Professor Stephen Locarnini, BSc(Hons), PhD, MBBS, FRC(Path) is from the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL, originally Fairfield Hospital Laboratory) where he has worked since 1989. He was Director of Laboratory Services from 1990-1998 and then assumed the position of Head, Research & Molecular Development of VIDRL. He is also Director of World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B. His current major research interests include viral hepatitis, hepatitis vaccines, and antiviral chemotherapy with an emphasis on the basic virology of the various agents of hepatitis, the molecular pathogenesis of hepatitis, as well as prevention and public health control measures. The treatment of hepatitis B and C infections with antiviral agents represents a major focus.
Professor Locarnini is the recipient of numerous awards including the Malaysian Liver Foundation Medal for work on Viral Hepatitis, the Bristol Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover Award and is the 2011 recipient of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) award for Scientific Recognition. He is author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles, 15 invited editorials and over 70 book chapters and reviews and every year for the past 5 years, has delivered a number of invited and plenary lectures at major international conferences.
Professor Locarnini has recently co-founded the NGO, Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia-Pacific (CEVHAP).