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Professor Michael Toole AM

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After a stellar career spanning decades in infectious disease research and international health at Burnet Institute, Professor Toole retired at the end of September 2021. He remains an Associate Principal Research Fellow at Burnet.

Mike spent more than 40 years in a range of international health areas; communicable disease control (including HIV), maternal and child health and nutrition, and public health in emergency settings. Working for eight years in Thailand, two years in Somalia, and ten years at the CDC in Atlanta, Mike also undertook short projects in more than 30 countries in five continents.

A founding member of Medecins sans Frontieres Australia, Mike is a member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel, the Board of the Three Diseases Fund for Burma, and the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Listen to Professor Toole on Episode 4 of our How Science Matters podcast.

  • 1976: DTM&H. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • 1971: MB BS Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • 1970: Bachelor of Medical Science, Monash University, Australia
  • Associate Principal Research Fellow at Burnet Institute
  • 2006-present: Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • Associate Professor, Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, USA
  • 2021: Retired from Burnet Institute. Now an Associate Principal Research Fellow at Burnet.
  • 2020-21: Technical advisor to Know-C19 at Burnet Institute
  • 2017: Board member Burnet Institute and Special Advisor on Nutrition
  • 2013-2017: Deputy Director (International Program Strategy), Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 1995-2013: Head, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 1986-1995: Medical Epidemiologist, International Health Unit, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA, USA
  • 1983-86: Senior Health Adviser, Oxfam Australia
  • 1981-82: Senior Health Adviser, Refugee Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Somalia
  • 1976-80: Director, Ban Nam Yao Refugee Health Program. Nan, Thailand
  • 1973-76: Medical Resident, McCormick Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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