Centenary Institute appoints new director

4 December 2006

Professor Mathew Vadas
Professor Mathew Vadas

The Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology today announced the appointment of Professor Mathew Vadas as its new director.

Professor Vadas is currently director of the Division of Human Immunology at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide. He will begin his new appointment on 1 January next year.

The institute's founding director, Professor Antony Basten, recently announced his decision to step down after 15 years in charge, prompting an international search for a new director.

The chair of the Centenary Institute, Michael Egan, said Professor Vadas was appointed for his "expansive intellect, distinguished research career and extensive management experience to the critical task of managing an internationally competitive medical research organisation".

Professor Vadas has served at a number of related research institutes and is renowned in his research field, involving a multi-disciplinary approach to finding new molecules or pathways leading to novel therapeutics.

"The Centenary Institute plans to grow its cancer portfolio over the coming five years and I look forward to building on the world class research facility established by Professor Basten," said Professor Vadas.

Contact: Richard North

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