(L-R) Professor Brendan Crabb, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Professor Doug Hilton at the AAMRI gala dinner in Canberra
After two outstanding years at the helm of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes [AAMRI), Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb’s fixed term as President has ended, but he remains committed to improving the health and medical research outcomes in Australia.
At a gala dinner in Canberra attended by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Federal Health Minister, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Professor Crabb handed the leadership baton to Professor Doug Hilton, Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
Professor Crabb was acknowledged for his many achievements as AAMRI President by the health and medical research sector and leading Australian parliamentarians.
The fight for the full implementation of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and keeping Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers and clinicians onshore for the health of the nation, remain two of the biggest challenges facing AAMRI members, Professor Hilton acknowledged.
“The MRFF is a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ for improved health and economic outcomes for Australia,” Professor Hilton said.
“The MRFF will mean an additional $1 billion each year for health and medical research in Australia by 2022, bringing us back in line with other OECD countries and ensuring our researchers are spending less time applying for funding, and more time being creative and making discoveries.
“As AAMRI President I will continue to pursue a more efficient peer review system, full and transparent funding for research – including indirect costs – and a better deal for our early- and mid-career researchers.”
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