Professor Anne Kelso AO


Professor Anne Kelso AO
CEW Member

Chief Executive Officer
National Health and Medical Research Council

Professor Anne Kelso is CEO of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC),which administers Australia’s medical research funding and issues public health guidelines. She is responsible for setting the major objectives for NHMRC, identifying new and emerging health issues and developing strategies to address these.

Anne is an internationally renowned researcher in immunology and influenza, having spent eight years as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza. Previously, she was Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. She has served as President of the Australasian Society for Immunology and as Secretary General of the International Union of Immunological Societies. Anne has also been a member of several governing boards and advisory groups, including the Council of QUT, the Boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the Florey Neuroscience Institutes and committees advising the WHO and the Australian Government on influenza.

Anne holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to science.

Anne supports and promotes the NHMRC in implementing a number of initiatives to advance gender equity such as introducing gender equity policy requirements for all NHMRC Administering Institutions, introducing the Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship awarded to outstanding female research fellows and analysing NHMRC funding data to get a more sophisticated understanding of issues affecting women’s success rates.

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