Vasso Apostolopoulos

Vasso Apostolopoulos

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships, Victoria University
PhD 1995, University of Melbourne, and Austin Research Institute

Over 25 years experience in research in the area of vaccines and drugs for cancer and chronic diseases with translational focus. In addition, extensive clinical research background, translating research to clinical trials to commercialisation, and expertise with consulting for pharmaceutical companies. Excellent skills on the commercialisation side of drug development and clinical research. Multidisciplinary research, in the areas of, immunology, crystallography, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, crystallography, clinical research and drug development.

Cancer, MS and Chronic diseases (such as, diabetes). Translational research, clinical research, vaccine development. Developing new improved vaccines and delivery systems to treat diseases with immunology focus. Strong interest in crystallography and how to use crystallography to design new improved vaccines and drugs.

Areas of research include: cancer, type-1 diabetes, type-2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, mental health, drug addiction, infectious diseases including the recent SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.

Professional Activities
Grant review panel, NHMRC Australia, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation USA
Grant and Fellowship Assessor, NHMRC, ARC Australia and numerous International granting bodies

Regional Editor, Recent Patents Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery
Section Editor, Current Medicinal Chemistry
Section Editor, Medicinal Chemistry
Editor in Chief, Vaccines (section: toxicology and clinical trials)
Associate Editor, Immunotherapy
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Immunology
Review Editor, Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines [IF=6.429, Q1] (October 2011 - Present)

Editorial Advisory Board of,
Cancers; Maturitas; Frontiers in Microbial Immunology; Expert Review of Vaccines; Medicinal Chemistry; Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica; Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines; Biomed Research International (Immunology subject area); Updates in Gynecology and Obstetrics

Guest Editor of,
Expert Review of Vaccines; Journal of Drug Delivery; Molecular Pharmaceutics; Current Pharmaceutical Design; Vaccines; Medicinal Chemistry; Cancers; Vaccines; Brain Sciences

Judging Panel for numerous national and international awards
The Science Advisory Board, USA
NHMRC Research Translation Faculty

Author of over 370 research publications and books, and an inventor of 18 patents and 90 sub-patents

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Europe's second wave is worse than the first. What went so wrong, and what can it learn from countries like Vietnam?

Oct 15, 2020 14:25 pm UTC| Health

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Apr 18, 2020 06:41 am UTC| Health

For centuries, doctors and care givers have listened to the different types of cough in search of clues to help diagnose underlying disease. Coughs are a valuable diagnostic tool, but how do you know if youve got a...



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