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Date posted: 6 December 2011
A member of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's Advisory Board, paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Professor Jonathan Carapetis, has been appointed Director of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
Professor Carapetis was named as Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2008. He has been named as one of Australia's top 100 brains in Cosmos magazine, selected in the top ten in Medicine and Health in the Bulletin Magazine's 'Smart 100' list, and attended the Prime Minister's 20:20 summit in Canberra in 2008.
Since 2006, Professor Carapetis has been Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where he forged new directions in research and training to tackle the big problems in Indigenous health.
Retiring Director Professor Fiona Stanley said she was delighted by the appointment.
'Jonathan has outstanding credentials as both a researcher and a leader. The expertise he brings from his time in Darwin will be a great asset to the Institute and further enhance our capacity, particularly in Aboriginal health research and infectious diseases - two areas which account for some of the greatest burden in improving child health.'
Professor Carapetis will take up the position in July 2012. Professor Stanley will continue with the Telethon Institute as Patron and a Chief Investigator on a number of research grants.
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