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19 Oct 2020

Joint appointment of Head of Clinical and Translational Immunotherapy

  • VCCC Alliance
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne


  • Professor Ricky Johnstone, Executive Director Cancer Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Professor Andrew Brooks, Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Riccardo Dolcetti as Head of Clinical and Translational Immunotherapy, a joint appointment of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He will take up the role on 23 November.

Professor Dolcetti is currently Research Chair of Cancer Medicine at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. He was previously Director of the Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Division at the CRO-National Cancer Institute of Aviano, Italy and was President of the Italian Society for Cancer Research in 2012-13.

As Head, Professor Dolcetti’s primary focus will be on facilitating the rapid translation and clinical application of new discoveries for the benefit of patients with cancer, while also working closely with Director of the Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy Professor Joe Trapani to develop additional laboratory-based research programs. Under the Director, he will also lead a laboratory-based research program within the Centre.

We are confident Professor Dolcetti’s appointment will ensure the VCCC Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy's research is even more closely coordinated with Peter Mac’s extensive Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research and School of Biomedical Sciences - and with other laboratory-based cancer immunology research activities across the VCCC alliance.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Dolcetti later in the year.

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