New chair of Children’s Health Research Alliance appointed

Joint media release – Children’s Health Queensland and Children’s Hospital Foundation

16 July 2019 

Queensland’s pioneering role in paediatric health research is set to continue with the appointment of Professor Allan Cripps AO as the new chair of the Children’s Health Research Alliance.

The Children’s Health Research Alliance is a joint initiative of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
It brings together the ‘best of the best’ minds in paediatric research across Queensland, working collaboratively with their peers around the country and internationally, with an aim to transform health outcomes for children and young people.

Currently a Research Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Professor Cripps has had a distinguished career as both an academic and clinical scientist, working in hospital settings and the pharmaceutical industry. He is the Founding Editor of the Pneumonia journal, the only journal focusing exclusively on the respiratory infection that remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide for children under five.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, the Institute of Biomedical Science in the UK and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.

Professor Cripps has previously served as Chair and Board Member for the National Health Sciences Centre Ltd, and Board member for Research Australia Ltd.  He was Chair of the University Round Table and Philanthropic Sub-committee during his term on the Research Australia Ltd Board.

From 2012 to 2018, Professor Cripps sat on the Board of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and established and chaired the Board Research Committee over this time.

Professor Cripps was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 for distinguished service to tertiary education as a senior administrator, and to public health as a leading immunologist, academic and researcher. In 2016 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of his distinguished contributions to health and medical science in Australia.

Professor Cripps said: “I am deeply honoured in having been appointed to this role. I look forward to working with the Children’s Health Research Alliance to continue, grow and advocate research programs that can be translated into improved health outcomes for children both within Australia and world-wide.”

Children’s Health Queensland Board Chair David Gow said Professor Cripps’ leadership and history of success in the field of health research would enable the Children’s Health Research Alliance to build its research capacity and capability, and ultimately deliver life-changing breakthroughs in care and treatment for children and young people.

“While our focus is here in Queensland, the impact of research undertaken by the Children’s Health Research Alliance will benefit children internationally,” Mr Gow said.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Chair Bruce Cowley said Queensland had a long and proud history of pioneering scientific and clinical advancements in child healthcare.

“I look forward to seeing the Children’s Health Research Alliance, under the leadership of Professor Cripps, continue this important tradition through targeted research that will make a real and lasting difference for children and young people everywhere.”

Professor Cripps will commence as Chair of the Children’s Health Research Alliance on 26 July 2019.

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Media contact:  07 3068 5111 / chqnews@health.qld.gov.au