Image: Professor Suzanne Crowe addresses the Festschrift
Friends, family and close colleagues packed the AMREP Lecture Theatre on Sunday for the Festschrift to honour pioneering HIV researcher Professor Suzanne Crowe AM, and her husband, former Burnet Institute Director, Professor John Mills AO.
A foundation staff member of Burnet since 1986, Professor Crowe recently announced her retirement from full-time work, though she will retain the role of Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the Institute as a PhD supervisor, investigator on a number of grants, and as a special advisor.
Image: Professor John Mills, Professor Suzanne Crowe, Professor Brendan Crabb
There were tears and laughs in equal measure during the warm tributes from luminaries including former Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Sir Gustav Nossal AC, former Burnet Director Ian Gust AC, and Director and CEO of the Doherty Institute, Professor Sharon Lewin.
Guests also heard from Burnet Chair Mr Rob Milne, and Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC.
Professor Crowe is a former infectious diseases physician at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital and longstanding member of The Alfred hospital infectious diseases unit.
Image: Professor Sharon Lewin
At the forefront of Australia’s response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Professor Crowe along with colleague and friend Associate Professor Anne Mijch, set up the first HIV clinic in Melbourne in 1984, based at Fairfield Hospital.
She was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 in recognition of her outstanding service to HIV/AIDS research and infectious diseases as an academic and clinician.
An internationally respected physician, scientist and businessman, Professor Mills was Burnet Director from 1992-2002.
He is a former infectious diseases physician at The Alfred, Emeritus Professor at Monash University, and holds professional positions at RMIT, and the University of California, San Francisco.