Professor John Funder AO

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Professor John Funder AO


Professor John Funder joined Prince Henry’s Medical Research Centre (now Hudson Institute of Medical Research) in 1973 as a Senior Research Fellow, and he later became a Senior Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director. In 1990, he joined Baker Institute in Melbourne as Director and upon his ‘retirement’ in 2001 he rejoined Prince Henry’s Institute as a Senior Fellow.

For the last 40 years, Professor Funder’s research has been focused on aldosterone, the salt-retaining (mineralocorticoid) hormone, and the role of the mineralocorticoid receptor in organs such as the kidney. His clinical and basic studies at Hudson Institute of Medical Research have demonstrated the roles of both hormone and receptor in hypertension and heart failure.

Professor Funder has served as a link between endocrinology and cardiology, and is internationally acknowledged as leading an exciting new era of hitherto unexpected roles for mineralocorticoid receptors across a spectrum of disease states.