Professor Alan Wigg

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

+61 8 82044964
place Health and Medical Research Building (Level 3)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Wigg graduated in Medicine from Adelaide University in 1992. He obtained his fellowship from the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1999, as a specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He then completed a PhD at Flinders University, studying hepatocyte culture in bioartificial liver devices, in 2004. Post doctural studies occured at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Transplant Unit, Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2004. During 2013-14 Associate Professor Wigg also undertook further post doctoral training at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.


2019- Professorial Fellow

2014- Associate Professor, Flinders University

2006- Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

2004- PhD, Flinders University

1999- Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians

1992-MBBS, Adelaide University

Honours, awards and grants

Awards and Prizes

2018: Ranked number one/Field Leader for Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research. The Stars of 2018- Australia's Field Leaders in Health and Medical Sciences. The Australian Newspaper, Septmeber 2018.

2015: Winner Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Excellence Award Dision of Surgery: The Liver failure Program.

2016: Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Clinical Excellence Award for Access to Care; The Hepatitis Outreach Program.

2011: Oral presentation at American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Annual Meeting. Randomized pilot trial of a chronic disease management intervention in chronic liver failure.

2003: Mark Jolley Travelling Fellowship Award ($2,000 award from South Australian Postgraduate Association for overseas travel)

2003: AstraZeneca Career Development Award 2003 ($50,000 award for 12 month clinical research program).

2003: Flinders Medical Research Institute Scientific communication Award. Flinders Medical Research Institute Research Day.

2001: Finalist Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology Young Clinician Award (Asia Pacific Digestive Diseases Week, Sydney)

Research Grants

2019: Chief Investigator (CIA) NH&MRC Partnership Grant (APP 1170032). Total value: $ 984,000.

2018: Gastroenterology Society of Australia Inaugural Philanthropic Grant for the sustainable improvement of Australian GI healthcare in a rural or disadvantaged setting. $11,000.

2018: Gilead Sciences Grant. Prevalence of HCC and HBV in Aboriginal populations of South Australia.

2017: MSD Grant, Prevalence of hepatitis C in psychiatric inpatients. $100,000.

2015: Abbvie and Norgine grants: Hepatitis Outreach Programs in rural South Australia.

2013: FMC Foundation Research Seeding Grant, $10,000, Predictors of hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence post thermal ablation.

2013: FMC Foundation Research Seeding Grant, $14,000, Liver Transplant Outcomes in an Indigenous Australian Population.

2009: Pillar Research Grant, Roche, $10,000, Impact of a Liver Failure Service for Patients with Cirrhosis.

2009: FMC Foundation Research Seeding Grant, $13,000, The influence of recipient and donor genetics on the pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus after liver transplantation.

2000-2002: NH&MRC Postgraduate Medical Scholarship.

Key responsibilities
Clinical: Current Head of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Medicine Unit, Flinders Medical Centre
Research and Teaching: Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
Teaching interests
  • Hepatology
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Chronic Liver Failure
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
Supervisory interests
Clinical hepatology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Hepatology (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Asif Chinarratha

Publication Award - OCT 2015