Cooper, David Albert (1949-2018)

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Advocacy; Immunologist
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David Cooper was a leading HIV clinician and expert. His work included significant contributions to the role of lipodystrophy as a side effect of protease inhibitors and the establishment of multiple HIV and immunology research centres.

David Cooper's clinical research into HIV has contributed significantly to the identification and treatment of the condition. It was Cooper who gave one of the first diagnosis of HIV in Australia in 1985, after returning from the United States of America where the first official reports on the AIDs epidemic were emerging.

From 1985 David Cooper's primary focus was HIV. He was the inaugural director of the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society (originally known as the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) in 1986. He also co-founded international organisations to address HIV in developing countries including HIV-NAT in Thailand and an Infectious Diseases Collaboration between the Kirby Institute and the University of Medicine 2 in Myanmar Burma.

David Cooper also participated in numerous professional associations at an Australian and International level including time as President of the International AIDs Society (1994 -1998) and Chair of the World Health Organisations UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee (1991). His work was not limited to clinical studies but also involved training healthcare workers and advising governments on public health and clinical policy in relation to HIV. His obituaries frequently describe not just his scientific excellence but his compassion and commitment for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

In 2003 David Cooper received an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services contribution to medicine and HIV/AIDS research followed by a James Cook Medal for outstanding contribution to Science and Human Welfare, from the Royal Society of New South Wales in 2016.

  • Education - Medical Degree, The University of Sydney
  • Education - Doctor of Medecine, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Education - Post Graduate Research Fellow in Immunology, The University of New South Wales (with scholarship)
  • Career position - Cancer Council Fellow, University of Arizona Health Sciences Centre, University of Arizona, United States of America
  • Award - National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship, St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Career position - Staff specialist in Immunology, St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Career position - Inaugural Director, The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
  • Career position - Principal Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia
  • Career position - Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Chair - HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee, UNAIDS, World Health Organisation
  • Career position - Professor, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Award - Doctor of Science, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Organisation - President, International AIDs Society
  • Organisation - Co-Founder, HIV-NAT, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Commonwealth Government of Australia
  • Award - Scientia Professor, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Award - James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales

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  1. Cooper, David Albert
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Professor David Cooper
    Published: Australian Academy of Science, 2018
    Series: Obituary, Fellows Update
  3. Raising awareness in HIV treatment
    Cooper, David and Kelly, Fran
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Commission, 2012
    Series: Radio National
  4. Sunday Profile
    Cooper, David and Aedy Richard
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Commission, 2015
    Series: ABC Radio National
  5. COOPER, David Albert
    Published: Australian Government, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2018
    Series: It's an Honour
  6. Cooper, David Albert
    Mellor, Lise
    Published: The University of Sydney, 2008
    Series: Sydney Medical School
  7. Remebering David Cooper
    Published: International AIDS Society, 2018
    Series: International AIDS Society News
  8. Vale Professor David Cooper
    Crabb, Brendan
    Published: Burnet Institute, 2018
    Series: Burnet Institute
  9. Scientia Professor David Cooper
    Published: University of New South Wales, 2018
    Series: The Kirby Institute

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