Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC, and Associate Director (Clinical Research), Professor Suzanne Crowe AM, have been acknowledged for their contributions to medical research with their election as fellows of the newly established Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
Launched in Canberra on Wednesday night by Federal Health Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, the academy was established to promote health and medical research and provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and research in Australia.
Professors Crabb and Crowe are among 116 eminent Australians appointed as fellows of the academy in recognition of their excellence and leadership in health and medical research.
“I am deeply honoured to join with so many people I respect and admire, especially my Burnet colleague Professor Suzanne Crowe, as an inaugural fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences,” Professor Crabb said.
“The formation of this academy is perfectly timed to continue the momentum towards an Australian economy that understands and values the role that health and medical research plays, both now and, most notably, at an accelerated rate in the future.
“This academy is designed to bring health and medical research to the community and to foster the next generation of research leaders. This will play an important part in bringing to fruition the vision of both sides of Parliament to have health and medical research as a centrepiece of future policy.
“Without it, our economy and the health of Australians and those throughout the world will be worse off.”
Professor Crabb was recognised for his significant contributions as a malaria research scientist; for his leadership of Burnet Institute, and for his work in promoting medical research through the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) of which he is immediate past president.
The head of Burnet’s International Clinical Research Laboratory, Professor Crowe is also an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Monash University and a World Health Organization consultant with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases.
“I am very grateful that my clinical, basic and translational research, and that of my team, has been recognised by my Fellowship within the first group inducted into the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Research,” Professor Crowe said.
“Thus far I have mentored or supervised more than 90 young scientists, over 60 percent of whom are women, and I look forward to continuing to support my younger colleagues, particularly women, in their research endeavours through this Fellowship.”
The academy was formed to address key challenges for translating Australian research into better health outcomes identified in the 2012 McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research.
Federal Health Minister Ley expects the academy to capitalise on Australia’s record as a world leader in health and medical science.
“The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences will draw on a significant breadth of knowledge to provide government with advice on health priorities where medical research can and should make a difference,” Ms Ley said.
“Australia’s research sector continues to produce the knowledge, techniques and products that save lives and improve quality of life both today and for years to come.”