Infection and Immunity

Our work addresses important infectious diseases and immune and allergy problems that impact children both locally and globally.

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Our research

Our research topics are broad, including;

  • childhood respiratory disease (pneumonia, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis)
  • gastrointestinal disease (rotavirus and other enteric viruses, mucosal immunology, Helicobacter pylori)
  • neglected tropical diseases (scabies, rheumatic fever, parasitic diseases)
  • maternal and neonatal infections, vaccinology (vaccine discovery, vaccine clinical trials and evaluation, vaccine safety)
  • infectious diseases modelling, operational and public health field research, and clinical infectious diseases
  • immune therapies (peanut allergy, non-specific effects of BCG), investigation of how infections affect future health (especially cardiovascular health) among others.

Many of our research areas have particular relevance to disadvantaged populations, especially in low and middle-income countries, and we have an established track record and emerging program in Global Child Health. 

Our research topics are broad, including;

  • childhood respiratory disease (pneumonia, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis)
  • gastrointestinal disease (rotavirus and other enteric viruses, mucosal immunology, Helicobacter pylori)
  • neglected tropical diseases...

Our research topics are broad, including;

  • childhood respiratory disease (pneumonia, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis)
  • gastrointestinal disease (rotavirus and other enteric viruses, mucosal immunology, Helicobacter pylori)
  • neglected tropical diseases (scabies, rheumatic fever, parasitic diseases)
  • maternal and neonatal infections, vaccinology (vaccine discovery, vaccine clinical trials and evaluation, vaccine safety)
  • infectious diseases modelling, operational and public health field research, and clinical infectious diseases
  • immune therapies (peanut allergy, non-specific effects of BCG), investigation of how infections affect future health (especially cardiovascular health) among others.

Many of our research areas have particular relevance to disadvantaged populations, especially in low and middle-income countries, and we have an established track record and emerging program in Global Child Health. 

Infection and Immunity groups

Allergy Immunology

Reducing the personal and societal burden of food allergy through improving management and developing cures.

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Asia Pacific Health

Improving the health of children and families in the Asia-Pacific.

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Cellular Immunology

Understanding the roles of the many cell types that make up the immune system.

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Clinical Paediatrics

Advancing diagnosis, investigation and treatment of children with common childhood illnesses who present to hospital.

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Enteric Diseases

Reducing disease burden and deaths because of enteric diseases.

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Infectious Diseases

Improving health outcomes for children and communities by supporting better policy decision making for disease prevention and control.

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Inflammatory Origins

Understanding susceptibility to infection and inflammation.

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International Child Health

Focusing on equity and the health professionals and systems which deliver care in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Molecular Immunity

Understanding the early cellular and molecular origins of childhood health and complex disease.

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Molecular Microbiology

Improving reproductive health through infectious diseases research.

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New Vaccines

Developing, evaluating and enhancing vaccination strategies worldwide.

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Respiratory

Improving the respiratory health and well-being of all children and young people..

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SAEFVIC

Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC) focuses on vaccine safety and surveillance.

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Translational Microbiology

Discovering better ways to detect and prevent diseases caused by bacterial pathogens of major global health importance.

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Tropical Diseases

Preventing and controlling infectious diseases that affect children and their families in disadvantaged communities.

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Vaccine and immunisation research group (VIRGO)

Translating between theory and the real-world delivery of vaccine programs.

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Vaccine Uptake

Improving vaccine confidence and uptake across the lifespan in Australia and globally.

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