ANU researcher Australia’s first Indigenous scientist appointed to CSIRO board

ANU Professor in Indigenous Genomics, Alex Brown, in the lab

ANU Professor Alex Brown. Photo: Jamie Kidston/ANU

Professor in Indigenous Genomics, Alex Brown, is the first Indigenous member of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) board.

Professor Brown holds a joint appointment with The Australian National University (ANU) and Telethon Kids Institute and is a leading Indigenous doctor and scientist with a strong focus on using cutting-edge science to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

He is currently leading several important research projects to improve access to genomic medicine for Indigenous people through the collaborative program between ANU and the Telethon Kids Institute.

The CSIRO is Australia’s peak agency for science and technology and the board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the appointment was “richly deserved” recognition of Professor Brown’s scientific achievements and leadership.

“Alex is widely regarded as one of Australia’s top clinical researchers and his work on Indigenous genomics is internationally acclaimed,” he said.

“His research helps ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are very much part of this exciting new frontier in medicine and receiving the incredible health benefits it offers.

“Alex is an incredible scientist and outstanding leader, and will make a significant contribution to the CSIRO.”

Professor Brown’s appointment was announced by Minister for Science Ed Husic.

“Professor Brown has dedicated his research career to understanding and overcoming health inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, particularly the burden of chronic conditions,” Minister Husic said

“His experience in working with Aboriginal communities and bridging connections across science ecosystems will strengthen the CSIRO’s leadership.”

Telethon Kids Institute’s Director of First Nation’s Strategy and Leadership, Associate Professor Glenn Pearson, said Professor Brown has dedicated his career to the advancement of Indigenous science and scientists.

“It’s incredible national recognition of something that we have known for a long time, and it’s testimony to Professor Brown’s work and recognition more broadly in the Aboriginal health space,” he said. “We are extremely proud to work alongside Alex as we strive to fulfil our mission of happy, healthy kids.”

This article was first published on ANU Reporter.

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