Professor Allan Cripps is Pro Vice Chancellor for Health at Griffith University. He has a distinguished career as both a clinical scientist in the hospital setting, as well as in academia. He is a fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and the Institute of Biomedical Science in the UK. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management. Prof Cripps had almost 20 years experience in the health and pharmaceutical industries before becoming a full-time academic. Drawing on his earlier work on the development of immunity in children and immune mechanisms, he has been able to make a significant contribution to the field of immunology, including being co-inventor on a number of international patents in the fields of diagnostic technology and vaccine protein antigens for respiratory infections. Prof Cripps was recently appointed as a Director on the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services Board. However, despite his extensive University administrative and Board commitments, he remains passionate and actively involved in research. Prof Cripps has published over 270 peer reviewed scientific papers and presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences. He has also been the recipient of over $13.8 million in Government and industry grant funding throughout his illustrious career. Prof Cripps continues to successfully supervise research Higher Degree and Honours students and is a member of a number of Australian and international bodies including the Australian and American Societies of Microbiology, the Australasian Society of Immunology and the American Association for Immunology. He recently launched the academic e-journal pneumonia and plays an active role as Chief Editor. He is also the founder and steering committee member of NTHi-Watch and was recently appointed to the Council of 100 for the journal Vaccine.