Colin Masters is a leading Australian neuroscientist. He was Professor of Pathology at the University of Melbourne, as well as Chief of Neuropathology and Director of Research Laboratories at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria and Consultant in Pathology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2001 he was Deputy Chair of the Special Expert Committee looking at the transmission of mad cow disease in Australia. Masters' achievements have been recognised through many international prizes and awards. He is widely published with some 218 refereed journal articles and four books. In 2002 Masters was the recipient of the Mayne Florey Award for his groundbreaking work relating to Alzheimer's disease.