Editor-in-Chief Professor Nick Talley

Laureate Professor Nicholas J. Talley AC, MB BS (Hons)(NSW), M MedSc (Clin Epi)(Newc), MD (NSW), PhD (Syd), FRACP, FAFPHM, FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAHMS

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Laureate Professor Nick Talley is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is an expert clinician, educator and researcher, with extensive experience as a leader in the medical and University sectors. He previously held an appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (and Dean) of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle from 2010-2015, and was seconded to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Research (Acting) at the University of Newcastle from June 2013 to March 2014.

Professor Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, has published over 1000 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and is considered one of the world’s most influential clinician-researchers (H index 130, Scopus 2018). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia (since 2015). He is also a leading medical educator and the author of the highly regarded textbooks Clinical Examination and Examination Medicine. In June 2014, Professor Talley was inaugurated as one of the first 15 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) and was elected to the Executive of the Academy.

On Australia Day 2018, Professor Talley was honoured with the Companion of the Order of Australia for "For eminent service to medical research, and to education in the field of gastroenterology and epidemiology, as an academic, author and administrator at the national and international level, and to health and scientific associations."

Professor Talley was on the consultant staff at Mayo Clinic for 12 years in Rochester, MN where he held the rank of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, and was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida from 2007-2010. He was the Foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital for nearly a decade.

Professor Talley is a Senior Staff Specialist and gastroenterologist at John Hunter Hospital and attends clinic and lists on a weekly basis. He currently holds adjunct research appointments as Professor at Mayo Clinic, University of North Carolina and the Karolinska Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (and Past President 2014-2016), the Royal College of Physicians (both London and Edinburgh), the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Positions and Honours

Current Leadership Positions:

  • Editor-in Chief, Medical Journal of Australia
  • Director, Priority Research Centre, Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology
  • Member, MBS Taskforce (Ministerial Appointment)
  • Member, Research Committee, NHMRC (Ministerial Appointment)
  • Board Member, SAX Board
  • Board Member, GESA (Gastroenterological Society of Australia)

Recent Leadership Positions:

  • Honorary Treasurer and Member of the Board: Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Chair, Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) (2015-2017)
  • President, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2014-2016)
  • President-Elect, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, (2012-2014)
  • Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) University of Newcastle, 2013-2014
  • Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Florida, USA, 2007-2010
  • Member of the Rome Foundation Board for 17 years
  • Editor-in-Chief of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (major UK Medical Journal)
  • Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology (major USA Medical Journal)
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute, Board Director (2010-2014)

Honours and Awards (last 10 years)

2006 Distinguished Research Prize for 2006, Gastroenterological Society of Australia
2006 Professor of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, USA
2006 Mayo Clinic, Department of Internal Medicine Research Mentorship Award
2007 Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence, University of Newcastle
2009 Health Care Hero, Jacksonville Business Journal
2010 Vikit Viranuvatti Lecture, Thailand
2010 Bill Silverman Prize 2010, for “Errors in the conduct of systematic reviews of pharmacological interventions for irritable bowel syndrome” Am J Gastroenterol 2010; (105):280-88 (with Dr’s Ford, Moayyedi and Guyatt).
2011 Rome Foundation Board Lifetime Award
2014 Elected (among the first 15) Fellow, Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
2014 Rome Foundation Ken Heaton Award - Paper Most Cited on Functional GI and Motility Disorders, 2012 (to first author Natasha Koloski),
2014 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Educator Award.
2014 Newcastle Innovation Excellence in Innovation Award
2014 NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences Prize (Cell and Molecular, Medical and Veterinary and Genetics)
2015 Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
2015 Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
2015 Laureate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
2016 Ray Clouse Prize: NJ Talley for Best Research Publication. Rome Foundation
2016 David Sun Lecture, American College of Gastroenterology
2017 Master of the American College of Gastroenterology, ACG, USA.
2017 Finalist for the 2017 GSK Award for Research Excellence.
2017 Australia’s most cited academic. Google Scholar November 2017.
2018 NSW Premiers Prize for the NSW Scientist of the Year 2018
2018 Peter Wills Medal 2018 by Research Australia

Disclosures (January 2019 – past 3 years)

Grant / Research Support:
Commonwealth Diagnostics (International) Inc (IBS) (ceased 2017)
Prometheus USA (funding ceased)
HVN National Science Challenge NZ (no financial support)

Biomarkers of irritable bowel syndrome (#12735358.9 -1405/2710383 and (#12735358.9 -1405/2710384)
Licensing Questionnaires (Mayo Clinic) Talley Bowel Disease Questionnaire, Mayo Dysphagia Questionnaire
Nestec European Patent Application No. 12735358.9
Singapore ‘Provisional’ Patent   NTU Ref: TD/129/17 “Microbiota Modulation Of BDNF Tissue Repair Pathway”

Medical Journal of Australia (Editor in Chief)
Up to Date (Section Editor)
Precision and Future Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, South Korea

Adelphi values (functional dyspepsia working group to develop a symptom based PRO instrument)
Allergens PLC
GI therapies (non-invasive device company, consultant and options)
IM Health Sciences, USA 
Napo Pharmaceutical
Outpost Medicine
Samsung Bioepis

GESA Board Member. Gastroenterology Society of Australia

Australian Medical Council (AMC) Council Member
MBS Review Taskforce
NHMRC Principal Committee, Research Committee
Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME)

Avant Foundation (judging of research grants)

Community and patient advocacy groups
Advisory Board, IFFGD (International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders)