Professor Henry Burger AO, FAA MD BS FRCP FRACP FCP (SA) FRCOG FRANZCOG Hon.Doct (Liege, Belgium), LL.D (h.c. Monash), Director Emeritus

Professor Henry Burger AO is a member of the Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Professor Henry Burger AO is a member of the Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Professor Henry Burger is an eminent scientist and clinician, with a distinguished career in medical research.

Until mid-2014, he was a practicing clinical endocrinologist with a particular interest in reproductive endocrinology. Professor Burger took up the directorship of the Medical Research Centre at Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1969 and was Director of Prince Henry’s Institute (PHI, a predecessor of Hudson Institute of Medical Research) from 1990-1998. He currently holds the position of Emeritus Director, Hudson Institute, and collaborates with various researchers on projects including research on menopause.

Professor Burger has a long history working in the area of the gonadal hormone inhibin, leading to its purification and cloning and subsequent exploration of its physiology. His research and clinical interests have included the physiology of the menopause and management of the menopause transition, anovulatory infertility, hirsutism, male infertility and female sexual dysfunction.

Among the many notable achievements during Professor Burger’s career are his appointment as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993, his election to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 1994, his selection by the Society of Endocrinology, UK, to receive the 1997 Dale Medal (the highest accolade bestowed by that Society), his election to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1998, the Distinguished Physician Award of the US Endocrine Society in 1999, and an Honorary Doctorate, University of Liege, Belgium 1999. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University. In 2015, Professor Burger was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (FAHMS).Honorary Doctorate of Laws (hc Monash)

He has published over 600 papers, edited numerous books and has been an invited speaker at over 180 national and international conferences.

Current Research:
Endocrinology of menopausal transition

Basic and clinical studies in the physiology of pituitary hormones and gonadal steroids; characterisation and physiology of gonadal inhibin; research on the biology of the fertile period; clinical research on human fertility and infertility, and on the menopause.

Recent Achievements:

  • 2015 – Elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (FAHMS).
  • 2006 – Awarded the NAMS/Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals Morrie M. Gelfand Leadership Award in Androgen Research; this award recognises an individual whose body of research over his/her lifetime has advanced the understanding of the role of androgens (endogenous or exogenous) in postmenopausal women.
  • 2005 – Appointed as an Honorary Member, Society for Endocrinology.
  • 2003 – Awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in endocrinology.
  • 2002 – Recipient of Honorary Fellowship,  the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ad eundem).
  • 2000 – Awarded the NAMS/Wyeth Ayerst Peri-menopause Research Award; this award recognises an individual whose published works have served to increase understanding of clinical management of health issues pertaining to peri-menopausal woman.
  • 1990 – Recipient of Honorary Fellowship, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad eundem).

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