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Distinguished Professor Louis Schofield


Distinguished Professor Schofield is inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) and the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA). He was for 24 years an NH&MRC Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, has twice held an International Research Scholarship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and was co-founder of Ancora Pharmaceuticals Inc. A recognised authority in the immunology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, his research programs cover basic molecular sciences, product development and commercialisation, epidemiology and public health. His approach to malaria has resulted in promising vaccine development programs, and clinical trials in Papua New Guinea and Africa. He has published key articles in the highest ranked international journals and received over 6,500 citations to date.

Location: James Cook University, Smithfield Campus, Cairns

Phone: (07) 4232 1374

Professor Denise Doolan

Deputy Director

Professor Denise Doolan is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow (2018-2022). She is also Deputy Director the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, Director of JCU Centre for Molecular Therapeutics, member of the Strategic Executive Committee of the JCU Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, and on Executive Board of the International Society for Vaccines. Denise is a molecular immunologist, working on the development of vaccines, immunotherapeutics and diagnostics for infectious/chronic diseases that impact global public health. She is passionate about improving the health of the millions of people worldwide suffering from infectious and chronic diseases. Core themes of her research program include: (1) host-pathogen immunity, (2) antigen discovery, (3) vaccine engineering, and (4) biomarker discovery, using state-of-the-art genome-based technologies and human models of disease. She has an extensive experience in strategic direction, funding, management and execution of large research programs with high quality outcomes. She also has strong expertise in vaccine development spanning the complete pipeline from discovery to clinical testing, including regulatory and IP aspects. Her research agenda takes advantage of this expertise to translate basic research findings for practical application. Denise is a named inventor on 13 patent families in antigen discovery, immunology, or vaccinology, and has interacted extensively with biotechnology companies as well as big pharma throughout her career. She has published >150 articles with > 9500 cites and is a recognized world expert in malaria immunology, vaccinology, and omic-based approaches to identify targets for disease intervention.

Location: James Cook University, Smithfield Campus, Cairns

Phone: (07) 4232 1492

Mr Peter Westwood

Head of Operations

Peter’s career spans the human services and tertiary education sectors. For the past 22 years he has worked in administration and senior management roles in tertiary education organisations. Most recently he served as Centre Manager for the University Centre for Rural Health, a Centre of the University of Sydney with over 60 staff delivering rural clinical education for more than 1,300 students from 21 universities annually, as well as maintaining active programs in research and workforce development. Prior to this he was a foundation member of the management team who led the establishment and growth over 14 years of Griffith University’s Health Group which, at the time of his departure had grown to be a faculty of over 11,000 students studying across more than 100 degrees. Peter has held key roles in significant projects including establishment of new schools of medicine and dentistry and major infrastructure projects, development of research initiatives and partnerships, and expansion of clinical education and training partnerships. He has been integrally involved in the development of reforms designed to improve clinical education opportunities and safeguard the interests of clinical training providers and students. Peter has led a major university health clinic operation, and contributed to the development and oversight of off-shore education partnerships. He has led a number of successful multi-institutional funding applications aimed at increasing capacity for clinical education, including grants that are delivering increased clinical education opportunities in regional and rural areas. Among other bodies, Peter has served on the Queensland Clinical Education and Training Council and the Australian Council of Pro Vice Chancellors and Deans of Health Science.

Location: James Cook University, Douglas Campus, Townsville

Phone: (07) 4781 4954

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