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Dr Sophie La Vincente
Doctor Sophie La Vincente is an epidemiologist working in international child health. Prior to joining Murdoch Children's Research Institute, she was engaged in international drug dependence policy and research, completing a PhD in Medicine (Pharmacology) in 2005. She commenced working with Murdoch Children's in 2006 while undertaking the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program (Master of Applied Epidemiology, ANU). Here, she works with the International Child Health and Pneumococcal groups.
Doctor La Vincente's main research interests include the delivery of vaccines in developing countries and increasing equitable access to child health services. She is a co-investigator on grants totaling over $10 million from funding agencies including the GAVI Alliance and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Doctor La Vincente has undertaken numerous consultancies for UN and other agencies, including an evaluation of paediatric oxygen systems in district hospitals in Malawi and Mongolia, strengthening a Unicef-supported maternal nutrition program in the southern Philippines, evaluating vaccine-preventable disease surveillance systems in Asia, and conducting the final evaluation of the DFAT-funded Pacific Rheumatic Heart Disease Program in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Kiribati.
- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- Honorary Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
- National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health Scholarship 2006-2007
- Rotary Scholarship awarded in support of WHO internship, 2004
- The Foundation for Young Australians Youth Investment Grant (formerly the Queens Trust Award), 2004
- Dawes Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Royal Adelaide Hospital, 2002-2004
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Since joining Murdoch Children's, Dr La Vincente's research has primarily focused on delivery of maternal and child health services to vulnerable populations, management of childhood pneumonia and vaccine impact evaluation in developing countries. In the Philippines she was country manager for a multi-country activity co-funded by DFAT and the Gates Foundation identifying evidence to guide local planning for maternal and child health services. Through the Australian Health Development Knowledge Hub for Women's and Children's Health she co-led an activity documenting challenges faced by rapidly growing small cities in the Philippines in reaching the urban poor with maternal and child health services.
Dr La Vincente is currently working with the Institute's Pneumococcal Group co-leading a study evaluating the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction in Mongolia, and on the Vietnam Pneumococcal Vaccine Trial.
- Evaluation of the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction in Mongolia: This project, funded by the GAVI Alliance, is co-led by Prof Kim Mulholland and Dr La Vincente in collaboration with WHO and the Mongolian National Center for Communicable Diseases
- Vietnam Pneumococcal Vaccine Trial
- Supporting evidence-based planning for maternal, neonatal and child health
This Gates Foundation and Australian Aid-funded initiative aimed to provide policy-makers and development partners with the best available evidence for equitable scaling up of priority interventions that address health burdens in developing countries. This activity was led by the University of Queensland, in collaboration with a range of Australian and Regional partners. The project was implemented in 4 countries (India, Nepal, Philippines, Indonesia), with MCRI's involvement focussing on the Philippines.
Chisti MJ, Graham SM, Duke T, Ahmed T, Ashraf H, Faruque ASG, La Vincente S, Banu S, Raqib R, Salam MA. (2014) A Prospective Study of the Prevalence of Tuberculosis and Bacteraemia in Bangladeshi Children with Severe Malnutrition and Pneumonia including an evaluation of Xpert MTB/RIF Assay. PlosOne, 9(4)
Jimenez-Soto E, La Vincente S, Clark A, Firth S, Morgan A, Dettrick Z, Dayal P, Aldaba BM, Kosen S, Kraft AD, Panicker R, Prasai Y, Trisnantoro L, Varghese B, Widiati Y; Investment Case Team for India, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Investment case for improving maternal and child health: results from four countries. BMC Public Health. 2013 Jun 21;13:601. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-601
La Vincente S, Aldaba B, Firth S, Kraft A, Jimenez-Soto E, Clark A. Supporting local planning and budgeting for maternal, neonatal and child health in the Philippines. Health Res Policy Syst. 2013 Jan 23;11:3. doi: 10.1186/1478-4505-11-3
Jimenez-Soto, E., Dettrick, Z., Firth, S., Byrne, A. and La Vincente, S. (2013), Informing family planning research priorities: a perspective from the front line in Asia. Tropical Medicine & International Health. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12094
Jimenez Soto E, La Vincente S, Clark A, Firth S, Morgan A, Dettrick Z, Dayal P, Aldaba BM, Varghese B, Trisnantoro L, Prasai Y; Investment Case Team for India, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. (2012) Developing and costing local strategies to improve maternal and child health: the investment case framework. PLoS Med. 9(8):e1001282. Epub 2012 Aug 7
Chisti MJ, Duke T, Robertson CF, Ahmed T, Faruque AS, Bardhan PK, La Vincente S, Salam MA. (2011) Co-morbidity: exploring the clinical overlap between pneumonia and diarrhoea in a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ann Trop Paediatr.31(4):311-9.
Chisti MJ, Duke T, Robertson CF, Ahmed T, Faruque AS, Ashraf H, La Vincente S, Bardhan PK, Salam MA. (2011) Clinical predictors and outcome of hypoxaemia among under-five diarrhoeal children with or without pneumonia in an urban hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Trop Med Int Health. Epub ahead of print: 10.1111/j.1365-3156.2011.02890.x.
La Vincente, S.F., Peel, D., Carai, S., Weber, M.W., Enarson, P., Maganga, E., Soyolgerel, G., Duke, T. (2011) The functioning of oxygen concentrators in resource-limited settings: a situation assessment in 2 countries. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis.,15(5):693-9
Chisti, M.J., Salam, M. A., Bardhan, P.K., Sharifuzzaman, R., Ahad, R., La Vincente, S., Duke, T. (2010) Influences of dehydration on clinical features of radiological pneumonia in children attending an urban diarrhoea treatment centre in Bangladesh. Annals Trop Paed 30, 311–316
La Vincente, S., Kearns, T., Connors, C., Cameron, S., Carapetis, J., Andrews, R. (2009) Community management of endemic scabies in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia: treatment participation and outcomes. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 3(5): e444. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000444