Professor John Prins


Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 3163 2556


Professor John Prins is an active clinician-scientist, a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia and sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non government organisations and industry.

Professor Prins undertook his clinical training in endocrinology in Brisbane and then completed a PhD in adipose tissue biology at The University of Queensland (UQ). Then followed a postdoctoral research appointment was at the University of Cambridge, UK, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He returned to Brisbane in 1998 after being awarded a Wellcome International Senior Research Fellowship.

In 2004 he was Founder/Director of the UQ Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, one of the most prominent and successful groups on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, which merged with the UQ Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR) in January 2007 to form the UQ Diamantina Institute. In 2009 Professor Prins was appointed CEO/Director of Mater Research. He is also Professor of Endocrinology in the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UQ and is a Senior Staff Endocrinologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Professor Prins has substantial commercialisation experience, holds four international patents and was founder and scientific director of a spin-out biotech company—Adipogen Pty Ltd. He sits on numerous Australian and Global Pharmaceutical Scientific & Clinical Advisory Boards. His current corporate roles include directorships of Metro South Hospital and Health Service ($2.3b) and the Mater Foundation ($80m). He is the Research Representative on the Mater Hospital Group Executive.

Professor Prins is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training and has ongoing research interests in obesity, diabetes and intellectual disability. His research has attracted substantial government, NGO and Industry funding. He has published over 150 papers with over 10,000 citations and has an H index of 44 (Web of Science).


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland


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  • Prins, J. B. Lipids and atherosclerosis. Edited by C.J. Packar and D.J. Rader London, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis, 2006.

Book Chapter

  • Robinson, Katherine, Prins, John and Venkatesh, Bala (2016). Adipokines in critical illness. In Jean-Charles Preiser (Ed.), The stress response of critical illness: metabolic and hormonal aspects (pp. 169-183) New York, NY, United States: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27687-8_14

  • Cohen, J., Prins, J. and Venkatesh, B. (2007). Plasma cortisol: Time to look deeeper?. In J. L. Vincent (Ed.), 2007 Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (pp. 106-112) Berlin; Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

  • Hutley, L., Newell, F. S., Suchting, S. J. and Prins, J.B. (2001). Adipose tissue. In M.R. Koller, B.O. Palsson and J.R.W. Masters (Ed.), Human Cell Culture V ed. (pp. 173-187) Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Pubs.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision