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George Institute welcomes a new executive director


8 February 2012

Principal directors of The George Institute for Global Health, Professor Stephen MacMahon and Professor Robyn Norton, today announced the appointment of Associate Professor Vlado Perkovic as executive director of The George Institute in Australia.

"We are pleased to announce, in association with the University of Sydney, that Vlado Perkovic has been appointed Professor and Executive Director of The George Institute Australia," Professor MacMahon said.

"Professor Perkovic was appointed through a highly competitive international process and we are thrilled to welcome him to this role," Professor Norton said.

The new position is a full professorial appointment through Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, with which The George Institute is affiliated in Australia.

"I am delighted and honoured to take on this new role at an exciting time of maturation and growth for The George Institute in Australia, especially given the Institute's recent ranking as the number one research institution in the world for scientific impact, by the SCImago Institution Rankings (SIR) World Report 2011," Professor Perkovic said.

"I look forward to leading the Australian group as it continues to develop and cement our place as a centre of global excellence in research, teaching and policy influence, especially as an agent for change within disadvantaged communities," he said.

Before joining The George Institute in 2003, Professor Perkovic worked as a nephrologist, heading the largest dialysis unit in the southern hemisphere, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Since joining the Institute, Professor Perkovic's nephrology research has focused on the conduct of large scale clinical trials and meta-analyses, the findings of which have contributed to the development of clinical practice guidelines in Australia and globally.

He was previously co-director of the Renal Division at The George Institute and for the past two years, he has been the executive director of George Clinical, an Academic Research Organisation (ARO) established by The George Institute to design and manage large-scale clinical trials both for the Institute itself and for pharmaceutical and medical research organisations worldwide.

Professor Perkovic is also deputy chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network.

"Professor Perkovic's extensive clinical research background combined with his anagement experience at George Clinical make him an ideal candidate for the position and we are confident that The George Institute in Australia will thrive under his leadership," Professor MacMahon said.

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Kimberley Ramplin 02 8238 2424, 0401 710 679, kramplin@georgeinstitute.org.au

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