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Professor Bronwyn Kingwell

BSc(Hons) | PhD, University of Melbourne

Professor Bronwyn Kingwell

Head: Metabolic and Vascular Physiology

Lead: Translational Domain

Co-lead: Physical Activity Program


Melbourne University supervisor

Monash University supervisor

Torrens University supervisor

NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

+61 3 8532 1111

Professor Bronwyn Kingwell is an integrative physiologist and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. At the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute she is Head of the Metabolic and Vascular Physiology Laboratory Program and Co-Leader of the Physical Activity Program (with André La Gerche). She has Professorial appointments in the Department of Medicine and Department of Physiology at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, at James Cook University, the University of NSW and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. She received her PhD in physiology from the University of Melbourne in 1991.

Professor Kingwell’s fundamental and clinical research in arterial biomechanics has elucidated endogenous (genetic, hormonal) and environmental (exercise, diet) mechanisms contributing to large artery stiffening as well as opportunities for therapeutic modulation. She has pioneered the transition of detailed cellular and molecular studies of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in laboratory models, in particular with regard to glucose metabolism, to a human context. This work has opened major new avenues in HDL therapeutics for treatment of diabetes. Her contributions have extended to the mechanisms by which exercise provides health benefits and influenced national and international physical activity guidelines. Professor Kingwell has been a leader in Australian science policy and is an active mentor.

Professor Kingwell has been appointed to leadership roles on the NHMRC and Australian Academy of Science and through these roles has contributed to national research policy and practice, and continues to do so as a current member of the NHMRC and National Heart Foundation Research Committees.

Significant honors and awards

  • Women in Metabolism - Cell Metabolism Rosie Project Distinction (2015)
  • Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Research (2015)
  • NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Award (2014)
  • NHMRC High Achiever in Health and Medical Research (2013)
  • Endeavour Executive Award - Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2011)
  • Franco-Australian Exchange Award, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (2011)
  • Mairie de Paris Award (2011)
  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, RT Hall Prize (2004)
  • Young Tall Poppy Award, Australian Institute of Political Science (1999)
  • Channel 10 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year (1992)

Scientific leadership

  • National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC); Member, Research Committee (2015–17)
  • National Heart Foundation; Research Committee Member (2006–present)
  • Australian Academy of Science; Chair, National Committee for Medicine of the Australian Academy of Science (2009–15)
  • NHMRC; Chair, Translation Faculty Steering Group for Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke (2013–15)
  • BioMedVic Board member (2014–15)
  • National Heart Foundation; Health Advisory Committee Member (2006–14)
  • NHMRC; Member, Program Grant Policy Review Committee (2010–11)
  • NHMRC; Chair, Training Awards Committee (2006–09)
  • NHMRC; Research Committee Member (2003–09)
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR); President (2005)
  • NHMRC; Research Committee Executive (Chair, Evaluations & Outcomes Committee) (2003–05)
  • ASMR; Executive Director, Secretary and Public Affairs (2003–04, Director since 1999)
  • NHMRC Council Member (2001–03)
  • Convenor, inaugural Australian Health and Medical Research Congress (2002)

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