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Pharmacy Alumnus A/Professor Michael Dawson


17 December 2010

The Faculty of Pharmacy would like to acknowledge one of our pharmacy alumni A/Professor Michael Dawson, who passed away recently. Michael will be sadly missed by his peers, former colleagues, as well as the many students who benefited from his teaching.

Associate Professor Michael Dawson was Head of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at the University of Technology, Sydney.

"Michael will be sadly missed by the Pharmacy community" said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. " He was well known and respected in his field and made a number of important contributions to analytical chemistry, and played an advisory role on the functions and effectiveness of regulatory authorities and the social impacts of illicit drug use."

A/Professor Dawson had a life-long interest in the application of separation sciences to complex problems and the role of regulatory agencies and was an expert in the analysis of licit and illicit drugs in biological fluids, bulk materials and finished products.

He also developed a procedure based on the detection of antimony by ICP-MS as a diagnostic procedure for the confirmation of the identity of the sentinel lymph node in people with malignant melanoma.

His expertise as an analytical chemist was acknowledged by his appointment to the Pharmaceutical Sub-Committee of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee in 1995 and subsequent re-appointment in 1998, 2001 and 2005. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Australian Institute of Criminology and was a member of the NSW Police Standing Committee on Amphetamine Control 1993-1998.

He supervised numerous full-time and part-time PhD students as well as several honours students. He also gave much of his time as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases as an analytical chemist and the interpretation of data,relating to drug concentrations in blood, saliva and hair. He published extensively in international peer reviewed journals and made conference presentations in his area of specialty on a regular basis.

"On behalf of the Faculty I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family at this time" said Professor Ramzan. "Michael's company and expertise will be greatly missed".


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