Key Challenges In Global Health was the theme of the keynote speech by Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC at the 2015 Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet Address in Traralgon on Wednesday evening.
The address, organised by the Gippsland Regional Group of the Order of Australia Association (Victoria Branch), is held annually in honour of Sir Macfarlane Burnet who was born in Traralgon in 1899.
Professor Crabb spoke of his areas of special interest including the development of a malaria vaccine and the identification of new drugs to treat and prevent malaria, as well as the study of infectious diseases, particularly those affecting the developing world.
The need for science to work together with development to be most effective in health was a special theme of Professor Crabb’s address.
Many of the most significant advances in health, he observed, are based in part on the simplest approaches, such as clean water and sanitation, which together with vaccines had ‘changed the world’.
Professor Crabb is the Immediate-Past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), and Chair of the Victorian Chapter.
He holds Professorial appointments at The University of Melbourne and Monash Universities and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2015 Australia Day Honours for his contributions to medical research and global health.
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Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)