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Dr Claire von Mollendorf
Dr Claire von Mollendorf is a medical epidemiologist currently working as a senior research officer in the New Vaccines and Asia-Pacific Research Groups at the Murdoch Children’s Research Unit (MCRI). She has been with MCRI since 2017 and predominantly manages surveillance programmes in Mongolia. She also provides support for other group projects in the Asia-Pacific Region. Prior to this she worked in different research areas, including women's health, HIV and pneumococcal research, in South Africa. Her passion and involvement in research has spanned over an 18 year period and has included adults and children, some vulnerable groups and ranged from clinical trials to observational studies. She also has an interest in the impact of environmental pollution on health.
Honorary appointment as a Senior Fellow within the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Department of Paediatrics.
Award for best poster on the “Epidemiology of Serotype 1 Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in all ages in South Africa, 2003-2013” at the School of Public Health Research Day, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 August 2015.
Dr von Mollendorf's research explores the impact of vaccines in developing countries. Her current work focuses mainly on the direct and indirect impact of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on pneumonia and pneumococcal carriage in children and adults in Mongolia. This work also involves testing for respiratory viruses (lead by Dr Lien Anh Ha Do) and explores the impact of environmental factors (such as air pollution) on the burden of disease. Dr von Mollendorf collaborates with the Mongolian Ministry of Health, WHO and the National laboratory as part of this work.
Vaccine Impact Studies:
- Evaluation of the impact of national pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction in Mongolia. Project coordinator working with PI Prof Kim Mulholland in collaboration with WHO and Mongolia Ministry of Health. Funded by the GAVI Alliance.
- Evaluation of the Impact of Childhood 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) Introduction on Adult Pneumonia in Four Districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Principal investigator in collaboration with WHO and Mongolia Ministry of Health. Funded by Pfizer.
HPV Effectiveness Studies:
- HPV genoprevalence and knowledge in young women in Mongolia, five years following a pilot 4vHPV vaccination campaign. In collaboration with National Cancer Council of Mongolia. Funded by the Australian Direct Aid Programme through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the World Health Organization, Mongolia.
- A single dose of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is immunogenic and reduces HPV detection rates in young women in Mongolia, six years after vaccination. Australian PI in collaboration with PI from National Cancer Council of Mongolia. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Batmunkh T, Dalmau MT, Munkhsaikhan ME, Khorolsuren T, Namjil N, Surenjav U, Toh ZQ, Licciardi PV, Russell FM, Garland SM, Mulholland EK, von Mollendorf C. A single dose of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is immunogenic and reduces HPV detection rates in young women in Mongolia, six years after vaccination. Vaccine 2020 Jun 2;38(27):4316-4324. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.04.041. Epub 2020 May 7.
Do LAH, Tsedenbal N, von Mollendorf C, Mungun T, Bardach D, Mulholland K. What was the real cause of the dramatic increase in measles mortality during the 2015/2016 Mongolian Outbreak? J Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 27. pii: jiaa084. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa084.
Batmunkh T, von Mollendorf C, Tulgaa K, Surenjav U, Dalmau MT, Namjil N, et. al. HPV genoprevalence and HPV knowledge in young women in Mongolia, five years following a pilot 4vHPV vaccination campaign. Papillomavirus Res. 2019 Dec;8:100175. doi: 10.1016/j.pvr.2019.100175. Epub 2019 Jul 2.
von Mollendorf C, La Vincente S, Ulziibayar M, Suuri B, Luvsantseren D, Narangerel D, et. al. Epidemiology of pneumonia in the pre-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era in children 2-59 months of age, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2015-2016. PLoS One. 2019 Sep 11;14(9):e0222423. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222423.
Mthiyane TN, Cohen C, Norris SA, Walaza S, Tempia S, Cohen AL, Von Gottberg A, Von Mollendorf C. Factors associated with missed and delayed DTP3 vaccination in children aged 12 - 59 months in two communities in South Africa, 2012 - 2013. S Afr Med J. 2019 Jul 26;109(8):562-569. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i8.13244.
Mapuroma R, Cohen C, Kuonza L, Musekiwa A, Tempia S, Tshangela A, von Mollendorf C. Healthcare seeking behaviour for common infectious syndromes among people in three administrative regions of Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015: a cross-sectional study. Pan Afr Med J. 2019 Jul 3;33:159. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2019.33.159.18461.
von Mollendorf C, Dunne EM, La Vincente S, Ulziibayar M, Suuri B, Luvsantseren D, et.al. Pneumococcal carriage in children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia before and one year after the introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Vaccine. 2019 Jun 4. pii: S0264-410X(19)30715-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.05.078.
