Woolcock Institute appoints new executive director

14 February 2012

Professor Carol Armour has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Woolcock Institute, which is affiliated with the University of Sydney.

The Institute's Board and the University of Sydney senior appointments committee selected Professor Armour following an extensive local and international search process.

The appointment takes effect upon retirement of Professor Norbert Berend on 30 June 2012 after 12 years as Head of the Institute.

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 (now theFaculty of Pharmacy) 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.

The Woolcock Institute is an independent medical research institute, affiliated and working closely with the University of Sydney.

About the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research:

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has been leading research into respiratory diseases and sleep disorders for 30 years. With a world-class network of specialised researchers, the Woolcock Institute is focused on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education on respiratory disease and sleep disorders for the community.

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