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The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Announces the Next Director
Date:2/24/2009

MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) has announced that Professor Doug Hilton will be the Institute's next Director.

Announcing Professor Hilton's appointment as Director-Designate, the President of the Board, Mr. Leon Davis, noted that the directorship of WEHI is among the most important scientific roles in Australia and, indeed, in the world. This fact had demanded the most rigorous global search to find a leader to advance the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute deep into the twenty first century.

Mr. Davis said that the recruitment and selection group, which was chaired by WEHI Board member, Chris Thomas, and included members from the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health, was delighted to discover that the best person for the job was not only an Australian, but also a scientist of international renown who is currently the Head of WEHI's Molecular Medicine Division.

Professor Hilton, 44, will be the sixth Director of WEHI in its ninety-four year history and will take up his appointment from 1 July 2009. The University of Melbourne has also confirmed his appointment as Research Professor of Medical Biology and Head of the Department of Medical Biology at the University.

Professor Hilton will succeed current WEHI Director, Professor Suzanne Cory, who has served WEHI, the international scientific community and the Australian people with the utmost distinction since 1996.

Professor Suzanne Cory said that Professor Hilton is a person of great talent and energy, whose scientific acumen and achievements are accompanied by a deep commitment to inspiring young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to reach for the stars.

Upon receiving news of his appointment, Professor Hilton said that he was delighted to be entrusted with the leadership of one of the world's lea
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