Professor Shyamali Dharmage

Professor Shyamali Dharmage


Head of the Allergy and Lung Health Unit & Deputy Director (Research) of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
Elected in 2023
Citation on election

Professor Shyamali Dharmage is a world-recognised leader in epidemiology of chronic lung diseases whose research has led to paradigm changes, generated a new field of research (‘pre-COPD’) and changed guidelines worldwide. Her recognition of excellence is evidenced by national/international advisory board invitations (e.g. Lancet Commissioner in COPD), invited presentations (>90) and multiple prestigious awards (e.g. European Respiratory Society Fellow). She has >500 publications (e.g. Lancet), $74.2M funding and makes sustained professional contributions through leadership in research (e.g. TAHS&MACS PI; RHINESSA Australian PI) and mentoring/training (27 completed PhDs; four postdocs now Professor). She promotes health/medical science through education/workshops and consumer group engagement.

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