Distinguished Professor Matt Brown
MBBS, MD, FRACP
Matt Brown is a clinician-scientist who trained initially as a rheumatologist before heading into immunogenetics research, initially at the University of Oxford, then between 2005-2016 at the University of Queensland. His particular interest is in the disease ankylosing spondylitis, where he has played a major role dissecting the genetic causes of the disease and developing new treatments for it. He is deeply interested in the translation of genomics into clinical applications, including in common and rare heritable diseases, and cancers. Matt was Director of the University of Queensland, Diamantina Institute from 2011 until 2015. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2016 Matt transitioned to Queensland University of Technology as Director of Genomics where he is enhancing the University’s genomics capabilities and continuing his research with many collaborations and opportunities both in Australia and internationally. In 2014 Matt ranked among ‘The world’s most influential scientific minds’ by multinational media body Thomson Reuters, with his research listed in the top 1% for the number of times his work has been cited by other scientists. Prof. Brown was awarded the honoured title of ‘Distinguished Professor’ in 2017 by the University for his contributions in his field.