AAMRI welcomes new President Elect

AAMRI welcomes new President Elect

2nd October, 2018

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) is pleased to welcome Professor Vlado Perkovic, Executive Director of The George Institute for Global Health, Australia as their new President Elect.

The announcement comes on the back of news the previous President Elect, Professor Steve Wesselingh has been appointed as Chair of the NHMRC Research Committee and also to the NHMRC Council. This is excellent news for Professor Wesselingh, and AAMRI is pleased to hear he will be playing such an important role at the NHMRC. As a result of this appointment Professor Wesselingh can no longer take on the position of AAMRI President because of the potential conflict of interest holding both positions would cause.

AAMRI is delighted that Professor Vlado Perkovic has agreed to take on the position of President following our AGM in November.

β€œIt’s great to be handing over to Vlado, an experienced, researcher, clinician and leader, I know that AAMRI will be in capable hands. I look forward to working with Vlado to ensure a smooth transition.” said Professor Tony Cunningham AO, President of AAMRI.

Professor Perkovic said he was excited and honoured to be taking on the new role. “It’s essential that we support priority-driven research that meets the needs of Australians both now and in the future. This can only be achieved by delivering the highest quality research. In Australia we are fortunate to have a wealth of research talent. It’s vital that we nurture and support researchers by delivering clear career pathways across the spectrum and ensure that funding covers every aspect of their research.”

As well as his position at The George Institute, Professor Perkovic is a Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney, and a Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

He leads several international clinical trials and has been involved in developing Australian and global treatment guidelines. He has played a central role in the development of an affordable dialysis system, which was a Eureka Prize finalist in 2017.

Professor Perkovic will be formally appointed as President at the AAMRI AGM on November 27, 2018.