Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 14:15

Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC and Chuck Feeney, named Queensland Greats 

Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC and The Atlantic Philanthropies (TAP) founder Chuck Feeney, named amongst the Queensland Greats by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as part of the state’s annual Queensland Day Celebrations.

Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC 

Professor Clements was recognised with the prestigious award for her significant contributions to prostate and ovarian cancer research and for developing cancer research infrastructure and capabilities. Professor Clements is the co-founder and former Scientific Director of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre-Queensland, a dedicated prostate cancer research collaboration between QUT and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, which is now based here at the Translational Research Institute.

The focus of her research is the role of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-related kallikrein peptidases and their utility as biomarkers or therapeutic targets for prostate and ovarian cancer, and she collaborates widely with colleagues in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe.

Charles (Chuck) Feeney 

Charles (Chuck) Feeney is, by global standards, a major philanthropist.His contribution to Australian philanthropy in general, and to the development of educational, scientific and research infrastructure in Queensland, has been nothing short of game-changing.

In 1982 Mr Feeney founded The Atlantic Philanthropies (TAP), which operated anonymously for its first 15 years and, in all, has donated some $10.9 billion to health, education, science and other social causes. Since 1990 Mr Feeney, through TAP, has donated $549 million to Australian and Australian-related entities with the majority of that benefaction directed towards Queensland-based initiatives and institutions including the Translational Research Institute.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the contributions made by the award recipients have enriched the state.“It is important to celebrate, honour and commemorate outstanding people who have contributed enormously to our communities throughout Queensland,” she said.

Professor Clements and Chuck Feeney are two of eight individuals and organisations recognised as Queensland Greats. Journalist Kay McGrath, former police commissioner Bob Atkinson, rugby union legend turned eye surgeon Mark Loane, Indigenous advocate Patricia O'Connor and the Country Women's Association were also named as Queensland Greats by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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