Professor Cooper is the inaugural Director of the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society since its establishment in 1986.
The Kirby Institute (until April 2011 known as the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research or NCHECR), is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to conduct research into the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Australia, with the ultimate aim of reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS for the affected community.
The major responsibilities of the Kirby Institute are the epidemiology and surveillance of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia, including research aspects and the co-ordination and conduct of clinical trials of innovative therapies and vaccines for HIV disease, as well as an active clinical research program with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS. In addition to his role at the Kirby Institute, Professor Cooper is also a consultant physician to the HIV/immunology infectious diseases clinical services unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
Internationally, Professor Cooper is recognised as a leading HIV clinician and clinical investigator. He is a past President of the International AIDS Society and past Chairman of the World Health Organisation-UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC). In 1996, he co-founded HIV-NAT, a clinical research and trials collaboration based at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre at the Chulalongkorn University Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. He is actively involved in studies of biomedical prevention and therapeutic optimisation strategies for HIV infection in the developing world.
He is an author on more than 800 published scientific papers and is on the editorial boards of several international journals.
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australian Society for Immunology, American Society for Immunology, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, Australian Society for Medical Research, American Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Australian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, International AIDS Society, Australian Academy of Science