Dr Philip Britton

B.Med.Sci, MBBS, FRACP
Lecturer
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

Telephone +61 2 9845 3274

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Biographical details

Dr Britton is a Paediatric Infectious Diseases physician and Early Career Researcher based at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

His research focuses on severe neurological infections in children, especially encephalitis. In his PhD he has coordinated the Australian Childhood Encephalitis study, a prospective cohort describing the causes and consequences of this severe syndrome in children.

His other research interests include: Tuberculosis, Tropical diseases, and Staphylococcus aureus infections.

Selected grants

2014

  • Discovering the Infectious Causes of unknown Encephalitis cases using genomic approaches: the DICE study; Jones C, Britton P, Booy R; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Equipment Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • McMullan, B., Andresen, D., Blyth, C., Avent, M., Bowen, A., Britton, P., Clark, J., Cooper, C., Hazelton, B., Isaacs, D., et al (2016). Antibiotic duration and timing of the switch from intravenous to oral route for bacterial infections in children: systematic review and guidelines. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 16(8), e139-e152. [More Information]
  • Teoh, H., Mohammad, S., Britton, P., Kandula, T., Lorentzos, M., Booy, R., Jones, C., Rawlinson, W., Ramachandran, V., Rodriguez, M., Dale, R., et al (2016). Clinical Characteristics and Functional Motor Outcomes of Enterovirus 71 Neurological Disease in Children. JAMA Neurology, 73(3), 300-307. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Paterson, B., Durrheim, D., Dale, R., Cheng, A., Kennedi, C., Brew, B., Burrow, J., Nagree, Y., et al (2016). CVEMP morphology changes with recording electrode position, but single motor unit activity remains constant. Journal of Applied Physiology, 120(8), 833-842. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Khoury, L., Booy, R., Wood, N., Jones, C. (2016). Encephalitis in Australian children: Contemporary trends in hospitalisation. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(1), 51-56. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Cheng, G. (2016). Enter the dragon!. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(10), 967-967. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Jung, J., Britton, P., King, C., Yin, K. (2016). Long-term outcomes of infective encephalitis in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58(11), 1108-1115. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Nissen, M., Crawford, N., Elliott, E., Macartney, K., Khandaker, G., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2016). Parechovirus Encephalitis and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes. Pediatrics, 137(2), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Elliott, E., Macartney, K., Festa, M., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2016). Pilot surveillance for childhood encephalitis in Australia using the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network. Epidemiology and Infection, 144(10), 2117-2127. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Britton, P. (2016). Scabies control with ivermectin. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(5), 579. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2016). Use of Procalcitonin Assays to Predict Serious Bacterial Infection in Young Febrile Infants. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(6), 622-623.
  • Kothur, K., Wienholt, L., Mohammad, S., Tantsis, E., Pillai, S., Britton, P., Jones, C., Angiti, R., Barnes, E., Schlub, T., Brilot-Turville, F., Dale, R., et al (2016). Utility of CSF Cytokine/Chemokines as Markers of Active Intrathecal Inflammation: Comparison of Demyelinating, Anti-NMDAR and Enteroviral Encephalitis. PloS One, 11(8), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Macartney, K., Arbuckle, S., Little, D., Kesson, A. (2015). A Rare Case of Q Fever Osteomyelitis in a Child From Regional Australia. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 4(3), 28-31. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2015). Acute encephalitis in children: Progress and priorities from an Australasian perspective. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(2), 147-158. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Blyth, C., Britton, P., Clark, J., Cooper, C., Haeusler, G., McMullan, B., Bryant, P. (2015). Ahead of consensus: A paediatric antifungal prophylaxis census. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(3), 364-365. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., Moriarty, P., Francis, J., et al (2015). Australia-wide point prevalence survey of antimicrobial prescribing in neonatal units: how much and how good? The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 34(8), e185-e190. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Brew, B., Nagree, Y., Jones, C. (2015). Consensus guidelines for the investigation and management of encephalitis. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(11), 576-577. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Paterson, B., Durrheim, D., Dale, R., Cheng, A., Kenedi, C., Brew, B., Burrow, J., Nagree, Y., Booy, R., Jones, C., et al (2015). Consensus guidelines for the investigation and management of encephalitis in adults and children in Australia and New Zealand. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(5), 563-576.
