Glenn Browning awarded Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title

Professor Glenn Browning has received one of the University of Melbourne’s highest recognitions of academic excellence, the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.

Professor Browning is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health and Head of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences at the Melbourne Veterinary School, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.

The Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title is awarded in recognition of outstanding leadership in the University and the wider community, coupled with pre-eminence in research, teaching and creative activity.

A veterinarian and microbiologist, Professor Browning applies fundamental knowledge of the biological mechanisms and epidemiology of animal disease to the development of vaccines, diagnostic tests and other solutions to maintain animal health.

He has published over 240 research papers and book chapters and supervised over 50 higher degree research students.

Glenn Browning
Professor Glenn Browning

With a team of researchers within the Faculty, Professor Browning has built the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health into a world-class veterinary research centre. The Centre has made a significant contribution to production, companion and wildlife animal health through the development and provision of diagnostic services, the creation and commercialisation of vaccines and the delivery of research to elucidate fundamental disease processes.

Together with his colleagues, Professor Browning has developed a range of tests for animal diseases, which have improved the health and welfare of animals in farming systems and the economic wellbeing of people worldwide.

An example is the development of an assay for bovine mastitis, allowing easier detection of this potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the udder.

Mastitis is the most common disease among dairy cattle worldwide and has severe effects on farm animal welfare and dairy productivity. His team has also been instrumental in the development of vaccines for a number of bacterial and viral diseases of chickens, and for pneumonia in pigs and cattle.

In recent years, Professor Browning has added to the growing awareness of responsible and sustainable antibiotic use as a chief investigator with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship.

He has advised a range of agencies and authorities, including as:

  • Scientific advisor to the national regulatory agency for veterinary medicines, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, on the regulation of anti-infective agents and vaccines
  • A member of scientific and technical advisory groups to the New Zealand government on their current response to the incursion of Mycoplasma bovis into their dairy industry
  • A contributor to the development of antibiotic use guidelines for the Australian veterinary profession
  • An advisor on accreditation of animal health diagnostic laboratories.

Professor Browning is the third Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences academic to receive the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor following animal physiologist Frank Dunshea in 2016 and parasitologist Robin Gasser in 2017.

Banner image: A chicken receives a vaccine via eye-drop. Picture: Martin Diaz