Professor Wainwright is a paediatric respiratory physician and co-lead for cystic fibrosis services at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, and a professor of paediatrics and child health at The University of Queensland. She started her medical and paediatric training in London and completed her training in paediatric respiratory medicine and doctoral studies at the Royal Children’s hospitals in Brisbane and Melbourne. Her research focuses on airway microbiology, paediatric respiratory infections and early lung disease in cystic fibrosis, and ataxia telangiectasia and the clinical management of bronchiolitis and asthma. In 2018, Professor Wainwright was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to medicine as a respiratory clinician, and for leadership into the study of cystic fibrosis.

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