Darren Gidbon, PhD, is Director Research for the WA Department of Health’s Research Development Unit. The Research Development Unit provides policy and funding support for health and medical research across both the WA public health system and the wider WA health and medical research sector. The unit is currently advancing the WA State Government’s Future Health Research and Innovation policy to implement the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund and develop a 10-year Cancer Research Plan for Western Australia.
Darren previously led the collaboration, innovation and industry engagement program at Edith Cowan University. He also has extensive research governance experience, including managing the Scottish Mental Health Research Network. Darren has extensive experience in medicinal chemistry, having being a senior research scientist within Biotechnology (UK and New Zealand) investigating novel oncology and HIV therapeutics. Darren graduated in Medicinal Chemistry, BSc (hons), from Dundee University, and obtained a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of St Andrews. He also completed a LLM in Medical Law and Ethics from De Montfort University.