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Science Fellows - Veterinary Medicines Program

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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. He progressed to Acting Director of the former Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine in Germany before retiring in 2002. Dr Arnold developed his laboratory in Germany into one of the first Community Reference Laboratories in the EU. Dr Arnold has served as rapporteur to the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods; Chairman of the Residue Safety Working Group in the European Union; and expert, vice-chairman and chairman of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) for Veterinary Drugs. Currently, he works as an international consultant on projects relating to food safety, particularly in Central Europe and the Near East, and as a member of FAO and WHO panels. Dr Arnold is the first overseas Science Fellow to be appointed.


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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 Barton has had a distinguished career as a veterinary diagnostic microbiologist, and has a strong research background in bacterial infections of animals and in antibiotic resistance. She is a former member of the NHMRC Foodborne Diseases Working Party, the Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR), and the Expert Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (EAGAR) and is currently a member of the NHMRC Expert Panel on Health Advice (EPHA). Professor Barton has served as National President of the Australian Veterinary Association and is currently a Fellow of the Association.


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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. He has extensive expertise in bacterial and viral diseases of animals. Professor Browning’s research interests include treatment, prevention, diagnosis and control of bacterial and viral diseases of animals; animal vaccines; and epidemiology. He currently serves as editor or associate editor for two scientific and professional journals and as a frequent reviewer for a number of others. Professor Browning is an Expert Assessor for Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation for the National Association of Testing Authorities and for International Accreditation New Zealand.


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Professor Philip Burcham:  Nanoscience

Philip Burcham B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D. is Professor of Toxicology and Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia. He completed postdoctoral training at the Center in Molecular Toxicology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee before returning to Australia to the University of Adelaide. He subsequently relocated to his present position in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia where he was appointed Professor in 2009. His current research interests focus primarily on noxious carbonyl compounds and particularly acrolein, which is present in smoke. Professor Burcham serves on the editorial board of a leading toxicology journal and was a foundation member of the Toxicology section of Faculty 1000 (Biology). He holds membership of a number of scientific societies.


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Professor Colin Chapman: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Colin Chapman BPharm, BVSc (Hons), PhD, FPS is Professor of Pharmacy and a former Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University in Melbourne. He was Dean of the College for 16 years until December 2006. Professor Chapman’s research interests include pharmaceutical chemistry, veterinary pharmacology, immunoparasitology and the quality use of medicines. He is internationally renowned for his expertise in the pharmaceutical sciences. Professor Chapman has served on various committees and councils including as Chairman of the Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Committee for 3 years and as Chairman of the Committee of Heads of Pharmacy Schools in Australia and New Zealand for 12 years. He has also served on the Editorial Committee of numerous scientific and professional journals.


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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 O'Neill a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, a Fulbright Fellow and a Member of the International Statistical Institute. His skills have been used by a variety of agencies both in the public sector and private enterprise. His research is wide ranging, from theoretical work on classification, to applied work on cancer screening, behavioural finance and disability. During his first term as a Science Fellow, Professor O’Neill delivered training to APVMA staff; presented at the inaugural APVMA Science Fellows Symposium; and developed new software for determining Export Slaughter Intervals for veterinary drugs.


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Professor Nick Sangster: Veterinary Parasitology

Nick Sangster BSc (Vet) (Hons), BVSc (Hons), PhD is Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology and Head of School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Previously he was the Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at The University of Sydney. He is a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College. Professor Sangster’s research interests are in anthelmintic resistance, anthelmintic pharmacology and host-parasite relationships. He served on the Veterinary Surgeons Board of NSW from 2000 to 2002 and currently serves on panels for the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Australian Wool Innovation. In 2006, Professor Sangster was awarded the Fellowship of the Australian Society for Parasitology, the society’s highest award, for outstanding contributions to Parasitology.


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Professor Ted Whittem: Veterinary Pharmacology

Ted Whittem BVSc (Hons), PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, FACVSc is Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne. After graduating from the same University, he practised as a veterinarian for the next 7 years before completing a residency in clinical toxicology and a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Georgia, USA. Dr Whittem was a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology at Massey University between 1991 and 1995 and an external member of the NZ MAFF Agricultural Compounds Unit Scientific Assessment Committee. Subsequently he was Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Illinois from 1996-2000. Dr Whittem moved from academia to the veterinary pharmaceutical industry in 2001. He was appointed Program Manager for Discovery at Schering-Plough Animal Health (New Jersey) and later as Head of Research and Development for Jurox Pty Ltd (Rutherford, NSW) until 2008. From 2003 to 2005, he was President of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology and he remains an international advisor to the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr Whittem accepted his current appointment at the University of Melbourne in 2008.