Warwick Anderson Congratulated on New Role

The Australian Government extends its congratulations to Professor Warwick Anderson on his appointment as Secretary-General of the Human Frontier Science Program.

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5 August 2014

The Australian Government extends its congratulations to Professor Warwick Anderson on his appointment as Secretary-General of the Human Frontier Science Program.

The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, thanked Professor Anderson for his service to research in Australia as Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and wished him the best in his new endeavour.

“Professor Anderson has been an ornament to the public service in Australia in his long and distinguished career at the helm of the NHMRC, which began way back in June 2006, when he was appointed by then Minister for Health, Tony Abbott,” Mr Dutton said.

“Since that time, Australia has become a world leader in the field of health and medical research and Professor Anderson has played a key role guiding some of our most gifted researchers in a diverse range of fields and pursuits.

“With a long and distinguished career in medical research before joining the NHMRC, Professor Anderson leaves Australian research in much better shape than he found it and does so with the respect and admiration of his peers.”

Among a host of other achievements, Professor Anderson:

    • Developed targeted funding schemes
    • Oversaw a record number of grants
    • Expanded the scope of disciplines researched
    • Improved transparency in Australian research
    • Introduced initiatives to encourage women in the industry
    • Improved peer review with independent Chairs
    • Introduced the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Commenced the Research Translational Faculty initiative
Professor Anderson is a Board member of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, a member of Heads of International (Biomedical) Research Organizations. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a Fellow of the Council for High Blood Pressure of the American Heart Foundation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Professor Anderson will continue with the NHMRC until he takes up his new role in July 2015.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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