Infectious disease expert named Director of Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

February 14 / 129

Leading infectious disease expert Professor Sharon Lewin has been named the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity’s inaugural Director.

The Doherty, on the corner of Grattan St and Royal Pde, brings together the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, the Nossal Institute, Victorian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.

Professor Lewin is an internationally renowned researcher in HIV/AIDS. She is co-head of the Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute and is co-chairing the International AIDS Conference, AIDS2014, to be held in Melbourne in July with Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, President, International AIDS Society and 2008 Nobel Laureate for the co-discovery of HIV. 

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor Stephen Smith warmly welcomed Professor Lewin’s appointment. 

“Professor Lewin is an infectious diseases physician who will bring extensive research, clinical, and teaching experience to this role,” he said. 

“She will work together with all our partners to establish the Peter Doherty Institute as one of the leading centres for research into infectious diseases and immunity in the world.

“Professor Lewin will take the Doherty to the forefront of technical advances in infectious diseases by bringing cutting-edge research directly to patient care thus leading to the best possible outcomes for patients.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor James McCluskey said the Doherty was a fine example of partnership between academia, hospitals and research.

“The Doherty will provide the most effective treatments in infectious disease immunity and will conduct world-leading research. It will deliver breakthroughs in cutting-edge advances and treatments and to the people of Victoria and beyond,” he said. 

Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis said the entire project has only been possible through generous funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

"The Institute was named after the esteemed Nobel Laureate (1996) and Laureate Professor at the University, Peter Doherty who is also the Patron of the Institute,’ he said. 

Professor Lewin is expected to begin her directorship of the Doherty in September 2014.

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