UOW’s Professor Yerbury passes at 49

July 31, 2023 9:39 am in by

Renowned Univerty of Wollongong researcher, Professor Justin Yerbury, has died aged just 49.

On it’s website, UOW said just as the Professor’s research into ‘Motor Neurone Disease’ began following the diagnosis of family members he too was diagnosed with it in 2016.

“Justin Yerbury transformed his personal adversity into a mission of positivity. His groundbreaking research that has provided valuable insights and optimism for many affected by MND,” UOW Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Patricia Davidson said.

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Senior Professor Eileen McLaughlin, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, said: “Justin’s work with staff and students leaves a lasting impact. He was more than a scientist and leader; he was a mentor, a source of inspiration, and a friend. We learned more from him than science, he taught us the true meaning of resilience and the power of hope.”

His funeral will be held at the UOW’s University Hall, this Wednesday, 2 August, at 11am.