The Emeritus Team

Experience & Care

Meet the Emeritus team

Our doctors draw upon decades of experience and specialty training to provide the highest level of care for our participants.  They are supported by our cohesive and innovative management team who utilise their experience across clinical research, business and beyond to ensure that we can offer new treatment options for those with unmet needs.

Prof. Stephen Hall

Medical Director

Professor Hall is a rheumatologist with a position as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Monash University based at Cabrini Hospital. Stephen has published widely on all aspects of rheumatic disease and maintains a strong interest in general Medicine. he has led some 250 clinical trials and is fascinated by new advances in medicine and what they may offer those who suffer with various medical conditions. Patient care and safety remains his prime focus.

A/Prof. Andrew Ostor


Professor Andrew Ostor is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Cabrini Medical Centre and Principal Investigator at Emeritus Research, Melbourne. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He was formally Director of the Rheumatology Clinical Research Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK. His research interests include early inflammatory arthritis, biologic and novel treatments for rheumatic diseases, clinical trials, RA associated lung disease, rheumatic manifestations of checkpoint inhibitors and dis-orders of the shoulder joint.

Dr. Louise Murdoch

General Practitioner

Dr Louise Murdoch  worked in General Practice for  15 years before commencing at Emeritus Research.  Louise enjoys ongoing patient contact and the opportunity to provide new treatments for conditions which affect patient’s quality of life such as autoimmune rheumatological or skin disease.  Vaccine trials also provide new prevention options for diseases and Louise enjoys seeing all our healthy volunteer participants.

When not at ER Louise enjoys a busy home life with 6 children and getting into the pool for  a swim as often as possible.

Dr. Nicole McKay

General Practitioner

Dr Nicole McKay brings 20 years’ experience working as a GP in the eastern and bayside suburbs of Melbourne. She is committed to providing comprehensive and holistic care to her patients, and enjoys getting to know her patients.

She joined the Emeritus Research team in 2009, and is passionate about clinical research, and being at the forefront of new clinical developments. Her greatest reward comes from providing these opportunities to our trial participants and seeing the benefits these therapies can bring.

When not working, Nicole enjoys the outdoors and playing music.

Dr. Ed Shelton


Dr Ed Shelton is a highly experienced Gastroenterologist. He graduated with Honours from Monash University and completed a Luminal and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Fellowship at Monash Health. He undertook a further Advanced IBD Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he held a position as a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard University and published research on biologic therapies in IBD.

Ed holds a public position at Monash Health and consults privately in Kew. He lectures Monash University and Melbourne University medical students, is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at Monash University and Senior Fellow in Medical Education at Melbourne University. Ed is the Principal Investigator on IBD clinical trials at Emeritus Research giving his patients access to the latest biologic therapies. He is also one of a handful of IBD physicians in Australia who perform intestinal ultrasound.

Ed maintains an interest in research having published in local and international journals in the fields of IBD, liver disease and endoscopy. 

To all his patients, he offers a caring and conscientious nature. He understands that effective and clear communication is vital for his patients’ care. Ed supports the Carlton football club, loves running and has 3 kids Oscar, Eloise and Ignatius.

Dr. Simone Bamford

General Practitioner

Dr Simone Bamford has been working in the highly specialised field of medical aesthetics for 15 years. Simone graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours in 1997 and quickly established herself as a trusted and proficient general practitioner.

In 2007, Simone consolidated her clinical experience in cosmetic medicine, opening an innovative private practice specialising in bespoke anti-ageing treatments. Simone loves the impact that her work has on her clients; how small improvements can make a big difference in boosting their confidence and self-esteem. As a mother of three young girls, she knows only too well how the day-to-day challenges of life can manifest in our appearance, and how a little expert help can stimulate a positive transformation, both inside and out.

Simone is also passionate about her ongoing exposure to worldwide specialists and attends industry conferences each year to keep abreast of the latest innovations and technologies in the fast-moving world of medical aesthetics. This drive to offer the gold standard in safety and outcomes.

Dr. Gideon Shaw


Dr. Robert Krones

MD FRACP / Consultant Physician General and Acute Medicine

Professor Paul Bird

Professor Paul Bird has over twenty years’ experience in treating rheumatic disease, with particular expertise in Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis.

Internationally recognised as a specialist in rheumatic disease and imaging, he is the current Chair of the International Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research association and actively participates in national and international rheumatology research.

Providing consultation imaging services to Synarc, Bioclinica, Imorphics, and Boston Imaging Core Lab, he continues to participate in image interpretation and analyses in rheumatology clinical trials.  He has been Principal Investigator in over sixty clinical trials and continues to undertake Investigator Initiated Trials. In 2016, his collaborative research on Verterbroplasty was published in the Lancet.

Dr John Sullivan

MB BS (Hons1) FACD

Dr John Sullivan is an experienced dermatologist working for two decades in academic teaching institutions and private practice both in Australia and Canada. His areas of specialty include general (psoriasis, acne and rosacea), skin cancer, laser and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr Sullivan is the principal investigator on numerous dermatology trials, putting him at the forefront of advances in the field of dermatology and laser dermatology. His expertise sees him regularly presenting papers to other medical specialists, overseas, and in Australia.

Scott Needham


15 + years in Tech, Life Sciences, and Healthcare

Scott has a passion for accelerating medical research and has founded & built several companies in the health industry. As CEO of Emeritus Research he has grown the business from 10 staff to the 60 staff employed today across Melbourne and Sydney.

Originally trained as a computer scientist, Scott was CEO of Leadtec, a highly successful provider of ecommerce technologies, which was eventually sold to a US company.  In 2008, he began his shift to the life sciences with the founding of Life Research (now Jomar Life Research).  Leading Technology Group, of which Scott is the Chairman and CEO, is the parent company of Emeritus Research, BasePair Genomics, a pharmacogenomics company, Crux Biolabs, a research service provider, and Cardiobase, a supplier of specialist hospital software. 

Scott is an avid participant in adventure sports, he enjoys reading medical literature and spending time with the family.

Cheryl Coleman

RN / Operations Manager

18 + years in Clinical Trials Management

Teresa Ringeri

RN / Business  Manager

10 years in Clinical Research

After working as a nurse for a short time, Teresa moved to clinical trials at Emeritus Research in April 2011 and fell in love with the field and the benefits it provides to participants, the relationships it can build with trial participants and other people in the research field, as well as the amazing career opportunities. Teresa started off as a Trial Coordinator in 2011, took a break to have her two beautiful children, moving to a Senior Trial Coordinator in 2017 and then Business Manager in Oct 2018 to work in feasibilities and start-up activities, business development, IIS development and staff mentoring.

Outside of working in trials, Teresa loves her time with family and friends, fitness training and participating in fitness events and challenges.


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