Professor George Jelinek
Author of 'Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis', founder and Honorary Professor at NEU
MD MBBS DipDHM FACEM
Professor George Jelinek is the founder of the Neuroepidemiology Unit (NEU) within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor at NEU.
The NEU's charter is to investigate the modifiable lifestyle risk factors that predict the progression of MS with a view to refining a preventive medicine approach to management of the disease.
Professor Jelinek specialized in emergency medicine, winning the prize in the first specialist examinations in 1986.
He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) and past Vice President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).
He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and was the founding editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia, a MEDLINE-indexed journal that he edited continuously for over 30 years.
For his contribution to emergency medicine, he was awarded the ACEM Medal in 2003, the highest individual honour in the specialty of Emergency Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
The College for Emergency Medicine also awarded him the 2006 John Gilroy Potts Award and the 2012 and 2014 Edward Brentnall Awards, for the best publications in emergency medicine and public health respectively in those years.
Recognizing his contribution to both emergency medicine and multiple sclerosis, Professor Jelinek was a Western Australian finalist for 2008 Australian of the Year, and a Victorian Finalist for the 2016 Australian of the Year.
Most recently, recognising his leading role in MS epidemiological research and strong background in medical journal editing, from 2015 until his retirement in 2019 he was Chief Editor in neuroepidemiology for the leading MEDLINE-indexed neurology journal Frontiers in Neurology, ranked in the top 16% of the top tier 192 neurology journals indexed with Thomson Reuters.
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