Ian R. Mackay

Monash University, Australia

I. R. Mackay was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne, and he studied medicine at the University of Melbourne (1939–1945). He served an internship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1945-1946), and he was appointed as a Demonstrator in clinical biochemistry and in pathology at the University of Melbourne (1947-1948). He served as a Commonwealth Medical Officer attached to the Australian Military Mission, Berlin, for selecting migrants to Australia from Displaced Persons Camps in postwar Germany (1948-1950). He was appointed as a House Physician, Assistant Resident Medical Officer, and Research Associate to Professor Sherlock at the Royal Post Graduate Medical School, London, 1950-1951. He obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Melbourne in 1952. He was a Research Fellow in gastroenterology at the Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle (1953-1954) and a Senior Resident in Medicine at Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases and Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, 1955. He returned to Australia in 1956 to establish his career in the Clinical Research Unit of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Royal Melbourne Hospital under Sir Ian Wood and Sir Macfarlane Burnet. In 1963, he was appointed as the Head of the Clinical Research Unit. In 1963, he, with Sir Macfarlane Burnet, authored a definitive monograph on autoimmune diseases. He pioneered the study of autoimmunity in liver disease and has written extensively on various aspects of clinical immunology. After retirement from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in 1987, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University, Melbourne, where he was appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor, and where he maintains a full-time research involvement, particularly in the immunological pathogenesis of liver disease and Type 1 diabetes. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1991.

Biography Updated on 23 January 2011

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