Murdoch Children's researcher Dr Chantal Attard

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute paediatric haematology researcher Dr Chantal Attard has been appointed as the president-elect of The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

Founded in 1961, ASMR is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research, and it has been at the forefront of scientific, political, and public advocacy for over 60 years.

In addition to its core membership of health and medical researchers, ASMR has affiliations with specialist societies, medical colleges, and patient foundations/groups that effectively expand ASMR’s network to more than 100,000 stakeholders of Australian health and medical research.

ASMR Director Dr Lila Landowski said, “Dr Attard’s appointment comes at a crucial time when the medical research community is seeking stronger collaboration and advocacy to ensure sustainable and equitable funding in the sector. Chantal has been a long-time champion of the importance of collaboration and building strong ties with allies and supporters who share ASMR's vision of maintaining Australia as a thriving hub for medical research.”

Dr Attard said, “I am delighted to be leading the society that for over 60 years has represented health and medical researchers and advocated for sustainable and equitable funding in our sector.

"I look forward to strengthening ties with our allies and supporters who share our vision of keeping Australian medical research a flourishing sector, and the exciting and vital discoveries that this brings for our society."

Murdoch Children’s congratulates Dr Attard on her appointment.