About Professor Ralph Nanan
Ralph's work aims to extend our knowledge of the basic mechanisms that lead to immunopathologies.
Professor Ralph Nanan is a Paediatrician based at Nepean Clinical School with a special interest in the area of clinical immunology, in which he has established excellent national and international collaborations.
Ralph Nanan is a Paediatrician, who joined the Nepean Hospital from Germany in 2002. He was appointed Chair of Paediatrics in March 2005. Professor Nanan has a special research interest in infectious diseases, clinical immunology and neonatology. He was the first to describe measles virus epitopes recognised by human T lymphocytes. In addition, his research has contributed to our understanding of which elements of the immune system confer long-term protection after immunisation. At Nepean, Professor Nanan is investigating the role of T regulatory cells in newborns as well as in children suffering from atopic eczema. Together with his collaborators at the Centenary Institute and the Galvan Institute, a novel methodology was discovered to identify T regulatory cells. This new methodology was an important milestone for the investigation of these cells. Profesor Nanan is currently on the Board of the Australian Women and Children’s Research Foundation (OZWAC), a member of the Advisory Council of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHAC) and a Regional Examiner of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).