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We say a fond farewell to RPA Head of Dermatology Professor Wolfgang Weninger.

Auf Wiedersehen to leading immunologist

August 2018

We say a fond farewell to RPA Head of Dermatology Professor Wolfgang Weninger.

We say a fond farewell to RPA Head of Dermatology Professor Wolfgang Weninger.

RPA is farewelling leading immunologist Professor Wolfgang Weninger who is leaving Sydney after 11 years of service to take-up a prestigious new role in his native Austria.

Professor Weninger was appointed Head of the Department of Dermatology at RPA in 2007 and the Raymond E. Purves Chair of Dermatology at the University of Sydney. Not one to be far from the laboratory, Wolfgang has also led the Immune Imaging Program at the Centenary Institute, as well as serving as the Institute’s Deputy Director.

Over the years Professor Weninger’s work has focused on immune responses in normal and diseased skin, particularly how immune cells respond to infection, inflammation and skin cancers. He is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in using multiphoton microscopy to view immune responses, and has used the technology to uncover immune cell behaviour during anti-pathogen and anti-tumour immune responses in the skin and other organs.

Professor Weninger received his clinical training in Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna in the 1990s. From there, he headed to the United States where he spent four years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, before joining the Immunology Program at Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute as an Assistant Professor.

Turning full-circle, Professor Weninger is now returning to the Medical University of Vienna, where he’ll be taking up the position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology. He’ll be joined by his wife, fellow RPA immunologist and Centenary scientist Dr Lois Cavanagh, and their two boys.

“I will miss Sydney with all its beauty, sun and outstanding cuisine, the scientific community at Centenary and the University of Sydney, and my clinical colleagues and patients at RPA Hospital,” Professor Weninger said.

“At the same time I look forward to taking over one of the oldest chairs in our specialty at the Medical University of Vienna, with its pivotal contributions to modern dermatology research and practice. Rest assured, I will be a frequent visitor at Centenary and RPA in the future and hope for a long-lasting and productive collaboration across the continents.”

Centenary is hosting a Festschrift in Professor Weninger’s honour on August 17, focusing on imaging, inflammation and dermatology. For more information, click here.

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