Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne
Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology
C24 - Westmead Hospital
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I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained firsthand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.[Hide detail]
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical benefits.
At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.
To get copies of my publications please see sydney.academia.edu
Follow me on Twitter: @drbrainbugz
And go to clinicalvirology.org for my weekly and monthly News and Journal Watch
Master of International Public Health
MIPH5112 Global Communicable Disease Control
Master of Public Health
PUBH5117 Communicable Disease Control
Saudi Arabia. (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) University at which I did my PhD. Many ongoing collaborative projects on pathogen genomics..
United Kingdom. (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Ongoing study on global diversity of tuberculosis.
United Kingdom. (University of Cambridge) Research on alemtuzumab for multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology.
United Kingdom. (National Clinical Guideline Centre) National guideline on chronic hepatitis B (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).