DR MARIA DE LEON-SANTIAGO
Dr Maria de Leon-Santiago is the Manager of the SPHERE Centre of Research Excellence and is based at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. Her research background is in immunology, but she moved into primary health care where she has developed expertise in research development and management. In the last five years, Maria has been instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of more than $4 million in competitive and contract research funding for projects in women’s health, cancer, chronic disease, preventive care, and mental health. She has also cultivated relationships with key stakeholders in primary care, women’s health and industry to develop research collaborations, identify funding opportunities, and support research planning and strategy at a university and policy level.