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

ding medical research institutes. He said that to join the ranks of the Institute's leaders, alongside Suzanne Cory, Sir Gustav Nossal, Sir Macfarlane Burnet and Charles Kellaway was a sobering thought.

Professor Hilton said that he was acutely conscious of the prodigious efforts and achievements of current and past Directors, scientists and support staff, who had created the pre-eminent worldwide reputation of the Institute.

To assure such ongoing success of the Institute, Professor Hilton believes:

* The Institute must build on its tradition of forming collaborative teams that are close-knit, trans-generational and outcomes-focused, to tackle health questions of major importance

* The University of Melbourne must remain a key partner in training the next generation of researchers on a campus that is a beacon for the world's best and brightest young scientists

* The Institute must forge even stronger links with clinical colleagues at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Women's Hospital, the Royal Children's Hospital the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and elsewhere.

* Collaborations with the private sector, both in Australia and abroad, must continue to be actively and intensively pursued

* Cancer, blood cell research, immunology, autoimmunity and infectious diseases will remain cornerstones of the Institute's endeavours.

* The Institute must continue to pursue well-considered technological and investigative innovations such as the successful Cory-era developments of structural biology, chemistry, high-throughput screening, and mathematics and computational science

* The Institute should consider, in collaboration with indigenous communities and other organizations, how to play a constructive role in improving indigenous health.

Biographical Notes:

Professor Hilton has received
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