Elected: 1989
Discipline: Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
Professor George Fink
Professorial Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne
George Fink is a neuroendocrinologist, neuropharmacologist, and psychopharmacologist. He is Professorial Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and honorary professor at the University of Melbourne. Fink is renowned for his research in reproductive neuroendocrinology, in particular the central nervous control of ovulation, and discovery of the unique priming effect of gonadotropin releasing hormone. He is also distinguished for his work on the neuroendocrine control of stress, positive and negative hormonal feedback control in neuroendocrine loops, and the effect of sex steroids on central neurotransmission. Fink was founding editor of the Encyclopedia of Stress (2000 and 2007) and editor of several other volumes on stress including the ongoing Handbook of Stress which is now advancing to volume 5.. An MD (Melb) and DPhil (Oxon), Fink’s research contributions make up more than 350 scientific publications. Fink has received numerous awards including 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology.