The Australasian Surgical Research Society
Professor R. P. ('Dick') Jepson while on a ward round with medical students in 1965 at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The Surgical Research Society of Australasia (SRS) meets each year to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of surgical research. The decision to establish the SRS was taken at an informal meeting in Brisbane on the evening of 22 May 1961. All seven of the then professors of surgery in Australia and New Zealand were present at that meeting. It was formally established at the inaugural meeting in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 29 January 1962.
Professor R. P. ‘Dick’ Jepson, besides being the first president, was also the moving spirit in the foundation of the SRS. Among the Australasian professors, Dick Jepson was the only member of the British Surgical Research Society; and the original constitution of the SRS was an almost perfect copy of its British counterpart.
The original aim of the SRS was to encourage young presenters within the context of a small but unified group of academic surgeons. Presenters were put on display and academic reputations were developed around the ability to present and defend a paper. It became a tradition that papers were presented from memory and never read from notes. The SRS continues to play a critical role in the profession of surgery in Australasia.
Ian R. Gough, Glenda A. Balderson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1980.tb04505.x (Volume 50 Issue 1 (February 1980) - pp 87-89)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1988.tb01032.x (Volume 58 Issue 3 (March 1988) - pp 173-174)
John C. Hall, John Ludbrook
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2002.02533.x (Volume 72 Issue 10 (October 2002) - p 750-754)
Abstracts from Meetings of the SRS
1978 Kuala Lumpur