Senior Medical Advisor, National Surveillance - AMR and Antibiotic Usage
On 15 July this year, Professor Chris Baggoley stepped down from his position as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Australia – a position he held for more than five years.
Professor Baggoley was an extremely effective CMO, who during his term of office had to deal with health crises ranging from silicone breast implants to Middle-East respiratory syndrome (MERS CoV), Ebola and Zika. Chris’s international profile is evidenced by his appointment as Chair of the WHO Emergency Committee on Middle-East respiratory syndrome, and as a member of the WHO Emergency Committee on Ebola and the International Agency on Research on Cancer.
Apart from dealing with major health emergencies, Chris made important contributions to Australia’s long-term health goals as a strong advocate for immunisation and strategies to deal with antimicrobial resistance.
Chris has been a good friend of the ASM. His friendly attitude and genuine interest endeared him to many of our student members. Chris recently gave an excellent public lecture as part of our Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth. This lecture clearly illustrated Chris’s great depth of experience, humility and composure, which made him such an effective CMO.
The ASM congratulates Chris on his outstanding period of service. We thank him for his many important contributions to improving the health of all Australians, and wish him all the best for the future.
Conference title: Australian Microbial Ecology (AusME) - a single stream conference on Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology
It is no surprise that there is little new for science in tonight's Federal Budget. After the announcement of the $1.1 Billion National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December, it was unlikely additional measures would follow.
Some measures include:
The Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Pathology West (ICPMR), the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Public Health (CIDM-PH), the Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney (MBI), and the Centre for Research Excellence in Critical Infections, University of Sydney (CRE Critical Infections) are proud to co-host this wonderful event to celebrate a lifetime of Professor Lyn Gilbert's achievements with a research symposium Advancing Control of Communicable Diseases through Innovation and Translational Research.
Australasian Medical Research and Clinical Societies applaud support of vaccination by University of Wollongong academics
This follows on from recent publicity regarding the vaccination and anti-vaccination debate, centered around the press release from the University of Wollongong senior academics http://socialsciences.uow.edu.au/has/UOW208852.html.
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Liaskos and Dr. Catherine Satzke for receiving the inaugural 'Inspiring Women' fellowships!