A new CEO has been appointed to head the National Health and Medical Research Council. Distinguished medical researcher Professsor Anne Kelso AO will succeed Professor Warwick Anderson AO in this important role, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced.

“Professor Kelso’s experience and expertise will be a great asset to Australia’s leading expert body for health and medical research and help Australia build on its reputation as a world leader in medical innovation,” the Minister said.

Professor Kelso’s roles have included Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza, working on surveillance and vaccine policy relating to pandemic viruses, and providing technical advice to health ministers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

She was also the Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology from 2000-2006.