Professor Cripps has made significant contributions to the delivery of health services, leadership in health academia and in research. He has led and implemented programs for the training of thousands of future of health professionals. His research has focused on the study of mucosal immunology and preventing respiratory infections. Professor Cripps’ efforts have brought together academics, researchers and clinicians, to ensure that research is relevant to global health issues, informed by the needs of the community and focused on translation into practice. In 2015 he was made an officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to health.