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WA’s Perron Institute welcomes new Board Director John Finlay-Jones

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

24/02/23 - The Perron Institute’s newest Director, Emeritus Professor John Finlay-Jones has a background in clinical microbiology and immunology. He also made a significant contribution in chairing and committee roles for several medical research organisations in Western Australia and nationally.

As well as being appointed to the Perron Institute Board, Professor Finlay-Jones will Chair the Perron Institute’s Research Advisory Committee, taking over from Dr Rebekah Puls in February 2023.

“The wide-ranging experience Emeritus Professor Finlay-Jones brings to the Perron Institute is greatly valued and we warmly welcome him to the Board,” said Perron Institute Chair, Mr Rob McKenzie.

In 2022, Professor Finlay-Jones chaired the independent selection committee for the recently announced Byron Kakulas Medal and was appointed to the Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. In 2021, he was a member of the independent Scientific Review Panel for the Institute.

Professor Finlay-Jones, a PhD graduate from The University of Western Australia, was based at Flinders University for 25 years, including as Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine from 1997, and Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1998-2003.

He is a former Assistant Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in WA and served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Edith Cowan University from 2003-2018.

Professor Finlay-Jones has previously served on committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases.

Since 2003, he has chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee of The Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research and he has been a member or Chair of the Advisory Board of the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training at UWA since 2014.

In 2020, he was appointed to the Australian Research Integrity Committee, a joint initiative of NHMRC and the Australian Research Council, and to the Research Sub Committee of the WA Child Research Fund (Channel 7 Telethon Trust and WA Government).

Professor Finlay-Jones is a pro bono mentor for Research Coaching Australia and an external member of the UWA Hockey Club Board.


Emeritus Professor John Finlay-Jones at the Perron Institute.


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