Ken took up the position Chair, Centres of Health Research, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Professor of Medicine University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 2011. He graduated in medicine at the University of Sydney, obtained a doctorate degree from the University of New South Wales and undertook postdoctoral studies at the University of Virginia.
His research focuses on hormones and metabolism, investigating the causation of and treatments for obesity, muscle loss and physical frailty. The work is strongly translational closely integrating laboratory and clinical studies, directed at understanding how hormones act on cells and on the whole body. He has published over 200 scientific papers and written editorial commentaries for the Lancet. He serves or has served on the Editorial Boards of leading endocrinology journals including Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Endocrinology, Growth Hormone and IGF Research and Best Practice in Endocrinology and Metabolism and as Section Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology.
He received the inaugural 2011 Senior Plenary Award of the Endocrine Society of Australia, the 2000 Visiting Trust Professor and the 2008 Asia Oceania Medal of the British Endocrine Society. He is a past-president of the Endocrine Society of Australia and of the International Growth Hormone Research Society and President of the Pituitary Society. He has served on NHMRC discipline review panels and was deputy chair in 2006. He is a member of the Specialist Medical Review Council, Australian Government.