A message from the Vice-Chancellor: new name and academic director for the CODCD

23 February 2012

I am pleased to inform you that we have a new name and academic director for our centre formerly known as the Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

The Charles Perkins Centre has been named in recognition of an outstanding graduate of this university, a person who embodied the values that underpin this innovative and visionary initiative.

Charles Perkins showed that new approaches could change the way Australians think and act. And he sought to lead new collaborations where a single person or agency alone could not deliver the desired result.

The Charles Perkins Centre will critically examine approaches to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and challenge them. The centre will draw together and enhance existing research across the University. It is committed to improving health outcomes here in Australia and beyond.

It is also my great pleasure to announce Professor Stephen Simpson as the new Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre.

Professor Simpson is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences and a scientific adviser to Obesity Australia. His research spans locusts to humans and integrates input from humanities, physical, medical and biological systems, including the most extensive study to date into whether calories or nutrient balance is responsible for ageing and longevity.

He will take up the academic directorship of the Charles Perkins Centre in April 2012.

Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to outgoing Academic Director, Professor David Cook, for his enormous contribution in the establishment of the centre.

Yours sincerely

Michael Spence