John Funder

John Funder

AC MD BS PhD FRACP FRCP LLD (Hon Monash University), DMedSci (Hon University of Melbourne), MD (Hon. University of Sydney)

Chair of NICM Advisory Board

Member of NICM Research Committee

Professor John Funder is a Senior Fellow at Prince Henry's Institute (opens in a new window). He joined Prince Henry's Medical Research Centre in 1973 where he went from Senior Research Fellow to Senior Principal Research and Deputy Director. In 1990 he became Director of the Baker Institute in Melbourne and upon his 'retirement' in 2001 he became a Senior Fellow at Prince Henry's. 

Professor Funder's area of research has been in studying aldosterone, the salt-retaining (mineralocorticoid) hormone, and the role of the mineralocorticoid receptor in organs such as the heart and kidney.

Over the past decade his clinical and basic studies at PHI, and elsewhere, 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 the  mineralocorticoid receptors, across a spectrum of disease states.

He has active research collaborations at MIMR-PHI (especially the Cardiovascular Endocrinology and Steroid Receptor Biology laboratories), the University of Sydney, with colleagues in the US and Europe, and in the pharmaceutical sectors. 

Professor Funder has published over 500 scientific papers.