Strategic Translational Research

and Platforms Committee









The role of the Strategic Translational Research and Platforms (STRaP) Committee is to identify strategic opportunities to develop translational research through shared strategic direction and collaboration across MACH and industry partners.


The Committee is underpinned by Translational Platforms to develop Tomorrow’s Healthcare as articulated in the MACH Strategy 2020 to 2025 which include:

  • Clinical Research Support Hub

  • Data-Driven Healthcare Platform

  • Clinical Research Imaging Platform

  • Medical Devices and Implantables Platform

  • Melbourne Therapeutics Development Leadership Group

  • Precision Medicine Platform

  • Human Immunology, Immunotherapy and Vaccines Platform

  • Researcher Clinical Accreditation Platform

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and further Translational Platforms may be established based on need and opportunity.

Responsibilities of STRaP

  • Identifying strategic opportunities to develop translational research across MACH

  • Overseeing the designation, development and operation of MACH Translational Platforms

  • Providing advice and strategic direction (as required) to the MACH Board

  • Co-ordinating advocacy for and in response to major funding opportunities across MACH and precinct partners

  • Identifying potential partners for industry engagement









  • Professor Kathryn North AC, Director, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Chair)

  • Mr Robert Klupacs, CEO, Bionics Institute

  • Professor Keith Martin, Managing Director, Centre for Eye Research Australia

  • Dr Rob Grenfell, Director Health & Biosecurity, CSIRO

  • Dr Andrew Nash, Senior Vice President of Research, CSL Ltd

  • Professor Steven Petrou, Director, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

  • Professor Arthur Christopoulos, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

  • Professor Matthias Ernst, Director, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

  • Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

  • Professor Ricky Johnstone, Executive Director, Cancer Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

  • Professor Tom Kay, Director, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research

  • Professor Mike McGuckin, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, 
    The University of Melbourne

  • Professor Doug Hilton AO, Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

For more information please contact MACH Senior Project Officer Nick Walsh:

T: +61 3 8344 9767


MACH is an NHMRC recognised Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.

The mission of MACH is to improve health and wellbeing by integrating medical research, education and clinical care.


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