  • Khatami, A., Outhred, A., Britton, P., Huguon, E., Lord, D., Wong, M., Charlton, A., Kesson, A., Isaacs, D. (2015). Mediastinal mass in a healthy adolescent at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia. Thorax, 70(2), 194-197. [More Information]
  • Ka, A., Britton, P., Troedson, C., Webster, R., Procopis, P., Ging, J., Chua, Y., Buckmaster, A., Wood, N., Jones, C., Dale, R. (2015). Mild encephalopathy with reversible splenial lesion: an important differential of encephalitis. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 19(3), 377-382. [More Information]
  • Paxton, G., Tosif, S., Graham, H., Smith, A., Beverley, C., Standish, J., McCloskey, K., Ferguson, G., Isaacs, D., Gunasekera, H., Marais, B., Britton, P., Elliott, E., Raman, S., et al (2015). Perspective: 'The forgotten children: National inquiry into children in immigration detention (2014)'. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 365-368. [More Information]
  • Li, M., Britton, P. (2014). An expanding rash. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(7), 572. [More Information]
  • Zander, A., Britton, P., Navin, T., Horsley, E., Tobin, S., McAnulty, J. (2014). An outbreak of enterovirus 71 infection in metropolitan Sydney: Enhanced surveillance and lessons learnt. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(11), 663-666. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Palasanthiran, P., McMullan, B., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., et al (2014). Australia-wide point prevalence survey of the use and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for children in hospital. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(11), 657-662. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Jones, C. (2014). Central nervous system herpesvirus infections. Paediatrics and Child Health, 24(6), 248-254. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2014). Eyes that see: miracles reclaimed. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(4), 326-326. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Ramanuj, P., Easton, A. (2014). Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the International Encephalitis Consortium. Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation, 13(7), 30-31.
  • Britton, P., Khandaker, G., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2014). The Causes and Consequences of Childhood Encephalitis in Asia. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 14(2), 78-88.
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Palasanthiran, P., McMullan, B., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., et al (2014). The impact of an infectious diseases consultation on antimicrobial prescribing. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 33(6), 669-671. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Chaseling, R. (2013). Brain abscess in a recent immigrant. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(3), E176-E178. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Perez-Velez, C., Marais, B. (2013). Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis in children. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 24(1), 15-21. [More Information]
  • Barnes, M., Britton, P., Singh-Grewal, D. (2013). Of war and sausages: a case-directed review of infant botulism. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(3), E232-E234. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Andresen, D. (2013). Paediatric community-associated Staphylococcus aureus: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(9), 754-759. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2013). Pyrexia of unknown origin. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(12), 1079-1079. [More Information]
  • Morton, N., Britton, P., Palasanthiran, P., Bye,, A., Sugo, E., Kesson, A., Arden-Holmes, S., Snelling, T. (2013). Severe haemorrhagic meningoencephalitis due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis among young children in Sydney, Australia. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 57(8), 1158-1161. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Yeung, V., Lowbridge, C., Isaacs, D., Marais, B. (2013). Spectrum of Disease in Children Treated for Tuberculosis at a Tertiary Children's Hospital in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2(3), 224-231. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Isaacs, D. (2013). What's in the Frame: The Ethics of Asylum Seeker Health Care. The American Journal of Bioethics, 13(7), 21-22. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Isaacs, D. (2012). Controversies in neonatal infection. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(9), 721-725. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Polon, M. (2011). A case of impacted watermelon seed rectal bezoar in a 12-year-old girl. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(1-2), 68-69. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Deng, L. (2011). Intravenous immunoglobulin in the treatment of childhood Stevens Johnson syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(6), 392-395. [More Information]

