Dr Simon Mallal, Clinical Immunologist at Royal Perth Hospital, started working with Professor Ian James, then Head of Mathematics at Murdoch University in 1990. His formal affiliation with the University began in 1991.
In 2000 the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and the Vice-Chancellor of Murdoch University, Professor Val Alder and Professor Steven Schwartz respectively, recognised the successful research collaboration of Professor Simon Mallal and Professor Ian James, and formalised the arrangement by establishing the Centre for Clinical Immunology and Biomedical statistics (CCIBS) as a university research centre in partnership with Royal Perth Hospital.
The strong nexus between the Centre and the University was founded on the basic tenets of trust, mutual respect and recognition and understanding of the Centre’s world class medical research. These circumstances provided the ideal environment for the Centre to grow and flourish. The establishment of the Centre for Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases and the Centre for Thrombosis and Haemophilia led by Professor Elizabeth Phillips and Professor Ross Baker respectively, followed in 2006. This natural expansion led to the establishment of the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IIID).
The Institute was formally established as a University research Institute by Academic Council (AC/107/2006) on 19 July 2006 following the endorsement of the University’s Research and Development Board (RDB2006/17). Funding for the Institute from the Commonwealth and State Governments was granted to establish a geographic identity for the Centre, with the intention of providing Western Australian medical researchers a home for the coordination of various research related programs and to leverage the critical mass of science infrastructure.