July 31, 2023
UOW honours the legacy of Professor Justin Yerbury AM
UOW to establish Justin Yerbury Chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases to honour his life and legacy
It is with profound sadness that the University of Wollongong (UOW) shares the news of the passing of Professor Justin Yerbury AM. A leading molecular biologist and an indomitable figure in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Justin's work has left an indelible impact on the scientific community and countless lives around the world.
Despite his own battle with MND, Justin was the embodiment of courage, commitment and hope.
“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.
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.”
In recognition of his extraordinary contributions, UOW is establishing the Justin Yerbury Chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Initiated by Justin and his wife Rachel, this position will honour his remarkable life and legacy, continuing his vital research to understand and treat MND and other neurodegenerative diseases.
We invite the community to help continue Justin’s mission. Donations to the Justin Yerbury Chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases will help further the research that Justin dedicated his life to, fighting neurodegenerative diseases like MND. More information on how to contribute can be found at https://uow.info/for-justin.
Details about memorial arrangements to pay tribute to Justin's exceptional life and pioneering work will be announced in due course.
The University of Wollongong extends its deepest sympathies to Justin's family, friends, and colleagues. As we mourn this immense loss, we also celebrate his enduring legacy that will continue to guide and inspire us in our fight against neurodegenerative diseases.