The Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (VicAAMRI) has announced Professor Elizabeth Hartland as its new Chair to succeed Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC in the role.
Professor Hartland is Director and CEO of Hudson Institute for Medical Research, and Head of the Department of Molecular and Translational Science, Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
She is a trained microbiologist and international leader in the field of microbiology and immunology.
Professor Hartland will be joined by new Chair-elect, Professor Ricky Johnstone, Executive Director Cancer Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Head of the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, University of Melbourne.
“As we begin to emerge from a time of unprecedented challenges to global health, the value of a strong medical research sector has never been more apparent,” Professor Hartland said.
“By supporting Victoria’s outstanding health and medical research workforce and investing in our capabilities, we can cement our place as one of the world’s premier locations for medical research.”
Professor Crabb said it had been a privilege to serve as the inaugural Chair of VicAAMRI.
“Recent years have served to greatly reinforce the important of a strong medical research sector, and Victoria continues to assert its place as a world leading hub for medical research,” Professor Crabb said.
“VicAAMRI’s new leadership team will continue to take our state from strength to strength and help to ensure that we realise the life-changing potential of medical research.”
VicAAMRI extends its warmest thanks and gratitude to Professor Crabb for his leadership and dedication since the organisation’s establishment in 2016.