Honorary Fellows of the Metabolomics Society

An Honorary Fellowship is a significant lifetime award granted by the Society to exceptional members of our community. Commissioned in 2012, and with up to two awards each year, the Board of Directors is pleased to recognise the following outstanding scientists.

  • Honorary Fellow Nominations are typically open from January – February. Nominations for 2023 have closed.
  • Nominees will be required to meet one of the following criteria: (1) recognised as making outstanding contributions to the Metabolomics Society over a sustained period of time; (2) recognised as making a pioneering and sustained contribution to the science of metabolomics at an international level, within the fields of technology development, computational biology or application to a specific discipline.
  • Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered for appointment for that year, but may be held over for the following year.
  • Any full Member of the Society may nominate a person for consideration as an Honorary Fellow; the nominee does not need to be a member. The nomination should be submitted to the Chair of the Society’s Nominations & Election Committee ([email protected]).
  • The nomination must include the following documentation:
    • details of why this nominee should be considered (500 words or less);
    • explicit mention of the specific contribution (50 words or less, suitable for the election notice on website and plaque);
    • support from at least 2 additional Members in good standing (not student members) and from different institutions (name, email, affiliation);
    • a detailed CV for the nominee.
  • The Board will confirm the nominee’s willingness to accept the recognition, which will be announced at the Metabolomics Society’s annual conference.

2022 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Lorraine BrennanLorraine played a key role in establishing the field of nutritional metabolomics, through the identification of dietary biomarkers and the implementation of dietary interventions, moving the field toward personalized nutrition. Lorraine chaired the 2016 Society annual meeting and has made significant contributions to the Society through workshops, task groups, lectures, and publications.
  • Prof. David BroadhurstDavid’s impact on the field of metabolomics extends to many domains, including pioneering work to promote best practices for statistical rigour, experimental design, quality control, and clinical metabolomics methodology. His many Society contributions include participation in task groups, workshops, publications, lectures, and serving on the Board of Directors.

2021 Honorary Fellows

  • Dr. Timothy EbbelsIn recognition of his founding work in metabolomics, particularly the essential work in NMR data processing and more recently his contribution and promotion of open science by providing open source code. As a former director of the society, he was instrumental in the society's development and training of investigators within the community.
  • Professor Ian WilsonIn recognition of his innovative work in metabolomic analysis, especially in promoting the adoption of HPLC-MS and UPLC-MS-based methodology, and more recently LC-ion mobility-MS, for untargeted metabolic phenotyping. Particularly noteworthy is his work to improve standards and data quality via the introduction of pooled samples for use in quality control.

2020 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Warwick DunnIn recognition of his active and continuous leadership and dedication to the Metabolomics Society and the broader metabolomics community through his commitment to annual conferences, task groups and committees of the Society. His drive to develop and translate reporting standards for metabolite identification is highly admirable.
  • Prof. Gary Siuzdak In recognition of his pioneering role in the development of the field of metabolomics by creating critical enabling technologies, applying them to address important scientific questions, and expanding the field through his outreach, training, and mentorship.

2019 Honorary Fellows

  • Eiichiro Fukusakiin recognition of his pioneering work in the field of food metabolomics and developing powerful analytical methods that have enabled the expansion of metabolomics in many different research areas. His strong passion and efforts to promote the metabolomics field resulted in further growth of the field in Asia.
  • Krista Zanettiin recognition of her dedication and leadership that have enabled the success of important initiatives within the Metabolomics Society and the broader metabolomics community. Her skilled diplomacy has helped unify and steady the development of the metabolomics community during a period of rapid growth. She deserves particular credit for her mentorship of the EMN.

2018 Honorary Fellows

  • Elaine Holmesin recognition of pioneering the use of multivariate statistics for the analysis of spectroscopic data acquired for metabolites, enabling the field of metabolomics/metabonomics to advance in a wide range of disease and therapeutic areas, and being instrumental in applying this approach to the first metabolome/genome-wide association studies.
  • Kazuki Saitoin recognition of his high-profile scientific contributions to plant metabolomics, pioneering the integrated study of metabolomics and transcriptomics, and early service in organizing the metabolomics community. He was a member of Metabolomics Society Board of Directors from 2010-2014, and hosted 5th International Conference of Plant Metabolomics in Yokohama in 2008.

2017 Honorary Fellows

  • Ute Roessnerin recognition of her pioneering work to the field of plant metabolomics and positioning Australia at the forefront of plant mass spectral imaging globally. She has also made a significant contribution to the Metabolomics Society, as a member, director, secretary, president, immediate past president and co-founder the Australia New Zealand Metabolomics Network (ANZMN), which was the first international affiliate to the Metabolomics Society in 2013.
  • Masaru Tomitain recognition of his outstanding contributions in establishing the Metabolomics Society as one of the original board members, host of the first International Conference in Tsuruoka in 2005, and co-organizer of the 10th International Conference in Tsuruoka in 2014. He is one of the strongest proponents of CE-MS approaches and has a sustained record of academic contributions to metabolomics internationally.

2016 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Roy Goodacrein recognition of his pioneering work in establishing the Metabolomics Society (Director 2005-2015) and establishment of the journal Metabolomics (2005) as the premier journal in the field. His sustained record of academic contributions and service as a goodwill ambassador for the area of metabolomics has materially advanced the role of metabolomics in the scientific community.
  • Prof. Matej Orešičin recognition of his groundbreaking development of metabolomics data processing tools and powerful analytical methods that have enabled systems-level investigations of processes that lead to obesity and diabetes, with a specific focus on type 1 diabetes.

2015 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Robert Hallin recognition of his role as a founding pioneer and continuous champion for the use of Metabolomics as a powerful tool to better understand plant biochemistry, and as an acclaimed leader and servant to the Metabolomics community.
  • Prof. Mark Viantin recognition of his pioneering work in driving forward metabolomics developments in environmental studies and for his role in sustained efforts over many years of service to the Metabolomics Society. His vision and initiative revolutionized the Society's operations, interactions and reputation, and expanded the influence of the Society in all corners of the world.

2014 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Oliver Fiehn, in recognition of his role as an advocate and a powerful intellect in establishing the utility of mass spectrometry-based metabolomics for more than a decade, resulting in groundbreaking plant and medical studies.
  • Prof. David Wishart, in recognition of his successful establishment of numerous internationally recognized metabolomics databases and informatics resources that have enabled the advancement of human health, disease, and nutritional metabolomics.

2013 Honorary Fellows

  • Prof. Lloyd Sumner, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to establishing the Metabolomics Society as a truly international and financially sound organisation as both Treasurer and President, and for his seminal research contributions to the field of plant metabolomics.
  • Prof. Douglas Kell, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the fields of metabolomics and Systems Biology, as well as for being a passionate advocator and teacher in these fields.

2012 Honorary Fellows

  • Dr. Rima Kaddurah-Daoukin recognition of her outstanding visionary efforts to found the Society in 2004 and her fantastic contributions and energy to grow a vibrant research community in metabolomics.
  • Prof. Jeremy Nicholson, in recognition of his pioneering and sustained contributions to the fields of toxicological and clinical metabonomics.
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