Melissa Wake is a Consultant paediatrician, Associate Director at the Centre for Community Child Health at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Head of the Community Health Services Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Professorial Fellow with the Dept of Paediatircs at the University of Melbourne.
She works to build platforms that change children’s research and to test interventions that change children’s care. Her population randomised trials group, established 2002, has completed 17 trials (9 Wake CIA). Her large-scale platforms encompass (1) health design of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) since inception; (2) the Child Health CheckPoint, LSAC’s state-of-the art intergenerational physical and biomarkers repository; (3) the harmonised biorepository component of the CRE- Child Language; and (4) the conceptualisation of ‘Gen V’, aiming to transform Victoria into a dynamic platform geared to solve pressing questions re child health, development and wellbeing.
She has authored over 220 publications. Awards include the 2009 Australian Health Minister's Prize for Excellence in Health & Medical Research and consecutive NHMRC Excellence Awards (2009-12, 2013-16) as top-ranked Fellow in Australia.