Prof Tony Cunningham
Tony is a clinician scientist who trained in infectious diseases, clinical virology and virology research at the University of Melbourne and as a postdoctoral fellow in infectious diseases at Stanford University. His major research interests are in HIV and Herpesviruses biology and immunology, especially in relation to the development of vaccines and antivirals. He has published more than 430 papers on these topics, with ~23,000 citations.
Tony built up the State Reference Laboratory in Virology and a state reference HIV laboratory at Westmead Hospital in the 1980s before assuming directorship of WIMR in 1996. He was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for ‘service to medicine, particularly in the field of viral research and through the development of leadership of medical and biomedical research’, and in 2015, was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He is currently NSW and ACT Chair and a Council member of the Academy. Tony was the lead author of the ‘Vaccines for COVID-19’ paper, commissioned from the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and is a longstanding consultant for Seqirus, Merck and GSK on vaccines in the ageing and for shingles and herpes. Since stepping down from the WIMR director role, he has continued his research on a NHMRC Senior Investigator Grant and has extended his HIV and herpesvirus research to COVID-19, amongst other advisory positions including the NSW COVID Vaccines Committee.