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Professor Alan Cass has served in his current role as Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin from 2012. He is a leading Australian kidney specialist with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
After completing a PhD at the University of Sydney on the determinants of end-stage renal disease from 1998-2002, Alan went on to complete a Harkness Fellowship in health policy at Harvard University in the United States in 2003. He is currently a chief investigator for the Kanyini Vasular Collaboration, which aimed to bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous researchers, health providers and communities across Australia to conduct research to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with heart disease, diabetes and/or kidney disease. Alan was also Director of the Renal and Metabolic Division at the George Institute.
Alan has several memberships and affiliations with other organisations, including:
He has interests in research across the clinical, health service and public health areas, with a focus in chronic kidney disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, acute kidney injury, qualitative research and health policy. He has worked closely with state and federal governments in the development and evaluation of chronic disease programs and strategies.
In 2003, Alan and his research team from the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health in the Northern Territory won the Wyeth/Medical Journal of Australia Award for their qualitative research project into factors limiting health communication with Aboriginal patients. In 2013, Professor Cass was awarded the TJ Neale Award by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology to recognise his outstanding contribution to the field of nephrological science through his research into kidney disease and its impacts.