Emeritus Professor Allan Cripps AO was a distinguished academic, clinical scientist and health services leader, who made significant contributions in immunology, diagnostics and health services delivery.
From 2005 to 2016, Professor Cripps was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) at Griffith University and a research professor leading the Mucosal Immunology Research Group within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.
Professor Cripps had 20 years of experience in the health and pharmaceutical industries before becoming a full-time academic focusing his research on mucosal immunology, respiratory tract infections, vaccine development and diagnostics.
He had published over 300 peer reviewed scientific papers, presented at numerous international scientific conferences, received over $17 million in Government and industry grant funding, and co-invented several international patents in the fields of diagnostics and vaccine protein antigens.
He was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists, the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (UK) and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
In 2015, Prof Cripps was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education as a senior administrator and to public health as a leading immunologist, academic and researcher in the area of mucosal immunisation.