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Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)

Background

Professor Brendan Crabb AC is the Director and CEO of Burnet Institute and Immediate-Past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes. Professor Crabb is a molecular biologist with a particular interest in infectious diseases and in health issues of the developing world. His personal research is the development of a malaria vaccine and the identification of new treatments for this disease. He is currently a member of the US-based Malaria Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Committee, the oversight group for leading malaria vaccines under development and was Chair from 2012-2015.

He holds Professorial appointments at The University of Melbourne and Monash Universities and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Until his appointment as Director of 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.

In addition to his scientific career, Professor Crabb is one of Australia’s most active and influential advocates for improved medical research and global health policy. In 2015, advocacy highlights in which Prof Crabb has played a central role include the progress of the Medical Research Future Fund legislation and the launching of the DFAT’s Health Strategy at the Burnet Institute’s Parliamentary function. The focus on innovation, research and evidence in this strategy was a major shift in emphasis from the past.

Professor Crabb was the Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading parasitology research journal the International Journal for Parasitology from 2006 to 2009. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours for eminent service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and their impact on population health in developing nations, as an advocate, mentor and administrator, and through fostering medical research nationally and internationally.

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Appointments

  • Director and Chief Executive Officer, Burnet Institute
  • Member of the Victorian Government SMaRT Panel
  • Council Member, National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Board member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)
  • Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)
  • Board member, Research Australia
  • Board member, Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct Animal Services P/L
  • Member, Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct Council
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA and SA Pathology
  • Foundation Committee Member, Global Health Alliance Melbourne.
  • Committee member, Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes NHMRC/MRFF project committee
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Malaria Program, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS)
  • Member, PATH/Malaria Vaccine Initiative Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Council, USA
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences and selection committee member.
  • Co-chair of the 1st World Congress on Malaria
  • Club Melbourne Ambassador
  • Board of Management, Gene Technology Access Centre
  • Professor (Adjunct), University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Qualifications

  • 1992: PhD, (Virology) School of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne,Victoria, Australia
  • 1988: BSc, (Hons) Department of Microbiology, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1987: BSc, University of Melbourne, Australia

Projects (5)

Publications (32)

2017 (3)

2016 (12)

2015 (6)

2014 (7)

2013 (4)