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Burnet's Annual General Meeting looks to the future

Burnet Institute

25 May, 2011

(L-R)Professor Ian Gust AO,the Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC, Professor Mike Toole and Professor Brendan Crabb at the AGM

2010 was a breakthrough year for the Burnet, with record levels of revenue, expenditure on global public health programs and medical research, and our highest ever number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

That was the positive message delivered by the Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb to a packed audience at the Annual General Meeting.

With Patron, the Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser, AC, in attendance along with Board members, donors and staff, the AGM was an opportunity for Professor Crabb to review the successes of 2010 and also look forward to the challenges and goals for this year.

“The past 12 months has been an exciting time for the Institute with a number of strategic initiatives and structural changes implemented, the completion of new laboratory facilities, and a strong performance against our key organisational indicators,” Professor Crabb said.

“A significant portion of time in 2010 was spent developing our strategic plan, which will guide us through the next five years.”

Professor Crabb also paid tribute, as did Chairman Alastair Lucas, to the generous support that Burnet receives from its donors and supporters.

“Our opportunities to support new initiatives, new star recruits and new equipment have improved significantly through very generous gifts to the Institute,” Professor Crabb said.

Chairman, Alastair Lucas also formally welcomed the appointment of three new Directors, Ms Mary Padbury from Blake Dawson, Professor Peter Colman from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Professor Mike Toole from Burnet’s Centre for International Health who will bring further breadth and diversity to the Board.

Associate Professor Paul Gorry was honoured as the 2010 Gust-McKenzie medallist, receiving the award from Professor Ian Gust AO, a foundation Director of Burnet.

The award is bestowed on an outstanding mid-career researcher at the Institute who is recognised for their work and their bright future in the research field.

If you would like a hard copy of the Annual Report to be sent to you, please contact Hazel Squair in our Public Affairs office on (03) 8506 2135 or hazel@burnet.edu.au.

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For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)

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+61392822174

Email

brendan.crabb@burnet.edu.au

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