Australia Day

26 January 2015

94 days to go

Professor Julie Campbell AO

Professor Julie Campbell AO


Medical researcher, now cattle producer

Throughout her 40 year career, Professor Julie Campbell has been a professional research scientist and recognised world leader in the cell biology of cardiovascular diseases. She has a life-long commitment to improving human health through research and developing and promoting science education. 

She was a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with continuous NHMRC Fellowships for 30 years (1981–2010) both in Melbourne and Brisbane, and was a Research Professor at the University of Queensland and Director of the Centre for Research in Vascular Biology from 1991–2011.

From 1996–2012 Julie was the Director of the Wesley Research Institute (WRI), which is a medical research institute co-located at The Wesley Hospital—Queensland’s largest private hospital. The mission of the WRI is to make an immediate and lasting difference to health care practices by improving quality of life and patient care through medical research.

Julie has held many positions including:

  • elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 2000, which at the time had only 14 female Fellows nationally. She was the second Queensland female scientist to be elected since 1956.
  • member of Council and Executive Committee of the Australian Academy of Science for two terms.
  • founder and inaugural President of the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS), 1992.
  • Chairman of the Xth International Vascular Biology Meeting held in Cairns in August 1998 that won the Meeting Industry Association of Australia Award for Excellence.
  • Secretary for Education and Public Awareness of the Australian Academy of Science from 2006-10.
  • President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, 2010–12.

Julie has received many honours including:

  • Women in Business Award,  2007
  • Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), 2006
  • Queensland Great, 2004
  • Centenary Medal for services to vascular biology and the community, 2003
  • Welcome Australia Medal for distinguished scientific achievement towards our understanding of the cell biology of atherosclerosis and other vascular diseases, 1995
  • Honoured by Distinguished Lecture Awards from both the Australian Vascular Biology Society and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Julie has authored a total of 240 papers in international scientific/medical journals, three books and has two patents.