Russell FM, Reyburn R, Chan J, Tuivaga E, Lim R, Lai J, ….. von Mollendorf C, Mackenzie G, Mulholland K. Impact of the change in WHO's severe pneumonia case definition on hospitalized pneumonia epidemiology: case studies from six countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2019 Jun 1;97(6):386-393.
McAnerney JM, Cohen C, Cohen AL, Tempia S, Walaza S, Wong KK…..von Mollendorf C. Healthcare utilisation patterns for respiratory and gastrointestinal syndromes and meningitis in Msunduzi municipality, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, 2013. S Afr Med J. 2019 Apr 29;109(5):333-339. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i5.13024.
Cohen C, Tshangela A, Valley-Omar Z, Iyengar P, von Mollendorf C, Walaza S, et al. Household Transmission of Seasonal Influenza From HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Individuals in South Africa, 2013-2014. J Infect Dis. 2019;219(10):1605-15. Epub 2018/12/13. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy702.
La Vincente SF, von Mollendorf C, Ulziibayar M, Satzke C, Dashtseren L, Fox KK, et al. Evaluation of a phased pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction in Mongolia using enhanced pneumonia surveillance and community carriage surveys: a study protocol for a prospective observational study and lessons learned. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):333. Epub 2019/03/23. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6639-y.
Moosa F, du Plessis M, Wolter N, Carrim M, Cohen C, von Mollendorf C, et al. Challenges and clinical relevance of molecular detection of Bordetella pertussis in South Africa. BMC Infect Dis. 2019;19(1):276. Epub 2019/03/23. doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-3869-7.
Wong KK, von Mollendorf C, Martinson N, Norris S, Tempia S, Walaza S, Variava E, McMorrow ML, Madhi S, Cohen C, Cohen AL. Healthcare utilization for common infectious disease syndromes in Sowetoand Klerksdorp, South Africa. The Pan African Medical Journal. 2018;30:271. doi:10.11604/ pamj.2018.30.271.14477
Wong KK, Cohen AL, Martinson NA, Norris SA, Tempia S, von Mollendorf C, Walaza S, Madhi SA, McMorrow ML, Cohen C. Responses to hypothetical health scenarios overestimate healthcare utilization for common infectious syndromes: a cross-sectional survey, South Africa, 2012. BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Jul 25;18(1):344. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3252-0.
von Mollendorf C, Hellferscee O, Valley-Omar Z, Treurnicht FK, Walaza S, Martinson NA, Lebina L, Mothlaoleng K, Mahlase G, Variava E, Cohen AL, Venter M, Cohen C, Tempia S. Influenza viral shedding in a prospective cohort of HIV-infected and -uninfected children and adults in 2 provinces of South Africa, 2012-2014. J Infect Dis. 2018 Sep 8;218(8):1228-1237. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy310.
Valley-Omar Z, Iyengar P, von Mollendorf C, Tempia S, Moerdyk A, Hellferscee O, Martinson N, McMorrow M, Variava E, Masonoke K, Cohen AL, Cohen C, Treurnicht FK. Intra-host and intra-household diversity of influenza A viruses during household transmissions in the 2013 season in 2 peri-urban communities of South Africa. PLoS One. 2018 May 24;13(5):e0198101.
Chan J, Nguyen CD, Lai JYR, Dunne EM, Andrews R, Blyth CC, Datta S, Fox K, Ford R, Hinds J, La Vincente S, Lehmann D, Lim R, Mungun T, Newton PN, Phetsouvanh R, Pomat WS, Xeuatvongsa A, von Mollendorf C, Dance DAB, Satzke C, Muholland K, Russell FM; PneuCAPTIVE Protocol Group. Determining the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine coverage required for indirect protection against vaccinetype pneumococcal carriage in low and middle-income countries: a protocol for a prospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2018 May 18;8(5):e021512. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021512.
Moodley K, Coovadia YM, Cohen C, Meiring S, Lengand SM, De Gouveia L, von Mollendorf C, Crowther-Gibson P, Quan V, Eley B, Reubenson G, Nana T, von Gottberg A. Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in Neonates Prior to Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Use in South Africa: 2003 - 2008. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2018 May 4; 38(4) 424-430. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002096.
WHO Small Grant
Pfizer Research Collaboration Grant
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation