Honorary Professor Anne Kelso to lead NHMRC

February 15 / 152

Professor Anne Kelso
Professor Anne Kelso

Prominent microbiologist, University of Melbourne alumna and Honorary Professor Anne Kelso AO has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) from April 2015.

The appointment recognises Professor Kelso’s work in global health solutions and her eminence as a leading figure in medical research and governance.

She was pivotal in engaging with the international scientific community on influenza strains and immunology during the 2009 flu pandemic which saw the global spread of the deadly new strain N1H1 (swine flu).

University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis commended the appointment.

“Professor Kelso has been an outstanding leader of medical research and its translation to clinical and public outcomes. I join the sector in congratulating her on this important appointment.”

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor Stephen Smith added, “Professor Kelso is a hardworking and dedicated scientist who will continue to be a leader in global health issues and reform.”

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