Allan W. Cripps

Griffith HealthGriffith University, Australia


Professor Cripps leads Griffith University’s Health Faculty which consists of 10 health-related Schools and 2 research institutes and almost 16,000 enrolled students. Professor Cripps has had almost 30 years experience in the Health and Pharmaceutical Industries before becoming a full-time academic in 1995. The focus of his research has been in the field of mucosal immunology. Early in his career, he undertook studies directed at defining aspects of the host-parasite relationship at mucosal surfaces and the mechanisms by which antibody is delivered to mucosal sites such as the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. Since that time he has become recognised both nationally and internationally as a leader in this field. Professor Cripps’ contributions include: (i) the most comprehensive longitudinal study ever conducted on the development of mucosal immunity in infants and children, (ii) studies of mucosal immunocompetence in athletes, (iii) the development of diagnostics for mucosal infections, (iv) studies on immune mechanisms of the respiratory tract and middle ear, (v) the development of mucosal vaccination strategies for bacterial infections of the lung and middle ear and (vi) the identification of novel protein vaccine candidates for bacterial infections of the lung and middle ear. What sets this research profile apart is the comprehensive and holistic approach that has been undertaken. Research into the most basic aspects of mucosal immune induction is streamed alongside relevant animal models and applied human research.

Biography Updated on 10 August 2010

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