Alan Trounson, Ph.D., is President of CIRM in San Francisco, California, the state’s $3billion stem cell agency (2008-present). Founding Director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories. He founded seven companies and the ‘Australian Stem Cell Centre’. He held a Chair in Paediatrics/Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and also a Chair in Stem Cell Science at Monash University. Has many international awards including; The Welcome Australia Medal (1991), The David deKretser Medal (2009), Monash University Research Medal (2009), Centenary Medal (2002), Patrick Steptoe Medal (1994), Bertarelli Foundation Medal (2004), Barbara Eck Menning Medal (1997). Lifetime hon member SRB, AFS, ESHRE.
He was a pioneer of human in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and the discovery of human embryonic stem cells and their directed differentiation into a wide range of cell and tissue types. He is currently driving basic research in stem cell biology and medicine and facilitating the translation of stem cell discoveries into clinical treatments.