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Dr Thomas Connell
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Dr Tom Connell graduated from University College Dublin in 1996. He received membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1999 in the Faculty of Paediatrics and completed his certificate of satisfactory completion of specialist training (CSCST) in 2005. Following a fellowship in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, he completed his PhD on 'Immune-based blood tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children' in 2011.
He received Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2010. Dr Connell was appointed to his current role in February 2008 and became Director of General Medicine at RCH in January 2014. In 2013, he was awarded a career development award through the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute to further develop his research career and became co-leader of the Clinical Paediatrics group in June 2014.
- Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Physician, Director Department of General Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital
- Career Development Award, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 2013
Dr Connell's infectious diseases research has included clinical field work and laboratory-based research. His interests include tuberculosis diagnostics, infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, such as children with HIV, and improving the management of common paediatric conditions. He has a major interest in teaching research methodology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Melbourne and RCH.
- Novel biomarkers for latent tuberculosis infection and disease
- CHOICE study (Cellulitis: Home Or Inpatient in Children from Emergency)
- Adequacy of blood culture sampling at a tertiary children's hospital
- Management and outcome of infants less than three months of age that present with fever in routine clinical practice at a tertiary children's hospital
- Is my child 'good to go' home now: A prospective survey of parental opinions, expectations and barriers around timely admission and discharge from hospital
A Gwee, JR Carapetis, J Buttery, M Starr, TG Connell, A Steer, PA Bryant, N Curtis. Formal infectious diseases consultations at a tertiary pediatric hospital: a 14-year review. PIDJ 2014 April;33 (4):411-3 (IF 3.1)
A Gwee, N Curtis, S Garland, TG Connell, A Daley. Which infants with congenital cytomegalovirus infection benefit from antiviral therapy? Arch Dis Child 2014;99 (6):597-601 (IF 2.9)
GM Haeusler, F Mechinaud, A Daley, M Starr, F Shann, TG Connell , P Bryant, S Donath, N Curtis. Antibiotic resistant Gram-Negative bacteraemia in paediatric oncology patients-risk factors and outcome Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jul;32(7):723-6 (IF 3.6)
A Gwee, A Pantizidou, N Ritz, M Tebruegge, TG Connell, T Cain, N Curtis. To X-ray or not to X-ray? Screening asymptomatic children for pulmonary TB: a retrospective audit. Archives Dis Child 2013 June ;98(6):401-4 (IF 2.9)
M Tebruegge, T Connell, N Ritz, N Curtis. IFN-? release assays for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children Arch Dis Child. 2013 Mar;98(3):239-40. (IF 2.9)
N Ritz, M Strach, C Yau, B Dutta, M Tebruegge, T Connell, W Hanekom, W Britton, R Robins-Browne, N Curtis . A comparative analysis of polyfunctional T cells and secreted cytokines induced by Bacille Calmette-Guérin immunisation in children and adults PlosONE 2012;7(7):e37535 (IF 3.5)
C Gray, K Kalumba, N Pati, A Petersen, TG Connell. Successful treatment of refractory immune thrombocytopenia with rituximab in a 10-week old. Journal of Paediatric Hematology Oncology 2013 May;35(4)e174-7 (IF 0.9)
TG Connell, H Zar, MP Nicol. Advances in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected children. Journal Infectious Diseases June 2011. Nov 15;204 Suppl 4:S1151-8. Review (IF 5.8)
TG Connell, MA Davies, C Johanissen, K Wood, S Pienaar, KA Wilkinson, RJ Wilkinson, H Zar, MP Nicol, B Eley, N Curtis, D Beatty. Reversion and conversion of M. tuberculosis IFN-g ELISpot results during anti-tuberculous treatment in HIV-infected children. BMC Infect Dis 2010 May 27;10(1):138 (if 2.6)
D Morawetz, R Barton, E Cheah, J Standish, TG Connell. Is hypertonic saline useful as an adjunctive treatment of moderate to severe bronchiolitis in infants and children less than 24 months of age? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2011 47:922-926 (IF 1.2)
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Burge Trust