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Prof Dale Bailey Appointed as the New Director of Sydney Vital

Sydney Vital is pleased to announce and welcome Prof Dale Bailey to be our new Centre Director, replacing Prof Alexander Engel. Prof Bailey will be responsible for ensuring the continuation of the many successful programmes already in place at Sydney Vital and leading the plans for the next 5-year programme of Sydney Vital.

Prof Bailey is the Principal Physicist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital and Professor in Medical Imaging Science at the University of Sydney. He is also a Hon. Affiliate of the Faculty of Medicine & Health and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Prof Bailey has been a Sydney Vital management team member since the inception of NTCRU in 2011. Being the leader of Sydney Vital’s Flagship 2 – Translational Theranostics – he has been actively involved in the translational cancer research field at Sydney Vital from its outset.


“Sydney Vital has evolved over the past few years to recognise the unique areas of cancer expertise that exist on the Northern Sydney campus. The Northern Sydney Local Health District has some of the best cancer outcomes in all of Australia thanks to the dedication & commitment of the clinicians and researchers contributing to individualised patient-focused management.

My plan is to continue to support this effort while encouraging novel approaches towards new cancer treatment strategies by rapidly translating research into clinical practice. The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting is central to the way cancer patients are managed in the Northern Sydney LHD and one of the aims of Sydney Vital will be to better integrate basic and translational scientists into this team effort”, said Prof Bailey.


Prof Bailey obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Technology, Sydney and his doctorate from the University of Surrey (UK). Prior to his current role, Professor Bailey has held appointments at Harvard Medical School, the Medical Research Council (UK) at Hammersmith Hospital, London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Prof Bailey’s expertise and interests are in quantitative three-dimensional functional imaging with radiotracers (SPECT & PET), more recently employing X-ray CT in combination with SPECT & PET imaging. He has made contributions in numerous areas including respiratory medicine, oncology, neurosciences and radionuclide-based therapies.

In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Prof Alexander Engel on his appointment as the Director of Cancer Services and Palliative Care for the Northern Sydney LHD. We would also like to acknowledge his great vision, contributions and achievements to Sydney Vital over the past five years.

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