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After almost a decade at the helm of Australia’s preeminent body for medical research and trusted public health advice, Professor Warwick Anderson is swapping the Senate Estimates waiting room for Chateaux and vineyards as he turns his expertise to the international medical research sector.
In his address to the National Press Club, Professor Anderson will loosen his tie and reflect on the challenges and fluctuations over nine years of funding research and the evolution of public health knowledge.
From guidelines on alcohol to zoonosis, Professor Anderson has overseen it all, all while navigating a narrow path of vested interests and political power plays. With the competition for grants at its most fierce, unforseen levels of chronic disease in the population and healthcare expenditure at an all time high, the challenges for the health sector come from all directions.
In particular, Professor Anderson will look at how to better use the evidence from medical research to more effectively, and sustainably, improve the health of Australians (and the nation’s economy), and the barriers that stand in the way
Professor Warwick Anderson AM is the Chief Executive Officer of NHMRC, Australia’s major governmental funding body for health and medical research. Previously, he was Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Baker Medical Research Institute, following research fellowships at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School.
Professor Anderson obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide. His research has focused on renal causes of hypertension, including the roles of renal vascular remodeling, renal innervation and the renin-angiotensin system. He has published over 170 peer review articles.
Professor Anderson is a Board member of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, a member of Heads of International (Biomedical) Research Organizations. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an International Fellow of the Council for High Blood Pressure of the American Heart Foundation. He serves on the National Science, Technology and Research Committee, and the CRC Committee. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee on Biomedical Science for Singapore. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.
He has been appointed Secretary-General, Human Frontier Science Program effective from July 2015.