Professor Eric Morand, Head, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University. Professor of Medicine and Rheumatic Diseases research group leader in the Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases. Director of Rheumatology at Monash Health and Founder of the Lupus Clinic at Monash.
Trained as a specialist physician in rheumatology in Australia and at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases UK, Eric has led the rheumatic diseases group of the Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases since the mid 1990s. He has held Program and Project grants from NH&MRC, NIH, and Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and served on the Council of the Australian Rheumatology Assocation and chaired its Scientific Program and Research Committee. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and patents. The main focus of his research has been the actions of glucocorticoid-regulated proteins in inflammatory processes relevant to rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
Eric founded the Monash Lupus Clinic in 2006. This is Australia's only multidisciplinary clinic focussed on SLE, and hosts the Monash Lupus database, Australia's largest longitudinal collection of clinical data and matching serum/DNA bank. In 2012 he became the Director of Rheumatology at Monash Health. Eric is Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, now the largest site for clinical teaching in Australia's largest medical degree. Prior to becoming Head of School in 2011, Eric chaired the Clinical Skills Theme of the Monash MBBS degree and served as Year III MBBS coordinator at School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.