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Biographical entry Cooper, David Albert (1949 - 2018)

Born
16 April 1949
Died
18 March 2018
Occupation
Advocacy and Immunologist

Summary

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.

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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.

Events

- 1972
Education - Medical Degree, The University of Sydney
- 1983
Education - Doctor of Medecine, The University of New South Wales, Australia
c. 1972 - c. 1973
Education - Post Graduate Research Fellow in Immunology, The University of New South Wales (with scholarship)
1975 - 1976
Career position - Cancer Council Fellow, University of Arizona Health Sciences Centre, University of Arizona, United States of America
1976 - 1979
Award - National Health and Medical Research Council Scholarship, St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1979 - 1983
Career position - Staff specialist in Immunology, St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1986 - 2018
Career position - Inaugural Director, The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
1988 -
Career position - Principal Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia
1988 -
Career position - Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Australia
1991 -
Chair - HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee, UNAIDS, World Health Organisation
1994 -
Career position - Professor, The University of New South Wales, Australia
1994
Award - Doctor of Science, The University of New South Wales, Australia
1994 - 1998
Organisation - President, International AIDs Society
1996
Organisation - Co-Founder, HIV-NAT, Bangkok, Thailand
2003
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Commonwealth Government of Australia
2004 - 2010
Award - Scientia Professor, The University of New South Wales, Australia
2016
Award - James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia

  • David Cooper interviewed by Alistair Thomson in the Australian generations oral history project., 1959 - 2013, 220009702; National Library of Australia. Details
  • David Cooper interviewed by Stewart Harris for the Australian response to AIDS oral history project, 22 September 1993 - 20 October 1993, 2170404; National Library of Australia. Details
  • Portrait of Professor David Cooper, Director HIV Medicine Unit, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, 1993, 1 [picture] / Stewart Harris, 1993, 151806997; National Library of Australia. Details
  • Portrait of Professor David Cooper, Director HIV Medicine Unit, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, 1993, 2 [picture] / Stewart Harris, 1993, 151807446; National Library of Australia. Details
  • Portrait of Professor David Cooper, Director HIV Medicine Unit, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, 1993, 3 [picture] / Stewart Harris, 1993, 151807891; National Library of Australia. Details

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