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Biographical entry Lance, James Waldo (Jim) (1926 - 2019)

CBE, AO, FAA

Born
29 October 1926
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Died
20 February 2019
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Neurologist

Summary

Jim Lance was the first Professor of Neurology in Australia, holding a Personal Chair at the University of New South Wales from 1975 to 1992. Earlier he had been Senior Lecturer in Medicine (1961 - 1963) and Associate Professor of Medicine (1964 - 1974). He was founder of the neurology departments at the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals in Sydney. His research was into disorders of the motor system and headache mechanisms, leading to work on serotonin and the discovery of triptans, used to treat migraines and cluster headaches. This research earned him an international reputation, reflected in the annual award of the James Lance Award by the Brian Foundation. Lance was also the foundation President of the Sydney (later Australian) Movement Disorder Society.

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1950
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
1950 - 1951
Career position - Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in New South Wales
1952 - 1953
Career position - NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Sydney
1952 - 1953
Career position - Tutor in Physiology and Medicine at St. Paul's College, University of Sydney
1954
Career position - House Physician at Hammersmith Hospital in London
1955
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at the University of Sydney
1955
Career position - Assistant House Physician at the National Hospital in Queen Square, London
1956 - 1957
Career position - Superintendent of the Northcote Neurological Centre in New South Wales
1956 - 1960
Career position - Tutor in Physiology and Medicine at St. Paul's College
1956 - 1961
Career position - Honorary Assistant Physician at the Sydney Hospital
1956 - 1962
Career position - Visiting Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Sydney
1957 - 1961
Career position - Honorary Assistant Physician at St. Luke's Hospital
1960 - 1961
Career position - Lilly Foreign Education Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
1961 - 1963
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of New South Wales
1961 - 1992
Career position - Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals
1964 - 1974
Career position - Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales
1967
Career position - Harold G. Wolff Memorial Award received from the American Association for the Study of Headache
1975
Award - Gold Medal received from the British Migraine Association
1975 - 1992
Career position - Professor of Neurology (Personal Chair) at the University of New South Wales
1977
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1978 - 1981
Career position - President of the Australian Association of Neurologists
1980 - 2019
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1983
Award - Harold G. Wolff Memorial Award received from the American Association for the Study of Headache
1984 - 1985
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Academy of Science
1987 - 1989
Career position - President of the International Headache Society
1988
Career position - Inaugural President, Sydney Movement Disorder Society
1989
Career position - President of the Fourth International Headache Congress
1989
Award - Arnold Friedman Distinguished Clinician/Researcher Award received from the American Association for the Study of Headache
1990 - 1991
Career position - Director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences at The Prince of Wales Hospital
1990 - 1993
Career position - Vice-President, World Federation of Neurology
1991
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1991
Career position - John Graham Senior Clinician Award received from the American Association for the Study of Headache
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in neurology and neurosciences

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  • Anon, 'Professor James Waldo Lance AO CBE FAA FRACP FRCP 29 October 1926 to 20 February 2019', Australian Academy of Science newsletter, 125 (2019), 17. Details
  • Kiernan, Matthew, Goadsby, Peter J. and Burke, David, 'Marco Polo of Australian neurology [James Waldo Lance]', Journal of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry, 2019 (2019), 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2019-320989. Details

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See also

  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details

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