Professor Ben Canny is President of the Academic Board of Monash University, which is responsible to the Council of Monash University for the maintenance of high standards in teaching and research. As Associate Dean (MBBS International) – Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Canny is responsible for international relationships involving the MBBS degree, including in Malaysia and the Middle East.
Prior to assuming these roles in early 2014, Professor Canny was Deputy Dean (MBBS) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. In this role, he was responsible for the overall academic governance of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (medical) degree, working closely with colleagues in the Central medical program at Clayton, the Gippsland graduate entry course, the Malaysia Medical School, and the Northern Victorian Rural Medical Education Network (NVRMEN), which oversees the Extended Rural Cohort.
Professor Canny obtained his MBBS and BMedSc from the University of Adelaide, before completing his internship. After studying in the Department of Medicine at Prince Henry's Hospital, he obtained his PhD in stress endocrinology from Monash. A two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia followed, after which Professor Canny returned to Australia to take up an academic position within the Department of Physiology in 1992. He has maintained an active research and teaching profile, focusing on various aspects of stress, reproductive and metabolic endocrinology, as well as on ethics and professional and clinical skills.
Professor Canny has occupied a number of other important roles, including Chair of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee, and is a past Vice-President of the Monash University Academic Board. He was President of the Endocrine Society of Australia between 2002 and 2004.