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Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is Co-Chair of Melbourne Children’s Global Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Andrew did the majority of his medical training at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Andrew moved to Suva, Fiji, in 2005 where he conducted research towards his PhD (University of Melbourne). Subsequently, he completed his subspecialty training in paediatric infectious diseases at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, before returning to Melbourne in 2010.

Andrew’s research focuses on tropical diseases, particularly scabies, Strep A and rheumatic heart disease. He is Director of the World Scabies Program, recipient of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award, and Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Scabies Control. Andrew is Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative, Co-Chair of the Strep A Vaccine Global Consortium, and President of the Lancefield International Society for Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases.

Andrew has won several awards including the inaugural Jian Zhou Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2020, and the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020.
Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal...
Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is Co-Chair of Melbourne Children’s Global Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Andrew did the majority of his medical training at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Andrew moved to Suva, Fiji, in 2005 where he conducted research towards his PhD (University of Melbourne). Subsequently, he completed his subspecialty training in paediatric infectious diseases at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, before returning to Melbourne in 2010.

Andrew’s research focuses on tropical diseases, particularly scabies, Strep A and rheumatic heart disease. He is Director of the World Scabies Program, recipient of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award, and Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Scabies Control. Andrew is Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative, Co-Chair of the Strep A Vaccine Global Consortium, and President of the Lancefield International Society for Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases.

Andrew has won several awards including the inaugural Jian Zhou Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2020, and the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020.

Top Publications

  • Williamson, DA, Smeesters, PR, Steer, AC, Steemson, JD, Ng, ACH, Proft, T, Fraser, JD, Baker, MG, Morgan, J, Carter, PE, et al. M-Protein Analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes Isolates Associated with Acute Rheumatic Fever in New Zealand. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 53(11) : 3618 -3620 2015
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  • Steer, AC, Smeesters, PR, Curtis, N. Streptococcal Serology. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 34(11) : 1250 -1252 2015
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  • Martin, WJ, Steer, AC, Smeesters, PR, Keeble, J, Inouye, M, Carapetis, J, Wicks, IP. Post-infectious group A streptococcal autoimmune syndromes and the heart. Autoimmunity Reviews 14(8) : 710 -725 2015
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  • Romani, L, Steer, AC, Whitfeld, MJ, Kaldor, JM. Prevalence of scabies and impetigo worldwide: a systematic review. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 15(8) : 960 -967 2015
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  • Milner, KM, Neal, EFG, Roberts, G, Steer, AC, Duke, T. Long-term neurodevelopmental outcome in high-risk newborns in resource-limited settings: a systematic review of the literature. Paediatrics and International Child Health 35(3) : 227 -242 2015
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