Michael Alpers

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Michael Philip Alpers AO FRS is an Australian medical researcher, and John Curtin distinguished Professor of International Health, at Curtin University.[1][2]


Alpers graduated from University of Adelaide with a B.Sc. and M.B.B.S. and from University of Cambridge with an M.A.

Career and research[edit]

After graduating, he commenced a career, ultimately resulting in investigating kuru disease.[3][4][5]

He is Honorary Senior Research Associate University College London.[6]

Alpers and his work are the main theme of Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery (2010).[7] He is interviewed in The Genius And The Boys (2009).[8]


  1. ^ "Staff Profile - Professor Michael Alpers".
  2. ^ http://cms.riaustralia.org.au/science/people/healthcare_medicine/michael_alpers.jsp[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.med.monash.edu.au/news/2009/michael-alpers-biography.html
  4. ^ Stocklin, W. H. (2008). "My kuru adventure". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 363 (1510): 3666–3667. doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.4031. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 2735548.
  5. ^ "Michael Alpers (FRS), Kuru, and Papua New Guinea:". Health and History. 14 (2): 26–45. 2012. doi:10.5401/healthhist.14.2.0026. ISSN 1442-1771.
  6. ^ https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/research/personal?upi=MALPE79
  7. ^ Kuru: The Science and the Sorcery (2010) on IMDb
  8. ^ The Genius and the Boys (2009) on IMDb