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Former Burnet Institute Board Members Neil Edwards and Professor Jim McCluskey have been acknowledged for their community service with 2018 Queens Birthday Honours.
A Burnet board member from 1998 to 2011, Professor McCluskey was named an Officer in the General Division (AO) for his distinguished service to medical education, as an academic in immunology, and through research into immune systems response to viruses.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne since 2011, Professor McCluskey has published extensively on how genes control immunity, mechanisms of autoimmune disease, immune recognition and the basis of transplantation matching.
Mr Edwards was made a Member in the General Division (AM) for his significant service to business and commerce through corporate governance and leadership roles in the public and private sectors.
Warm congratulations also to Director of the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia, Professor Jonathan Carapetis.
He was awarded an AM for significant service to medicine in paediatrics, particularly the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a preventable condition caused by an abnormal immune reaction to strep infection of the throat and skin.
Former Director of the Kirby Institute, the late Professor David Cooper was made a Companion in the General Division (AC) for his eminent service to medicine, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS research, as a clinician, scientist and administrator, to the development of treatment therapies, and to health programs in South East Asia and the Pacific.