Professor Jane Gunn was appointed interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) in February 2021. Professor Gunn was previously the MDHS Deputy Dean, following a decade as Head of the Department of General Practice and a further two years as Deputy Head of the Melbourne Medical School. As Dean, Professor Gunn steers the faculty’s strategic aims and objectives. a distinguished academic general practitioner and inaugural Chair of Primary Care Research at The University of Melbourne. As one of Australia’s leading primary care researchers she traversed the research-practice gap. Her Diamond Cohort Study established one of the largest and longest running studies of people experiencing depressive symptoms in primary care and has enabled better management of those at risk of persistent and disabling depression. In 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of her outstanding leadership in health and medical research. In February 2020 Jane became the Chief Public Health Advisor for the University of Melbourne and was instrumental in steering its public health response to COVID-19.
Professor Mike McGuckin is responsible for the strategic oversight of a broad spectrum of health research across the University. As Deputy Dean he oversees portfolios of people and culture, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous development, engagement and international relations. Professor McGuckin is the author of over 150 scientific publications with his research focused on mucosal infection, chronic inflammation and cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, and has held four patents. His research investigated disease pathophysiology across three major fronts connected by the common thread of inflammation: cell surface mucins in cancers, chronic inflammatory diseases of the gut and beta cell stress in diabetes. He also mentors emerging independent scientists who have taken over various aspects of his research program.
Professor Marilys Guillemin is responsible for learning and teaching strategy and its implementation in the Faculty. Marilys is a sociologist of health and illness, and Professor in the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She has conducted research and published widely in the areas of sociology of health, illness and technology, innovative research methodologies, research practice, narrative ethics, and ethical practice in research and in health care. Professor Guillemin is also the Project Lead for the University of Melbourne pilot of the SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) Athena SWAN initiative.
Andrew is an experienced leader across public and private health care sectors. Prior to joining the Faculty, Andrew was Chief Executive Officer at the Melbourne Teaching Health Clinic and was an executive at Epworth HealthCare (Epworth). He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Business Administration. Andrew is Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (AFCHSM). In August 2020, he joined the Faculty as Chief Operating Officer to provide strategic leadership and oversee its operational structures including people and culture, infrastructure, finance, research support and evaluation, teaching and learning, advancement, and marketing, communications and student recruitment.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2010 Colleen Pearson held several lead positions in the University Finance team, including Accounting Operations, Academic Support and Budgets and Planning. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Deakin University, a Master of Accounting Degree from the University of Melbourne and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia).
Professor Rob Hester is a cognitive neuroscientist whose lab examines the brain mechanisms involved in self-control, learning, and adaptive performance, investigating how these mechanisms are implicated in a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions using brain imaging and psychopharmacological methods. He joined the University in 2008 and has held academic positions in the School supporting Research/Research Training, Teaching and Learning portfolios.
Professor Alastair Sloan is an Oral Biologist and Tissue Engineer with interests in mineralising tissue repair. His research is focussed on understanding the dentinogenic and osteoinductive properties of dentine and bone matrices to facilitate novel tissue engineering methodologies and natural regenerative processes and is related to the development of novel clinical therapies and methods in relation to dentistry and orthopaedics regarding tissue regeneration and repair. Prior to taking up the role of Head of School in 2019 Professor Sloan was Professor of Tissue Engineering and Bone Biology and Head of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University in the UK.
Professor John Prins is an active clinician-scientist with expertise in diabetes and endocrinology. Professor Prins sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non-government organisations and industry. Professor Prins is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training and has ongoing research interests in obesity, diabetes, and intellectual disability. His research has attracted substantial government, NGO and Industry funding. He has published over 150 papers with over 11,000 citations and has an H index of 48 (Web of Science).
Professor Jennifer Wilkson-Berka is a global expert in the vision-threatening diseases, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Her pre-clinical research led to the discovery that the blockage of the hormone angiotensin II reduces retinal vascular disease, and this research contributed to the largest clinical trial in diabetic retinopathy. Professor Wilkson-Berka is passionate about educating our future clinicians and scientists remains of as well as strengthening our partnerships with medical research institutes and industry. Before taking up the role of Head of School in 2020, she was Head of the Department Anatomy, where she established the Melbourne Academy of Surgical Anatomy, an initiative that delivers a lifelong teaching and research experience for aspiring surgeons and allied health professionals as well as established physicians and surgeons.
