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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 the current Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes. He was President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes from 2012 -2014.

Professor Crabb was awarded a a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his contributions to medical research and global health in the 2015 Australia Day honours.

He is a medical researcher and health administrator and advocate committed to improving the lives of poor, vulnerable and marginalised communities. 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 a member (and former Chair) of the US-based Malaria Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Committee.

Professor Crabb holds Professorial appointments at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. 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.

He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the UK-based Sanger Institute’s Malaria Program and the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science. Professor Crabb was the Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading parasitology research journal, the International Journal for Parasitology, from 2006 to 2009.

Professor Crabb has a strong interest and long-standing involvement in education. He was a full-time teaching academic at the University of Melbourne and is currently involved in educational and curriculum development activities for high school students and teachers through the Gene Technology Access Centre (gtac.edu.au).

In addition to his own research, education and research leadership roles, Professor Crabb is passionately committed to science and medical research advocacy, and in particular to drawing attention to the critical role health innovations have had, and will continue to have, on the development of mankind.

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Appointments

  • Director and Chief Executive Officer, Burnet Institute, 2008-ongoing.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA and SA Pathology from 2015.
  • Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) from 2014.
  • President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), 2012-2014.
  • Member, Alfred Medical Research & Education Precinct Council from 2013.
  • Board member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) from 2012.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) from 2012.
  • Member, PATH/Malaria Vaccine Initiative Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Council, USA from 2008
  • Professor (Adjunct), University of Melbourne and Monash University.
  • Board Member, AMREP AS Pty Ltd
  • Board of Management, Gene Technology Access Centre.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Malaria Program, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

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 (22)

2016 (5)

2015 (6)

2014 (7)

2013 (4)