2016 Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture
Professor Ray Lowenthal AO
About the speaker
Professor Ray Lowenthal is Consultant Haematologist and Medical Oncologist, Royal Hobart Hospital, Clinical Professor at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Statewide Bone Marrow Transplantation Service. He is also an Honorary Member of the Menzies Research Institute of the University of Tasmania and was formerly Director of the Department of Clinical Haematology and Medical Oncology at the Royal Hobart Hospital for 25 years.
He trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1965. After post-graduate training in the UK, including research appointments at Northwick Park Hospital and the Leukaemia Unit at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, he returned to Australia in 1975 as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine, University of Tasmania.
His research interests are mainly in leukaemia, lymphoma, bone marrow transplantation and clinical trials of new cancer treatments, and he has been an author or co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has also been the author of numerous conference abstracts and non-per reviewed publications as well as several book chapters.
He has been President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Medical Association (1996-98), a member of the Medical Council of Tasmania (1996-2004) and the inaugural chairman of The Cancer Council of Tasmania (1996-2001). From 2001 to 2004 he served as President of The Cancer Council of Australia. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia’s Cancer Achievement Award and for 2005-06 he was the Bob Pitney Travelling Fellow for the Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand. The HSANZ made him a life member in 2008.
In the Australian Queen’s Birthday honours list for 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia “for service to medicine in the fields of oncology and palliative care and as a clinician, educator, researcher and contributor to professional organisations at state and national levels".
Refreshments from 5.30pm
The Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture has been established by the University of Tasmania and Dr Elizabeth Cobbold as a memorial to Arthur's contribution to the School of Medicine, and to medical education.
Emeritus Professor Arthur Cobbold AM OBE died in December 2009 after a distinguished career in medical education. Professor Cobbold had been recruited from the UK in 1964 as Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology in the new Tasmanian School of Medicine. He played a pivotal role in the School's development and success, serving as Dean of the School for a record 13 years.
Arthur Cobbold is widely remembered and acclaimed by his students and peers as an outstanding teacher and researcher and an excellent administrator. The Arthur Cobbold Memorial Lecture has been established by the University and Dr Elizabeth Cobbold as a memorial to Arthur's contribution to the School of Medicine and to medical education.
The University of Tasmania acknowledges the support of the Medical Protection Society of Tasmania Inc.
in the presentation of the lecture.