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Vanessa Tyrrell

Program Manager, Personalised Medicine

Vanessa Tyrrell is the Program Leader of the Zero Childhood Cancer national child cancer personalised medicine program.

Building on a distinguished career in diagnostic laboratory genetics, she joined Children’s Cancer Institute in 2015 to drive the development and implementation of all research, operational, and logistic elements of the Zero Childhood Cancer program, and to co-ordinate and integrate these with the lead clinical team based at Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Ms Tyrrell has extensive experience in oncology, clinical, and prenatal diagnostic genetics service delivery in public and private sectors, laboratory management, accreditation, quality assurance, and leadership development. Since 2006, she has gained solid commercial experience in the global genomic and molecular biology industry; has managed genomics projects and policy development nationally for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, interacted with the Federal Department of Health on genomic projects, is a past member of the NHMRC’s Human Genetics Advisory Committee; and a current member of the NSW OHMR Genomics Reference Group. This range of experience has equipped her to manage the complex laboratory and clinical service delivery, commercial, and policy challenges associated with the innovative and translational nature of integrating personalised medicine into today’s healthcare.

Ms Tyrrell is an Associate of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, holds an MBA in general management, and is a Fellow of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). She is a long-serving executive committee member of the HGSA, contributing to many committees and working groups over the past 15 years, and currently holds the office of Vice President.