Malcolm Lawson

Dr, BSc MBA PhD W.Aust., AFAIM

  • The University of Western Australia (M720), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G302, Biomedical Research Facility, Shenton Park

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Lawson currently directs the UWA Centre for Animal Care Services and provides University wide support for extensive research animal based care, husbandry and veterinary services consistent with the NH&MRC Code of Practice and with other federal and state regulatory agencies. As Director of UWA Animal Services, Dr Lawson provides extensive assistance to UWA Research Centres and Institutes in developing animal based research technologies and support.

Dr Lawson completed a BSc with First Class Honours in Microbiology and was awarded a Commonwealth Post-Graduate Research Award and completed a UWA PhD in Virology (Distinction) investigating biological and virulence characteristics of Australian Flaviviruses. He completed post-doctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health (USA) on a Fogarty Research Fellowship developing vaccine strategies for Human Immunodeficiency Viruses. On his return to Australia, Dr Lawson led a team within an Australian based Cooperative Research Centre in the successful development of recombinant immuno-contraceptive viral vaccines for pest animal (mouse) control.

Dr Lawson has held a number of NH&MRC, Grains Research and Development Corporation and Australian Antarctic Division research grants and with Cooperative Research Centre support has supervised the successful completion of a number of Honours, Masters and PhD candidates, published high impact journal articles and been awarded patents on recombinant viral technologies developed as part his Cooperative Research Centre research.

Dr Lawson has completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School having completed the General Management Program.


Dr Lawson continues to develop and refine UWA's laboratory animal research facilities, implementing and commissioning electronic facilities management software, forging close working relationships with veterinary professionals and continues to maintain international accreditation of the UWA laboratory animal facilities by AAALAC - the first University in Australia to have done so. Dr Lawson continues to act as an ad hoc consultant to AAALAC to promote and improve the care and use of experimental animals at the international and national level.

Roles and responsibilities

The Director of the UWA Centre for Animal Care Services is responsible to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research for the management, development and continuous improvement of the Universities’ animal based biomedical research programs. The Director provides strategic leadership and accountability to the UWA Executive to ensure the viability and support of the Centre in the provision high quality laboratory animal care, wellbeing and welfare, collaborative research support to a wide range of research stakeholders and to promote these activities through national and international forums. The Director leads and manages Animal Care Services in the delivery of high quality animal care and biomedical research project development. The Director also provides strategic planning in the delivery of these services to UWA and provides influence to ensure that high standards of animal care and husbandry for all animals utilised in research and teaching at UWA are well developed and maintained.

Research

Development of key UWA animal research facilities and infrastructure
Development of animal based Bio-imaging resources
Management of professional staff in the care and health of animals
Leading international accreditation processes for laboratory animal based research activities
Facilitating a range of animal based biomedical and scientific research projects
Liaising with stakeholders and researchers in the development of animal based research initiatives.

Research expertise keywords

  • Animal-based project management
  • Biological safety
  • Information management
  • Laboratory animal disease and detection
  • Recombinant DNA

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