Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health - Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor
Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
Graeme Young underwent secondary education at Northcote High School Melbourne and subsequently graduated MB, BS in 1969 from the University of Melbourne. After attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1978), he studied overseas on a Fogarty International Fellowship (NIH) and RACP Travelling Scholarship at Washington University, St Louis. He graduated MD in 1981 (University of Melbourne, research), and in 1997 was appointed as the foundation Professor of Gastroenterology at Flinders University of South Australia, and Regional Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Southern Adelaide Health Service. In 2002, Graeme was additionally appointed as Director of Development, Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. In 2005, he became Head of the Flinders Cancer Control Alliance, subsequently the Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control (FCCPC) and now Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC). In 2011,he became Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health at Flinders University while relinquishing his clinical appointments.
MB BS, Melbourne 1969
MD, Melbourne (by research thesis) 1981
FTSE, Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 2008
AGAF, Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association, 2009
In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine.
In 2013, he received the South Australian Scientist of the Year Award.
In 2011, he was awarded the title of Mathew Flinders Distinguished Professor from Flinders University.
In 2009, Graeme was awarded the Distinguished Research Prize of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at its 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Sydney. Also, he was elected a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF).
In 2008, Graeme was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (AATSE).
In 2007, Graeme was awarded South Australian of the Year in Health for his screening research and the role he played in the establishment of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Also in 2007, he was recognised as one of the fifty most influential people in South Australia.
In 2006, he received a 'Ten of the Best' award from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia for his research into screening for colorectal cancer.
Graeme was appointed as CSIRO P-Health Flagship Fellow in 2005, and in 2009 he was awarded Adjunct Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore India.
Professor of Global GI Health - leader of the research teams (molecular biology, cell biology, population screening, nutrition)
Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the FCIC.
2015 onwards; Chair, The Salvation Army Moral and Social Issues Council, Australia Southern Territory.
2012-2013 Consultant, Zinc Panel, NICHD funded BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) initiative.
2012-ongoing Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
2005-2013 Chairman, Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee, World Endoscopy Organization (WEO)
Graeme's teaching interests focus mainly on prevention of colorectal cancer but spread more broadly to cover most of gastrointestinal sciences. He is experienced in education across most branches of health care professionals and students, although his major focus would be to Gastroenterologists, health service providers in public health and cancer prevention including screening, and scientists working in fields related to bowel health.
He has an international reputation, especially in the broad field of colorectal cancer and its prevention and colorectal epithelial biology. He has many publications including articles on intestinal cell biology, mechanisms of dietary prevention, screening and surveillance for colorectal cancer, dietary impact on colorectal disease, colonic fermentation of dietary substances and public health issues related to bowel health and bowel cancer. He is the senior editor on several comprehensive textbooks and contributes chapters to major textbooks on gastrointestinal medicine.
He currently heads a multidisciplinary research initiative at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. He has several teams of research personnel covering population screening, clinical research, epithelial biology and molecular biology. He has attracted funding from Australian and overseas bodies, including NHMRC, Cancer Councils, NIH, industry, Australian Cancer Research Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NGOs and government.
In terms of leadership and peer processes, he is now Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the FCIC. He has participated in and/or chairs national committees or boards including the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, NHMRC, and National Cancer Control Initiative. He has served as a council member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia for 12 years. He has advised several international research bodies (including US National Cancer Institute), organisations involved in management of cancer (e.g. WEO, UICC) and biotechnology companies. He is a founding Board Member of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and is the Chair of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee.
He has advised health authorities in Australia, and a number of countries around the world including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Netherlands and other countries on aspects of prevention of colorectal cancer. In 2012, he was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a global process re-examining the role of zinc therapy in diarrhoea and malnutrition in developing countries.
From 2015 onwards; he became Chair of The Salvation Army Moral and Social Issues Council, Australia Southern Territory.