Research Advisory Committee

The Committee's Role

The QCMRI Research Advisory Committee (RAC) membership is up to twelve members. RAC members have elected to serve in an honorary capacity and therefore receive no fees for their services on Committee.

Where external review of applications is required, the RAC will source reviewers and coordinate responses, and incorporate external comments into recommendations.

The overarching role of the QCMRI RAC is to scientifically review applications for QCMRI funding including taking into account the views of expert external reviewers. The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the Board for approval.

Research Advisory Committee Members


Chair, Professor Martin Lavin BSc (Honours) PhD, FNHMRC
Professor Martin Lavin is a molecular biologist and biochemist and is a Professor with the Joint Oncology Program between the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the University of Queensland. He is also Foundation Professor of Molecular Oncology at both institutes. 

Professor Lavin graduated with Honours from a Bachelor of Science at the National University of Ireland before proceeding to a PhD at Trinity College. His first post-doctoral position was with Syntex Research at Palo Alto in California. He later took a second post-doctoral position with the Biochemistry Department at the University of Queensland.
In 2002, Professor Lavin was appointed Senior Principal Research Fellow with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. He has published 362 papers in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Lavin’s major research interest is in DNA damage recognition and maintenance of the genome stability. His work has focussed on the human genetic disorder ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) with particular emphasis on cancer predisposition and neurodegeneration.



Professor Keith Grimwood  ONZM MBChB(Otago) MD(Melbourne) FRACP
Professor Keith Grimwood is the Director of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute and Conjoint Professor in the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine. 

Apart from his work at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a Paediatric Infectious Disease Physician, Professor Grimwood is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases – Canada and the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases.
His ongoing research interests include rotavirus gastroenteritis for which he received an MD, the microbiology of cystic fibrosis lung disease and other respiratory infections.


Associate Professor Fiona Bogossian DipAppSci (NEd) BAppSci (Dist); MPH, PhD 
Fiona Bogossian is Acting Director of Research at University of Queensland’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. 

After graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1982, Associate Professor Bogossian went on midwifery training and Diploma of Applied Science - Nursing Education and subsequently a Bachelor of Applied Science. In 1994 she completed her Masters of Public Health and graduated with a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2004.
Associate Professor Bogossian is a Churchill Fellow, and a member of the Queensland Nursing Council Education Committee and is the panel chair of the Queensland Nursing Council Peer Review Panel for Midwifery.  She was also a member of the expert advisory panel for the Review of the Maternity Services in Queensland.
On a national front, Associate Professor Bogossian is an invited member of the Bonnie Babes Foundation Medical Committee and the midwifery expert reference group Midwifery Node for JBI COnNect. She sits on the editorial board of the Women and Birth Australian Midwifery Journal.
Associate Professor Bogossian is also a member of the International Confederation of Midwives Research Area Network and is a reviewer for the Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Journal, Queensland Health Nursing Research Grants, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and the Australian Health Review.




Professor Alan Isles MB BS (Hons), MSc, FRACP, FRCP (C)
Professor Alan Isles is a Senior Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital and a founding board member of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute.

Professor Isles completed his medical training at the University of Queensland and began working at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, in 1975. Training in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, he then spent four years at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where he undertook advanced training and research in clinical pharmacology and paediatric respiratory medicine.

Professor Isles returned to the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1984, was appointed to the Board of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in July 1997. From 1998 until 2006 he was the District Manager of the Royal Children's Hospital and Health Service District. From 2006 to 2008 he led the initial phase of planning for the future Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Professor Isles is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Canadian College of Physicians. In 2007, he was awarded the Royal Children's Hospital and Health Service District's Medal of Distinction and in December 2008 was awarded the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s inaugural Medal of Excellence for Service to Paediatrics





Dr Lutz Krause
Dr Lutz Krause graduated in applied computer science at Bielefeld University in 2004. During his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Genome Research his primary research interest was in genome annotation and environmental genomics. He developed several data-mining and machine-learning methods for the analysis of large molecular data-sets. Furthermore, he investigated the composition and function of natural microbial communities from diverse ecosystems, including biogas fermenters, coral reefs and waste water treatment plants.

In 2008, he joined the Nestlé Research Center where he studied the impact of the gut microbiota on human health, well being and disease. In his current role as Senior Research Scientist in Bioinformatics at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, his primary research interests are in understanding the influence of the human microbiota on our health, the development of data-mining methods for next-generation sequence data, genome research of human parasites, and the analysis of large sequence data-sets from the fields of cancer genetics and epigenetic.


Associate Professor Russell Dale
Associate Professor Russell Dale is Associate Professor and paediatric neurologist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and University of Sydney. He is Sub Dean of Postgraduate studies at the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney and oversees the progress of the 80 postgraduate students within the discipline.

A/Prof Dale personally supervises 3 postgraduate students and 3 Honours students. He is head of the neuroimmunology group within the Institute of Neuroscience and muscle research, and the lab is dedicated to the role of autoantibodies in central nervous system disease. In addition, he has a clinical and research interest in movement disorders in children and runs tertiary services for children with movement disorders. He has 62 publications, including papers in Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Brain, Neurology and Nature Medicine. He has won 6 national or international grants, and recently was awarded the International Child Neurology Association award for a junior researcher.


Dr Allison Waters, PhD, MAPS, MCCP
Dr Waters is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The University of Queensland in 2002 and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The University of California, Los Angeles in 2004 before commencing her work at Griffith University. Dr Waters carries out laboratory-based research on the cognitive-neuroscience of anxiety disorders in children and aims to translate findings from laboratory and basic science work into clinical practice using current generation treatments and novel interventions for childhood anxiety disorders. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles in this area, and her research is funded by the Australian Research Council, Australian Rotary Mental Health Research Fund, Queensland Health and Griffith University. She has supervised to completion the research projects of 23 PhD, Doctorate, Masters and Honours level students enrolled in psychology postgraduate degree programs, and also teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in clinical psychology. She is the recipient of an Australian Psychological Society Early Researcher Career Award in recognition of her research, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Professor Denise Doolan BSc(Hons) MPh PhD
Denise Doolan graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biochemistry major) in 1985. She began her research career at the CSIRO and was subsequently awarded an MPhil in 1991. In 1993, she completed her PhD in the laboratory of Professor Michael Good at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Medical Research Institute in the USA where she worked with Dr Stephen Hoffman to develop malaria vaccines. She was later appointed as Head of Basic Research, and later Head of Preclinical Research and Development, and finally as Scientific Director of the Naval Medical Research Center Malaria Program, a major biomedical research facility of the United States Department of Defence. Professor Doolan returned to Australia in 2006 and was awarded a Pfizer Australia Senior Research Fellowship, establishing the Molecular Vaccinology Laboratory at QIMR in mid 2007. Subsequently, she was appointed as Professor, Griffith Medical Research College, Griffith University, and as Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland. In 2011, she was appointed the Coordinator of the QIMR Biology Department. Most recently, she has been awarded an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (2012-2016). Her laboratory investigates the molecular basis of immunity to disease and vaccine development, with a focus on malaria.


Dr Sive is the Director of General Paediatrics for the Royal Children’s Hospital.  He is a member of the British Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  Dr Sive has a professional doctorate in Medicine and is a practicing clinician.  


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