Professor Ed Byrne was last week named as incoming vice-chancellor of Monash University, replacing Professor Richard Larkins next July. Since early last year Byrne has been vice provost (health) at University College London. Before that Byrne was dean of medicine, nursing and health sciences at Monash. He has also held senior posts at the University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and Adelaide Hospital, as well as a previous stint at UCL in the early 1980s. He was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and the Centre for Neuroscience.