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PROF Graham Brown


  • Cell biology of malaria
  • Clinical infectious diseases
  • Clinical research
  • Cytoadherence and antigenic variation of Plasmodium falciparum
  • Field studies of acquisition of immunity to malaria
  • Global health
  • Immunisation
  • Malaria vaccine development
  • Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases
  • Tropical and infectious diseases,



  • Graham V Brown, MB BS(Melb), FRACP, MPH(Harvard), PhD(Melb), FAFPHM. FACTM

    Formerly the James Stewart Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital/Western Hospital), Graham Brown is Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, a new initiative of the University of Melbourne that aims to improve global health through research, evaluation, education, advocacy, development assistance and development of future leaders.

    Professor Bown worked in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea before commencing a research career studying immunity to malaria, ending as Head of the Divison of Infection and Immunity at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Following the closure of Fairfield Hospital, he created the  Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, stepping down as Head in 2006. He was Head of the Department of Medicine (RMH/WH) at the University of Melbourne from 1999 to 2007.  In addition to his clinical expertise in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, Professor Brown undertakes basic research in immunopathology of malaria and is an investigator on a research program devoted to mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. He has other interests in surveillance of infectious diseases and use of low cost technology for health. He is author or co-author of 215 publications. He is currently Chair of the Malaria Vaccine Advisory Committee of the World Health organization and the Scientific Consultants Group of the USAID Malaria Vaccine Development Program, and Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership .



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Education and training

  • MPH, Harvard University
  • MB, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • BS, University of Melbourne

Awards and honors

  • Health Lifetime Achievement Award, Minister of Health (Victoria), 2011
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2010
  • Ashdown Oration, Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 2008
  • Fellowship, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, 2008
  • Chairmans Award of Melbourne Health Outstanding leadership and excellence in their chosen field, Melbourne Health, 2007
  • Innovation in Information Technology, Victorian Public Healthcare Award, Department of Human Services, 2006
  • Presidential Oration, Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases, 2005
  • Inaugural Royce Abbey Oration, Rotary Club of Melbourne-Latrobe Inc, 2001
  • The Eric Susman Prize, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1992
  • Australian Academy of Science/Australian Academy of Technological Sciences/Royal Society Exchange Programme, Australian Academy of Science/Australian Academy of Technological Sciences/Royal Society, 1990
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 1983
  • Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, 1983
  • Wall Award for Junior RMO, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1971
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1970
  • Stirling Prize for Surgery, University of Melbourne, 1970



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • The Nossal Institute for Global Health has many potential supervisors for research higher degree students with an interest in Global Health and welcomes enquiries to the Research Higher Degree coordinator A/Prof Jim Black, or the Director. For examples of the range of students supervised, please refer t: Students who have recently completed PhD studies co-supervised with Professor Brown include Jonathan Richards (PhD) - Supervisors: A/Prof James Beeson, Prof Graham Brown The role of antibodies to merozoite antigens in protection from symptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infection Leon Worth (PhD) - Principal supervision in Dept of Medicine; Prof Graham Brown; A/Prof Jim Black The prospects and requirements for a system of on-going surveillance of intravenous-catheter-related bloodstream infections in people with hematological malignancies Lin Lin Chua (PhD) -Supervisors: Dr Philippe Boeuf, Prof Stephen Rogerson, Prof John Hamilton, Prof Graham Brown Monocytes and macrophages in malaria infection: phenotype and functional analysis Justin Denholm (PhD) - Supervisors: A/Prof Emma McBryde, Prof Graham Brown Latent tuberculosis infection in Australia: Can we achieve the MDG? Kylie Horne (PhD) - Supervisors: Prof Stephen Rogerson, Prof Graham Brown, HLA-G and Malaria in pregnancy Current students include Shamista Selvarajah for PhD - Supervisors: Dr Michael Duffy, Dr Michaela Petter (Department of Medicine RMH); Prof Graham Brown Characterisation of novel epigenetic pathways in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum Gabrielle Josling for PhD - Supervisors: Dr Michael Duffy, Dr Michaela Petter, Prof Graham Brown Identifying important regulators of transcription in Plasmodium falciparum Geoffrey Quail for PhD - Supervisors: Prof Graham Brown, Prof Joy Damousi The contribution of the Australian military to the science and practice of tropical medicine, with special reference to mal