Internationally renowned researcher to lead medical research peak body

Internationally renowned researcher to lead medical research peak body

1st November, 2012

Professor Brendan Crabb has been elected President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) and will lead the organisation for the next 2 years as the medical research sector faces some of the most significant strategic challenges to its future.

AAMRI is the peak body for Australia’s 41 independent medical research institutes, which collectively manage an estimated $700 million in health and medical research funds each year, and employ more than 8,000 staff and students.

Professor Crabb is a research scientist and the Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. Professor Crabb’s expertise is in the study of infectious diseases, particularly those affecting the developing world. His own special interest is the development of a malaria vaccine and the identification of new targets for therapeutic intervention. In this regard he is the current Chair of the US-based Malaria Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory committee, the oversight group for the major malaria vaccines under clinical development.

Professor Crabb said he was honoured to be elected to lead AAMRI at such a pivotal time for Australian medical research.

“We have a big job ahead of us with the government’s review of the medical research sector due later this year and ongoing pressure on research budgets,” he said.

“Australia has an incredibly vibrant, productive and talented research community and we punch well above our weight in medical research, but there’s work to be done if we want to retain our position on the international stage.

“Investment in a strong health and medical research sector is an investment in the health and wealth of all Australians.”

Professor Crabb holds Professorial appointments at The University of Melbourne and Monash Universities. Until his appointment as Director of the Burnet Institute he was a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia, and an International Research Fellow of the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

With a strong interest in education, the former lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Melbourne is currently involved in educational activities for high school students and teachers through the Gene Technology Access Centre. He also has a long-standing involvement in building the capacity of malaria and researchers in the developing world.

Professor Crabb was the Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading parasitology research journal the International Journal for Parasitology from 2006 to 2009.


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