The Advisory Board's key objectives are:


The Advisory Board is appointed by the Australian Government and includes 7 members in addition to the head of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Members of the Advisory Board are highly regarded public figures both within the health and medical research sector and the wider Australian community. They have been selected by government to ensure that the Advisory Board has the right skills and experience to deliver on the objectives of the MRFF.



Professor Ian Frazer AC (Chair)

Professor Ian Frazer is a scientist and previous Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Research of the Translational Research Institute. He is now Chair of the Translation Research Institute Foundation Board.

Professor Frazer is President of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science and member of the Commonwealth Science Council. He is also Chairman of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation's Medical Research Advisory Committee

Mr Yasser El-Ansary

Mr El-Ansary is the Chief Executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association where he is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation’s work in representing the private equity and venture capital industry in Australia.

Professor Douglas Hilton AO

Professor Hilton is Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Head of the Department of Medical Biology at The University of Melbourne and former president of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institute.

Professor Peter Høj

Professor Høj is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland, and chair of the Group of Eight board. Before this, he was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia; and CEO of the Australian Research Council.

Dr Deborah Rathjen

Dr Rathjen is CEO and Managing Director of the Bionomics Corporation.

Professor Karen Reynolds

Professor Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute and the Medical Device Partnering Program, as well as Dean (Research) of the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University.

Ms Jennifer Williams AM

Ms Williams is the former Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and is currently the Northern Health (Victoria) Board Chair.

Professor Anne Kelso AO (Ex-Officio Member)

Professor Kelso is the CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Australia has such a strong track record in medical research and discoveries. The members of the Advisory Board have all played a part in building this foundation.


The Advisory Board meets regularly and on an ad hoc basis. Meeting materials are predominantly committee-in-confidence, noting that wherever possible communications from the Advisory Board are posted on this website.

Related committees and groups

No additional committees or groups currently report to the Advisory Board.


Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) program contact

Contact for more information about the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB)

Health and Medical Research Office
HMRO [at]

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Last updated: 
15 November 2018