Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection, disease and tissue damage. However, ongoing or misdirected inflammation underlies many diseases.

Leadership and management

Division Head
Dr James Richards
Division Coordinator
Dr Philippe Bouillet
Honorary Research Fellow
Laboratory Head
Honorary Research Fellow
Laboratory Head
Theme Leader
Dr Maria Tanzer
Laboratory Head
Professor James Vince
Laboratory Head
Photo of Ian Wicks
Centre Head


Approximately one in three Australians has a chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease.

We are working to develop a detailed understanding of the triggers that promote inflammation and how this can lead to disease. We aim to harness this knowledge to develop new diagnostics and treatments for inflammatory diseases.

To contact the division please email Dr James Richards, Division Coordinator, at richards.j@wehi.edu.au.