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Life membership

The awarding of life membership is in recognition of people who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the MBSANZ.

Benefits of Life Membership
  • Recognition of sustained and significant contribution to MBSANZ;

  • Feature on the MBSANZ website as a Life Member;

  • Membership fees are waived for the duration of Life Membership;

  • Entitlement to register for MBSANZ meetings at the Student rate;

  • Contribute to MBSANZ such as through attendance at MBSANZ meetings, supporting the career development of more junior MBSANZ members and reviewing grants and manuscripts for MBSANZ members;

  • A recognised advocate of the MBSANZ and its members.

General principles to be considered for Life Membership
  1. The granting of Life Membership is a great honour and should not be treated lightly. On average, one or less Life Memberships are likely to be awarded each year.

  2. Life Membership should not be considered as a competitive matter and nominees must be considered individually and on their personal attributes and achievements and not in comparison with others.

  3. Granting of Life Membership will be assessed on the balance of contributions by the individual. Criteria are provided for guidance, with the overall contribution of the nominee evaluated. There will be some subjectivity in the granting of Life Membership with the nominee strengths against the various criteria likely to vary. Some nominees will be extremely strong in some criteria but weaker against others, others will be more rounded.

  4. Life Membership is reserved for those who have made a significant contribution for an extended period of time to the MBSANZ.

Criteria to be considered in granting Life Membership
  1. Length of active membership. To have contributed to the MBSANZ to the degree necessary for Life Membership, a nominee will have been a Member and involved with the Society for a significant time. While there is no 'minimum' period of membership, a period of at least 15 years' active membership is an indicator of a long-term commitment.

  2. Positions held and length of time. The nominee should have made a demonstrable and significant contribution to the MBSANZ over a majority of those years of membership. This may include significant contributions (a) while holding positions on the Executive (membership does not by itself constitute a significant contribution); (b) to the education/mentoring/training of younger members; and/or (c) to advancing the cause of the MBSANZ.

  3. Capacity for continued contribution to the MBSANZ. The nominee should be able to continue to contribute to the MBSANZ such as through attendance at MBSANZ meetings, supporting the career development of MBSANZ members and reviewing grants and manuscripts for MBSANZ members.

Nomination Process
  1. Nominations for Life Membership may be lodged at any time with the Public Officer. The nominator must provide a written submission addressing how the nominee measures up against the Life Membership criteria. A person can be nominated and seconded for Life Membership by any current member of MBSANZ.

  2. The Public Officer promptly passes the nomination to the President who Chairs the Life Membership subcommittee which comprises the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President and Public Officer. Should a member of the subcommittee not be available for a substantial part of the period allocated for consideration, the remaining members may co-opt another subcommittee member with suitable background.

  3. The subcommittee considers the nomination against the Life Membership criteria and General principles. Each nomination is considered on its merits. In considering the nomination, members of the subcommittee are not influenced by any personal relationship with the nominee and do not make direct comparisons with other Life Members, nominees or persons not nominated. The subcommittee may request additional information from the nominator if that would assist its deliberations. If the nominee is a member of the Life Membership subcommittee, the nominee will stand aside and the remaining subcommittee members will co-opt another suitable member.

  4. The subcommittee will decide whether or not to grant the nominee Life Membership and provide its decision to the Executive within three months of receipt of the nomination. The subcommittee must provide a statement of reasons for the decision. The decision may address any other relevant aspects of the proposed Life Membership (e.g. method and timing of its granting and announcement).

  5. The decision will be ratified at the next AGM, and successful awardees invited to attend the meeting to be presented with their award.

Forfeiture of Life Membership

Life Membership may be forfeited upon any failure to observe the MBSANZ Constitution, by the Life Member undertaking activities/actions that bring the MBSANZ into disrepute, or evidence that the Life Member no longer meets the criteria for Life Membership. It will be forfeited upon the passing of a special resolution for the removal from Life Membership by the Life Membership subcommittee.

Life members


Eleanor Mackie

Professor Eleanor Mackie is a long-standing member of the MBSANZ, having joined the society in 1997, she has been an active member for 25 years. Eleanor has supported the society as VP in 2016/17 and as a member of the organising committee for the 2010 and 2017 society meetings, as well as session chairs at the 2015 and 2016 meetings.

Eleanor’s contribution to the field of Matrix Biology spans greater than her 117 scientific publications, through the supervision and mentoring of graduate research candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and junior faculty, within her research team, as well as through her collaborations.


Eleanor has also contributed to the global Matrix Biology community as a member of the British Society for Matrix Biology (1991 – 2021), and as a reviewer for the journal Matrix Biology


Bruce Caterson

Bruce attained his Bachelor of Science and PhD from Monash University in the 1970s. Despite leaving Australia in the late 1970s and working in both the US and UK, he has been a regular attendee at MBSANZ meetings and was awarded the Barry Preston Award in 2009. 

Bruce's research has focused on the production, development and use of monoclonal antibody  technologies for studies of connective tissue proteoglycan metabolism in health and disease. These studies have focused on matrix proteoglycan metabolism in musculoskeletal tissues with a particular emphasis on studies involving molecular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of degenerative joint diseases; i.e. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


John Ramshaw

John Ramshaw first joined the MBSANZ around 1981-82 and has attended nearly every meeting since then.  He maintains an active interest since retirement, still attending annual meetings.  His research has been on the commercial applications of collagen, in traditional industries and in the emerging biomedical materials sector.  This has included experimental and consulting activities for more than 50 companies.  His recent book (with Veronica Glattauer) “Biophysical and Chemical Properties of Collagen: Biomedical Applications”, shares his experience in this field.  In addition to extensive contributions to the scientific literature, he has also been awarded a range of Patents.  His contributions were recognised through election as FTSE in 2003 and receiving the MBSANZ Barry Preston Award in 2015.


Miranda Grounds

Awarded life membership in 2021

Ankle and Ligaments

Margaret Smith

After obtaining her doctorate, Margaret worked at the Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Laboratories at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney for 32 years before retiring to country South Australia in 2017. She has over 80 publications on pathogenesis of osteoarthritis and tendinopathy, many involving animal models of these conditions. She has been a MBSANZ member since 1985. From 1989–1998 she was the MBSANZ NSW representative and the MBSANZ Liaison Officer for ASBMB 1998–2002. She was elected MBSANZ Vice President (1998–2001), then Secretary (2001–2003), President 2003–2005 and Secretary (2013–2014). Margaret was on the organising committee for three MBSANZ Annual conferences (2002, 2004 and 2008) and represented MBSANZ at a Bone and Joint Decade Forum at Parliament House, Canberra in June 2011. She has attended all but one of the MBSANZ annual meetings from 1985 to 2016 and given ten oral presentations on her research at these meetings since 2003.


John Whitelock

Awarded life membership in 2021.

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