Professor Barry Marshall NL
Director Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training
Division of Infection & Immunity
School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
UWA Brand Ambassador & WA Ambassador for Life Sciences
Professor Barry Marshall is a Nobel Laureate, Clinical Professor and Brand Ambassador at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Professor Marshall (UWA graduate-class of ’74), and Emeritus Professor J Robin Warren were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall returned to Perth and UWA in 1996 after a tenure at the University of Virginia.
Today, Professor Marshall is the Director of The Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, founded in his honour. In addition to Helicobacter pylori research, the Marshall Centre is at the forefront of infectious disease identification and surveillance, diagnostics and drug design, and transformative discovery. His research has expanded with his group to embrace new technologies including next generation sequencing, and genomic analysis.
CHAIR (to be announced)
Professor Tony Cunningham
Co-Director, Centre for Virus Research,
WIMR; Professor Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney;
Director Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2)
Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases (Sydney ID)
Chair, NSW/ACT Branch, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
NHMRC Leadership Fellow
Professor Anthony (Tony) Cunningham, AO, FAHMS is an infectious diseases physician, clinical virologist and scientist, internationally renowned for his research on the immunobiology of HIV and herpesviruses, his work on vaccine and microbicide development, and as an antivirals expert. He is the Director of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2), a Commonwealth Government-funded institute that aims combat the impact of HIV and hepatitis in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region by bringing together basic researchers with translational scientists and physicians.
Since stepping down from the WIMR director role, Professor Cunningham has continued his research on an NHMRC senior Investigator Grant and become immersed in COVID-19 vaccine development and trialling.
Professor Stephan Schuster
Research Director, SCELSE, Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Professor John Finlay-Jones
Over the past four decades Professor John Finlay-Jones has held positions at Charles Darwin University (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, 6 months) Edith Cowan University (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research, 10 years), the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (Assistant Director, 5 years) and Flinders University (School of Medicine, 20 years, and Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences, 5 years).
Professor Finlay-Jones is currently an Emeritus Professor of Flinders University (College of Medicine and Public Health) and an Emeritus Professor of Edith Cowan University. He is a member or chair of several research advisory boards, and a member of the Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC).
Professor John ChallisUniversity Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Professor John Challis is an experienced health and medical researcher and administrator in University, Research Institute and not-for profit sector; worked primarily in Canada and Australia, served as Chair of Dept Physiology, University of Toronto, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, Vice President Research and Associate Provost, University of Toronto, President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Vancouver BC, Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences, University of Western Australia, Executive Director, WA Health Translation Network. Professor Challis has more than 600 peer publications and articles, H-index 86, trained more than 100 students and postdoctoral fellows; Life member Royal Society of Canada; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK, Royal Society of Biology, UK. In 2020, he was appointed Officer in the Order of Canada for his seminal contributions to the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, and to health research and innovation in Canada and abroad.
Professor Jeff Keelan
Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UWA
Jeff Keelan is Professor of Obstetrics and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Western Australia (UWA, QEII Medical Centre). Originally trained in Auckland in clinical biochemistry and then placental biology, he has made important research contributions in reproductive health, specifically in the areas of placental infection/inflammation, preterm labour & birth, and placental drug transport and metabolism. He is currently leading research into the microbiome in pregnancy and the treatment/prevention of preterm birth.
Professor Keelan is an experienced a graduate student supervisor and mentor and has supervised over 50 research students in his career. He has published almost 200 research articles/reviews which have been cited over 9300 times; his h-index is 54 (Google Scholar, December 2020).