Professor Emeritus Brian J. Morris
F13 - Anderson Stuart Building
Brian Morris was appointed to the academic staff of the Department (now Discipline) of Physiology in 1978 after 3 years of postdoctoral studies in the USA as a CJ Martin Fellow, then an Advanced Fellow of the American Heart Association, firstly at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1975-1976, then at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1976-1978. He has been a Professor since 1999. His research has been mostly in the realm of molecular biology and molecular genetics, with a particular interest in hypertension. He won the Edgeworth David Medal in 1985 from the Royal Society of New South Wales, the 2006 Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, a Scroll of Honour, Australia Day Award for community service from The Waverley Council in 2007, and the Lewis K. Dahl Memorial Award and Lecture in 2010 from the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressue Research. He was until the end of 2010 the Treasurer of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, and has served two 6 year terms on the Executive Committee. He was a foundation member of the editorial board of Hypertension from 1979-1981, and has been a board member in recent years since 2002. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hypertension from 2003-2007. He has over 320 publications and over 6,000 citations to early 2013. His H-index is 40.
Brian Morris is involved in research in several different fields. His long-term interest has been the molecular genetics of hypertension, with a particular focus on genome-wide alterations in gene and microRNA expression in human essential hypertension and rodent models of this condition. He is part of a NHMRC grant with Eugenie Lumbers and colleagues at University of Newcastle on the expression of the various components of the (pro)renin-angiotensin system and other genes in fetal and maternal tissues to determine whether these have a role in premature labour. A major current research involvement is the molecular genetics of longevity, following a sabbatical at Kuakini Medical Center, University of Hawaii in 2012-13 leading to first-author publications. This adds to his long-term interest and publications on molecular mechanisms of ageing, longevity and the influences of dietary factors. He is also publishing comleted work in his Lab on the molecular biology of factors involved in alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs, a process that results in the generation of multiple proteins from most of the genes in the genome. Brian was the first in the world to patent the use of PCR for cervical screening. It was devised to detect the cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (priority date Feb 1987). This interest led to his involvement in promoting the health and medical benefits of male circumcision (www.circinfo.net and www.circumcisionaustralia.org), a field in which he has developed a strong international reputation, with over 50 academic publications.