Woolcock Institute appoints Professor Carol Armour as Executive Director

The Board of the Woolcock Institute is please to announce that Professor Carol Armour has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Institute. The appointment takes effect upon retirement of Professor Norbert Berend on 30 June 2012 after 12 years as Head of the Institute. The Institute’s Board and the University of Sydney senior appointments committee selected Prof Armour following an extensive local and international search process.
Professor Armour formally joined the Institute as a Research Leader in mid-2011. Her many years spent investigating clinical management of asthma from within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney added significantly to the Institute’s strengths in asthma research. As a former Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University she also has extensive experience in research management and career building for students and young scientists.
Professor Armour said “I am very excited about the opportunities provided by the Woolcock Institute to continue world-leading research into respiratory and sleep diseases. I look forward to working with world-class teams of researchers and exploring new areas of research.”
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is a leading centre for respiratory and sleep disease research. The Institute, initially called the Institute for Respiratory Medicine, was founded 30 years ago by Professor Ann Woolcock, an internationally renowned asthma physician and researcher. It was renamed the Woolcock Institute 10 years ago in honour of achievements and a memory of her life’s work. The research outcomes and people trained and working at the Institute have significantly helped the lives of tens of thousands of people suffering from lung disease and sleep disorders. The Woolcock Institute is one of only a few centres in Australia that undertake research from a molecular level through to on-site and community based patient care through to public health initiatives.