Professor Richard Head is a Pharmacologist and is currently Emeritus Professor in the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Affiliate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology, The University of Adelaide and Honorary CSIRO Fellow.   Previously he was the interim Director of the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia, the Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice President: Research and Innovation for the University of South Australia with a substantive position as the Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research, Division of Health Sciences also at the University of South Australia.

Formerly he was the Director of CSIRO’s P-Health National Flagship and Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Health Sciences and Nutrition and prior to that Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Human Nutrition.  He served as Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at West Virginia University Medical Centre, as Research Fellow with the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology USA.

Professor Head provided leadership in integrating CSIRO’s fundamental and applied research in human health into Australian health research and development.  He is known for operating in translational health on a National scale with multidisciplinary programs. He was the recipient of the CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement, the CSIRO Business Excellence Award, co-recipient of the CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award (2017), co-recipient of the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research (2017) and recipient of the U S, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Development Award.

Professor Head has a unique background and skill base in pharmacology and nutrition. He is a Member of numerous professional organisations and has extensive experience in research and research management.