Professor Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency medicine specialist, Director of Research at the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and Head of Emergency Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. He is a professor at the University of Melbourne.

Franz is the founding chair of PREDICT, the paediatric emergency research network in Australia and New Zealand. Franz is also affiliated with the National Trauma Research Institute and is an executive committee member of PERN, the global collaboration of pediatric emergency research networks. Franz supervises a number of PhD and MD students. He is section editor of Emergency Medicine Australasia. In PREDICT he is a chief investigator on several National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants including an observational study on paediatric head injury and neuroimaging, a randomised controlled trial on Bell’s palsy, a randomised controlled trial on high flow nasal cannula therapy for bronchiolitis and a chief investigator for the NHMRC funded Paediatric Emergency Medicine Centre of Research Excellence and a chief investigator on several other NHMRC funded multicentre studies.