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Health and Medical Sciences

This community gathers scientists engaged in Australian-French research projects in the field of Health and Medical Sciences. The community counts more than a hundred of members specialised in a broad range of areas such as cancer, obesity and psychology.

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AFRAN is a proud partner of the Australian Global Health Alliance

The Australian Global Health Alliance is the member-based peak body for Australian global health organisations, with a mandate to strengthen the global health ecosystem through national and global connections, partnerships, research, and innovation, promoting best practices in global health, and advocacy.

The Alliance's membership is diverse, ranging from universities and research institutes to international and national non-government organisations or peak bodies, to government entities and public private partnerships.

Founded in 2016 by a number of Australian global health organisations and leaders, the Alliance is currently the only OECD country global health alliance with a commitment to First Nations global health equity as part of its foundational mandate.

The Alliance also hosts the secretariats of the Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres and Pacific Friends of Global Health.

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Meet the community leaders


A/Prof. Mathias François

Mat is a group leader at the Centenary Institute (USyd) and heads the David Richmond Laboratory for Cardio-Vascular Research and the Genome Imaging Center.
Research from his group explore molecular mechanism of gene regulation during
embryonic development and cancer.


Dr. Rachel Climie

Rachel is a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and clinical Exercise Physiologist at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Tasmania. Her research focuses on vascular ageing and how exercise can be used to prevent or delay this. She is currently leading the international and collaborative Youth Vascular Consortium.


Dr. Omid Kavehei

Omid is a Senior Lecturer, a SOAR Fellow, Deputy Head of School of Biomedical Engineering, and Deputy Director of Sydney Nano at The University of Sydney. He co-founded and is the current Director of BrainConnect Pty Ltd, a privately owned startup that aims to push for a less invasive and long-term neurophysiology and neuromodulation.


Prof. Frédéric Hollande

Frédéric works in the field of cancer cell and translational biology in the Department of Clinical Pathology at the University of Melbourne. He worked for French Research Agency CNRS from 1996 to 2011. He heads the Australian node of an INSERM/CNRS Laboratoire International Associé (LIA) in partnership with the Cancer Research Centre of Lyon (CRCL).

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