Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Professor David Burgner has been elected as a new fellow to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

David BurgnerProfessor Burgner was among 31 health and science leaders elected to the academy's fellowship, which recognises the brightest minds in health and medical sciences. 

Professor Burgner is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at The Royal Children's Hospital and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow. He joined the Murdoch Children’s in 2010 after eight years as the only paediatric infectious diseases consultant in Western Australia. He currently leads the Murdoch Children’s Inflammatory Origins Group and co-leads the LifeCourse initiative.

As a Principal Research Fellow for MCRI's Infection, Immunity & Global Health research area, Professor Burgner’s research looks at factors that increase the chances of infection and inflammation in childhood. He aims to understand the early life factors that influence later health outcomes and translate these into new medical interventions targeted towards children.

Professor Burgner is an investigator on the Murdoch Children’s Infection flagship and Generation Victoria (GenV) initiative, the Barwon Infant Study, Child Health CheckPoint and the Childhood Overweight BioRepository of Australia (COBRA). He is the Education Officer for the World Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and the medical advisor to the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.

Read more about Professor Burgner’s research and how it’s helping children.