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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 a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is the 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 the 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, the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020, and the Sir Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in 2024.
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 a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is the 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 the 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, the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020, and the Sir Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in 2024.

Top Publications

  • Nascimento, BR, Nunes, MCP, da Silva, JLP, Steer, A, Engelman, D, Okello, E, Rwebembera, J, Zuhlke, L, Mirabel, M, Nakitto, M, et al. Outcomes of latent rheumatic heart disease: External validation of a simplified score in patients with and without secondary prophylaxis.. Int J Cardiol 399: 131662 2024
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  • Xie, O, Morris, JM, Hayes, AJ, Towers, RJ, Jespersen, MG, Lees, JA, Ben Zakour, NL, Berking, O, Baines, SL, Carter, GP, et al. Inter-species gene flow drives ongoing evolution of Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis.. Nat Commun 15(1) : 2286 2024
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  • Hung, T-Y, Phuong, LK, Grobler, A, Tong, SYC, Freeth, P, Pelenda, A, Gibney, KB, Steer, AC. Antibiotics to eradicate Streptococcus pyogenes pharyngeal carriage in asymptomatic children and adults: A systematic review.. J Infect 88(3) : 106104 2024
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  • Smeesters, PR, de Crombrugghe, G, Tsoi, SK, Leclercq, C, Baker, C, Osowicki, J, Verhoeven, C, Botteaux, A, Steer, AC. Global Streptococcus pyogenes strain diversity, disease associations, and implications for vaccine development: a systematic review.. Lancet Microbe 5(2) : e181 -e193 2024
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  • Parks, T, Kado, J, Tukana, I, Steer, A. Measuring morbidity and mortality attributable to rheumatic heart disease in Fiji: a prototype study of disease burden in a developing country by data linkage. International Journal for Population Data Science 1(1) : 385 2024
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