Professor Linda Denehy is a PhD-qualified physiotherapist with extensive teaching and learning experience. She has developed curricula in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy both at under and post graduate level and led the implementation of the new three-year Doctor of Physiotherapy course at the University of Melbourne. Professor Denehy has been successful in obtaining funding from over 30 applications of over AUD $6million for research into physiotherapy and rehabilitation, including as a chief investigator on five nationally competitive grants in rehabilitation after critical illness, lung cancer and breathlessness in COPD.
Professor Nancy Baxter is a clinical epidemiologist, general surgeon and health services researcher. An established clinical researcher with an international reputation, Nancy has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters and has extensive experience in using cancer registry data and health administrative data to examine the long-term impact of cancer care for adults. Prior to taking up the role of Head of School in 2019 Nancy was a Professor of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. As the Ontario Provincial Endoscopy Lead for Cancer Care Ontario, she played a major role in influencing public policy and transforming the funding strategy for endoscopies to enable best-practice pricing and a reduction of the use of deep sedation in routine hospital-based endoscopies.
Shawana Andrews is a Palawa Trawlwoolway woman and has a long history working across Aboriginal communities in Victoria with 20 years experience working in Aboriginal health. Beginning as an Aboriginal hospital liaison officer, Shawana established a co-designed Koori mental health program, an Aboriginal child and family case management program and a comprehensive Aboriginal child outpatient clinic. Shawana has since held policy, project management and teaching roles across the health and higher education sectors.
Professor Natalie Hannan is a NHMRC CDF Principle Research Fellow at the University where she leads the Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Group (laboratories based at both the Mercy Hospital for Women and at the Northern Health Research Precinct) and holds an honorary position at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Mercy Hospital for Women and the Northern Hospital Epping. Professor Hannan has a dedicated focus on reproduction, understanding serious pregnancy complications and Women’s health.
Concurrent to his role with The University of Melbourne, Professor Darren Kelly is the Director of Biomedical Research in the Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where his research expertise lies in progressing pre-clinical novel interventions and developing experimental models of cardiovascular disease. He is also the CEO and Managing Director of Certa Therapeutics and the Executive Chair and Founder of Occurx, Australia, bringing over 25 years of management and research expertise in the life sciences and biotech sector.
Professor Wendy Chapman is the Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health. She moved to Melbourne from the United States to help build a digitally enabled health care system. She has a PhD in medical informatics and came to the field via her love for language and linguistics, which she applies in her personal research to identify symptoms, diagnoses, and social risk factors described in clinical notes from electronic medical records. She is passionate about improving outcomes that matter to patient and clinicians through digitally enabled models of care. Wendy has been nominated to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, is a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director and is an elected board member of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.
Professor Alicia Spittle is a physiotherapist and clinician researcher who is a current recipient of a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship, Chief Investigator on the NHRMC Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine and has received over $22 million in grant funding and has authored over 160 publications. In 2020 she was recognised as the top Australian research in Paediatric Medicine in 2020 by The Australian Newspaper, for the highest number of citations from papers published in the last 5 years in the top 20 journals in her field. In addition to her research, she works clinically in the neonatal intensive care unit and follow-up clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and has a research appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Professor Erica Fletcher is a Professor of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and has over 15 years experience in ophthalmological research. She serves on a number of editorial boards, provides leadership within optometry by serving on boards of management, as well as serving the research community through NHMRC grant review panels. She has also been the Chair of the Research Committee and member of the executive for the School of Biomedical Sciences, and an active member of the Faculty Research Committee. In recognition of her excellence in vision research, Professor Fletcher was awarded the 2019 H Barry Collin Research Medal, the 2016 Glen Fry Award and the 2006 Irvin M and Beatrice Borish Award from the American Academy of Optometry.