The Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel has been appointed to provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through this Mission. Its role is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through Mission research funding to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities. This role includes the definition of key research questions that, if answered, will deliver meaningful change to patients through the translation of research.

Expert Advisory Panel members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the Mission and with other MRFF-funded research.

Further information on the roles and responsibilities of MRFF Expert Advisory Panels can be found in the MRFF Mission Governance resource.

The Stem Cell Therapies Mission will accelerate stem cell therapy research in Australia, which has the potential to:

  • revolutionise the practice of medicine
  • transform patient care


The Australian Government appoints the Expert Advisory Panel. It is co-chaired by independent Chairs and includes members appointed for their expertise in research, clinical, commercial or community aspects of stem cell medicine.


Background and experience

Professor Melissa Little


Professor Little is Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Professor Mark Kendall


Professor Kendall is ANU Entrepreneurial Fellow Professor at WearoptimoTM Enterprise.

Dr Dan Grant

Dr Dan Grant is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of MTPConnect (MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre).

Associate Professor Pritinder Kaur

Associate Professor Professor Kaur is a Group Leader/Lab Head in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University.

Dr Maria Kavallaris AM

Professor Kavallaris is Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program at Children’s Cancer Institute and Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at UNSW Sydney.

Professor Simon Koblar

Professor Koblar is a professor at the Adelaide Medical School within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Megan Munsie  

Associate Professor Professor Munsie is an Academic Specialist in the Anatomy and Neuroscience Department of the University of Melbourne.

Professor Iona Novak

Professor Novak is Head of Research at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, University of Sydney.

Professor Peter Rathjen AO

Professor Rathjen is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.

Dr Siok Tey

Dr Tey is the Team Head of Translational Cancer Immunotherapy at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Dr Christine Walker

Dr Walker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chronic Illnesses Alliance.

Professor Stephanie Watson

Professor Watson is a professor at the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney.

Terms of reference

We will make the terms of reference available once the Government endorses them. 


The Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel meets up to two times a year, with additional meetings held if needed.

Related committees and groups

The Expert Advisory Panel reports to the Minister for Health.

We provide secretariat support to the panel.


Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel contact

Contact for further information on the Stem Cell Therapies Mission Expert Advisory Panel. The Stem Cell Therapies Mission is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

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Last updated: 
11 December 2019