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A/PROF Tilman Ruff


  • Health and environmental consequences of nuclear explosions
  • Immunisation
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
  • Removing highly enriched uranium from medical isotope production
  • Travel medicine



  • Tilman Ruff is an infectious diseases and public health physician, with particular interests in immunisation, travel medicine, the public health dimensions of nuclear technology, and the urgent public health imperative to abolish nuclear weapons. He is Associate Professor in the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and serves as International Medical Advisor to Australian Red Cross.

    Dr Ruff has played a leading role in the development of travel medicine in Australia; worked extensively on hepatitis B control, immunisation and maternal and child health in Indonesia and Pacific Island countries; and was previously regional medical director for a major vaccine manufacturer, directing Australia's largest clinical vaccine research and development program. He is a member of the Hepatitis B Expert Resource Panel for the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region.

    Dr Ruff is a co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Nobel Peace Laureate 1985), and has previously served as Asia-Pacific Vice-President, Boston-based Consultant on Policy and Programs, and Board member. He is a member and was founding Chair of both the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and the Committee of ICAN Australia. Dr Ruff has been active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) for over 30 years and is a past national president. He was one of two civil society advisors to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and a civil society delegate to the intergovernmental Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo (2013), Mexico and Vienna (2014).

    In June 2012, Dr Ruff was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to the promotion of peace as an advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and to public heal



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Education and training

  • BS, Monash University
  • MB, Monash University

Awards and honors

  • Australian Timber Design Awards, 2001
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1988
  • Commonwealth University Scholarship, Monash University, 1977
  • Ramsay Surgical Prize in Zoology, Monash University, 1974


Available for supervision

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