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AGvet Regulator Strengthens Scientific Expertise

4 December 2008

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'The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) today announced the appointment of eminent national and international scientists to the influential appointment of APVMA Science Fellows', Dr Simon Cubit (Manager, Public Affairs), said today.

'APVMA Science Fellows are distinguished scientists appointed to assist with the training of APVMA staff and to provide high-level external scientific advice', Dr Cubit said.

Four new Science Fellows have been appointed to join two current Science Fellows who have been reappointed for another two-year term.

New appointments include Professors Mary Barton, Glenn Browning, Colin Chapman and Nick Sangster. They join returning Science Fellows Professors Jock McLean and Terry O'Neill and Overseas Science Fellow Dr Dieter Arnold of Germany who is serving his first term.

'These nationally and internationally recognised scientists, each with their own specific areas of expertise, play a very important role in mentoring and training APVMA staff leading to enhanced regulatory science quality', Dr Cubit said.

'In addition, they provide a valued external perspective on complex regulatory matters', he said.

The new Science Fellows and their areas of expertise include:

Professor Mary Barton: Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

Mary Barton BVSc (Hons), Dip. Bact, PhD, MBA, FACVSc, Hon DVSc is Professor of Microbiology at the University of South Australia and a former Head of School, Pharmaceutical, Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of South Australia

Professor Glenn Browning: Veterinary Vaccinology

Glenn Browning BVSc (Hons), Dip Vet Clinical Studies, PhD is Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne

Professor Colin Chapman: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Veterinary Pharmacology

Colin Chapman BPharm, BVSc (Hons), PhD, FPS is Professor of Pharmacy and a former Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University in Melbourne.

Professor Nick Sangster: Veterinary Parasitology

Nick Sangster BSc (Vet) (Hons), BVSc (Hons), PhD is the Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology and Associate Head of School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga

Returning Science Fellows include:

Professor Terry O'Neill: Statistics

Terry O'Neill BS, MS, PhD, AStat is Professor of Applied Statistics and Head of the School of Finance and Applied Statistics at The Australian National University.

Professor J G (Jock) McLean: Toxicology of Veterinary Drugs

Jock McLean BVSc, PhD, HDA (Hons) is a Professor Emeritus of Swinburne University of Technology and Chairman of Racing Analytical Services Ltd.

Continuing Science Fellow:

Dr Dieter Arnold: Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods

Dr Arnold has held senior positions in the former Federal Health Office in Berlin, which included Head of Residue Research Unit; Head of Division of Drugs, Animal Nutrition and Residue Research; and Head of Centre for Surveillance and Health Evaluation of Environmental Chemicals.

Additional details on each of the Science Fellows are available at


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