Professor Douglas Hilton AO FAA FTSE FAHMS
Doug is Director of WEHI, the inaugural head of The Brain Cancer Centre and the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology at the University of Melbourne.
Doug began his research career at WEHI and the University of Melbourne in 1986 and has been a researcher at WEHI for the past 35 years and director since 2009.
As a medical researcher, Doug and his team focus on how cells are produced, how they function, and how they ‘talk’ to each other in healthy organs and in cancer. He is passionate about catalysing collaborations that take discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic, to provide hope to patients and drive improvements in disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Doug is an inventor on more than 20 patent families and has led major collaborations with industry to translate his discoveries into treatments. His research is being developed to find medicines that help the body to better fight cancer.
Doug is a passionate advocate for health and medical research, diversity and inclusion, and gender equality in science. He is a past president of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), serves on the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council and on the Australian Government Medical Research Advisory Board.