learning through sustained excellence in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the biomedical science, in 2012 he received the Jack and Robert  Smorgon Families Award for mentoring the winner of the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research (Dr Stefan Gehrig). In 2013 The University of Melbourne awarded him the Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence. Many of his mentee have achieved considerable success, nationally and internationally, through Premier’s and Tall Poppy awards, prestigious fellowships, and positions in academia and industry.  

Gordon has published more than 160 papers/reviews in leading journals, including his resent discovery published in the world’s foremost scientific journal, Nature.  His 500-page sole edited textbook on Sarcopenia (Springer Publishing, 2011) brought together many of the world’s leading researchers and is a definitive resource on age-related muscle wasting and weakness, his research is supported by the NHMRC (Australia), Arc, Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA0, Association Francais contre les Myopathies (France), the CASS foundation, and the industry support has included large funding from Pfizer Inc. (USA), Merck & Co. Inc. (USA), Roche (Switzerland) and BioIberica (Spain).

He is invited regularly to speak at international conferences and workshops, serves on editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Physiology (2003-2012) and Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs (2009) and reviews for leading journals and grant funding agencies worldwide. Gordon is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an active member of 5 other societies. He served on the AuPS Council (2005 – 2008) and organised and hosted its annual conference in 2008.

In the corporate world, Gordon was co-founder Director and Chair if fitness2lilve (200-2009), one of the world’s first online health and fitness companies. The company was sold successfully to McKesson Asia-Pacific in 2009 which was later acquired by Medibank – Australia’s largest provider of private health insurance and health solutions.

A Major contribution to the promotion of scientific research comes from his voluntary media work on ABC Radio; every single week for the last 11 years on the ABC Overnights program. Gordon has been interviewed on national radio on more than 600 occasions, in national newspapers and magazines, and appeared on national television news and lifestyle shows. He has authored over 800 monograph health stories many of which have featured in national newspapers, magazines and health promotion newsletters. In recognition of these efforts, Gordon received a National Journalism Awards from the National Asthma Council in 2002, and in 2006 was one of the three Finalists for the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science.

Date & time

12–1pm 7 June 2013


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU


 Laura Vitler, Host: Angela Dulhunty
 02 6125 2589

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