About George Fink

George Fink is Honorary Professor in the Centre of Neuroscience in the University of Melbourne and Professorial Research Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria of which he was formerly Scientific Director. Before returning to Melbourne in 2003, Fink had been University Lecturer and Fellow in Physiology and Medicine at Brasenose College and the University of Oxford, and served for nearly 20 years as Director of the UK Medical Research Council’s Brain Metabolism Unit in Edinburgh. The latter was followed by 4 years as Vice President Research of Pharmos Corporation, an Israeli-US biotechnology company focused on developing drugs for pain, stroke and other neuroinflammatory conditions.

A Medical graduate of Melbourne University (with honours and Prosector in Anatomy) and a DPhil from Oxford, Fink gained distinction through his seminal research discoveries in neuroendocrinology and psychopharmacology, published in over 360 scientific papers. He has also edited several scientific books, most notably a 4-volume Encyclopedia of Stress (2007) and more recently the first Handbook of Neuroendocrinology. The first edition of the Encyclopedia of Stress was awarded the 2001 British Medical Association commendation for its contribution to Mental Health.

Fink’s many distinctions include Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1989), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1998), the 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Honorary Member of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology.  Fink has served on numerous national and international scientific committees and is past president of the European Neuroendocrine Association.

His personal research has focused on neurohumoral control of the anterior pituitary gland, the steroid control of the hypothalamic-pituitary gonadal and adrenal systems, and sex steroid control of central neurotransmission.