Director

Jon Iredell


Professor Jon Iredell
Director, Infectious Diseases
Deputy Director, Microbiology, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology (conj.) Sydney Medical School


Professor Iredell is an Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist who divides his time between Westmead Hospital in a combined Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Department and his research which is supported by the NHMRC at the University of Sydney. His major interests are in critical infection, including the study of bacterial septic shock, and in bacterial genetics and ecology.

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Chief Investigators

Tania Sorrell


Professor Tania Sorrell
Director, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) and the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Westmead
Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases
Senior Physician in Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney


Professor Sorrell has longstanding interests in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Infectious Diseases, especially in immunocompromised hosts, and in the emergence of resistant micro-organisms. Her research into the serious fungal infection, cryptococcosis, has provided new insights into host-microbial interactions and new drug development.

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Belinda Bennett


Professor Belinda Bennett
Professor of Health and Medical Law, Sydney Law School
Founding Board Member of the Australian Institute for Health Law and Ethics (AIHLE)
Deputy Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine


Professor Bennett's research interests include health and medical law, legal regulation of new technologies in healthcare, legal issues relating to reproduction, genetics, globalisation and health law, public health law, legal regulation of nanotechnologies.


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Robert Booy


Professor Robert Booy
Head, Clinical Research, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS)
Professor Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School
Kids Research Institute Children's Hospital, Westmead


Professor Booy's research interests extend from understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases especially influenza and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms, the clinical, public-health, social and economic burden of these diseases and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures.

Publications Grants The Conversation


Dominic Dwyer


Clinical Professor Dominic Dwyer
Professor of Medicine (Immunology & Infectious Diseases), Westmead Clinical School
Medical Virologist and Infectious Diseases Physician, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Westmead Hospital


Professor Dwyer has a clinical and research interest in viral diseases of public health importance. This includes HIV (where he coordinates an active program in antiretroviral drug resistance and HIV molecular epidemiology in Australia and the region), influenza and other respiratory viruses, and arboviruses. He leads an antiviral trials unit that has participated in over sixty studies of antiviral drugs and vaccines.

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Lyn Gilbert


Clinical Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert
Clinical Lead, Infection Prevention & Control, Western Sydney Local Health Network
Professor in Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney's Western Clinical School and School of Public Health, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELIM)


Professor Gilbert's expertise includes bacterial molecular epidemiology, innovative methods for molecular typing of bacterial pathogens; laboratory surveillance of communicable diseases; hospital infection control; antibiotic use and resistance. Her major research interests include infections in pregnancy and the newborn; vaccine preventable diseases; epidemiology, control and ethics of healthcare associated infections.

Publications Grants The Conversation


Cheryl Jones


Professor Cheryl Jones
Sub Dean, Research for the Discipline of Paediatrics, Child Health and Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Physician, Children's Hospital, Westmead
Head, Centre for Perinatal Infection Research
Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School


Professor Jones main research interests are in the field of childhood infectious diseases, in particular the mother to child transmission of viruses. These include the epidemiology of perinatal herpesvirus infections (HSV, CMV), the effect of age on newborn immune response to viruses, the role of dendritic cells, and regulatory T cells in the immunopathogenesis of viral infections.

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Ian Kerridge


Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
Director and Associate Professor of Bioethics, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Haematologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital


Associate Professor Kerridge's research focuses on the philosophical, moral and socio-cultural concepts, frameworks and issues that underpin health, health policy and biomedicine including in public health, research and clinical care.

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Vitali Sintchenko


Associate Professor Vitali Sintchenko
Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Public Health (CIDM-PH)
Associate Professor, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Medicine, Westmead Clinical School
Senior Medical Microbiologist and Health Informatician


Associate Professor Sintchenko research addresses mechanisms of the spread of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology and the origin of outbreaks and epidemics as well as development of systems for communicable disease detection and control.

Publications Grants The Conversation


Steve Webb


Professor Steven Webb
Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
Clinical Professor, School of Medicine and Pharmacology and the School of Population Health, University of Western Australia


Professor Webb's clinical research interests include the long-term consequences of and recovery after critical illness, resuscitation and treatment of patients with septic shock, management of traumatic brain injury, pathogenesis of septic shock, antimicrobial therapy, acute kidney injury, and choice of intravenous fluids in critically ill patients.

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Associate Investigator

Liz Elliott


Professor Elizabeth Elliott
Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU)
Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, Sydney Medical School
Consultant Paediatrician, Children's Hospital, Westmead
NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and Head, Centre for Evidence-Based Paediatrics in Sydney


Professor Elliott's research focus is rare diseases, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). She is Chief Investigator for the Lililwan Project – to address FASD in the remote Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley, WA. Since 2005 she has run education workshops for clinicians in remote Dien Bien Province, Vietnam to address high maternal and child mortality.

Publications Grants The Conversation