2016

  • McMullan, B., Andresen, D., Blyth, C., Avent, M., Bowen, A., Britton, P., Clark, J., Cooper, C., Hazelton, B., Isaacs, D., et al (2016). Antibiotic duration and timing of the switch from intravenous to oral route for bacterial infections in children: systematic review and guidelines. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 16(8), e139-e152. [More Information]
  • Teoh, H., Mohammad, S., Britton, P., Kandula, T., Lorentzos, M., Booy, R., Jones, C., Rawlinson, W., Ramachandran, V., Rodriguez, M., Dale, R., et al (2016). Clinical Characteristics and Functional Motor Outcomes of Enterovirus 71 Neurological Disease in Children. JAMA Neurology, 73(3), 300-307. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Paterson, B., Durrheim, D., Dale, R., Cheng, A., Kennedi, C., Brew, B., Burrow, J., Nagree, Y., et al (2016). CVEMP morphology changes with recording electrode position, but single motor unit activity remains constant. Journal of Applied Physiology, 120(8), 833-842. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Khoury, L., Booy, R., Wood, N., Jones, C. (2016). Encephalitis in Australian children: Contemporary trends in hospitalisation. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(1), 51-56. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Cheng, G. (2016). Enter the dragon!. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(10), 967-967. [More Information]
  • Khandaker, G., Jung, J., Britton, P., King, C., Yin, K. (2016). Long-term outcomes of infective encephalitis in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58(11), 1108-1115. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Nissen, M., Crawford, N., Elliott, E., Macartney, K., Khandaker, G., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2016). Parechovirus Encephalitis and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes. Pediatrics, 137(2), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Elliott, E., Macartney, K., Festa, M., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2016). Pilot surveillance for childhood encephalitis in Australia using the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network. Epidemiology and Infection, 144(10), 2117-2127. [More Information]
  • Isaacs, D., Britton, P. (2016). Scabies control with ivermectin. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(5), 579. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2016). Use of Procalcitonin Assays to Predict Serious Bacterial Infection in Young Febrile Infants. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(6), 622-623.
  • Kothur, K., Wienholt, L., Mohammad, S., Tantsis, E., Pillai, S., Britton, P., Jones, C., Angiti, R., Barnes, E., Schlub, T., Brilot-Turville, F., Dale, R., et al (2016). Utility of CSF Cytokine/Chemokines as Markers of Active Intrathecal Inflammation: Comparison of Demyelinating, Anti-NMDAR and Enteroviral Encephalitis. PloS One, 11(8), 1-19. [More Information]

2015

  • Britton, P., Macartney, K., Arbuckle, S., Little, D., Kesson, A. (2015). A Rare Case of Q Fever Osteomyelitis in a Child From Regional Australia. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 4(3), 28-31. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Dale, R., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2015). Acute encephalitis in children: Progress and priorities from an Australasian perspective. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(2), 147-158. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Blyth, C., Britton, P., Clark, J., Cooper, C., Haeusler, G., McMullan, B., Bryant, P. (2015). Ahead of consensus: A paediatric antifungal prophylaxis census. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(3), 364-365. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., Moriarty, P., Francis, J., et al (2015). Australia-wide point prevalence survey of antimicrobial prescribing in neonatal units: how much and how good? The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 34(8), e185-e190. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Brew, B., Nagree, Y., Jones, C. (2015). Consensus guidelines for the investigation and management of encephalitis. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(11), 576-577. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Eastwood, K., Paterson, B., Durrheim, D., Dale, R., Cheng, A., Kenedi, C., Brew, B., Burrow, J., Nagree, Y., Booy, R., Jones, C., et al (2015). Consensus guidelines for the investigation and management of encephalitis in adults and children in Australia and New Zealand. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(5), 563-576.
  • Khatami, A., Outhred, A., Britton, P., Huguon, E., Lord, D., Wong, M., Charlton, A., Kesson, A., Isaacs, D. (2015). Mediastinal mass in a healthy adolescent at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia. Thorax, 70(2), 194-197. [More Information]
  • Ka, A., Britton, P., Troedson, C., Webster, R., Procopis, P., Ging, J., Chua, Y., Buckmaster, A., Wood, N., Jones, C., Dale, R. (2015). Mild encephalopathy with reversible splenial lesion: an important differential of encephalitis. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 19(3), 377-382. [More Information]
  • Paxton, G., Tosif, S., Graham, H., Smith, A., Beverley, C., Standish, J., McCloskey, K., Ferguson, G., Isaacs, D., Gunasekera, H., Marais, B., Britton, P., Elliott, E., Raman, S., et al (2015). Perspective: 'The forgotten children: National inquiry into children in immigration detention (2014)'. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 365-368. [More Information]

2014

  • Li, M., Britton, P. (2014). An expanding rash. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(7), 572. [More Information]
  • Zander, A., Britton, P., Navin, T., Horsley, E., Tobin, S., McAnulty, J. (2014). An outbreak of enterovirus 71 infection in metropolitan Sydney: Enhanced surveillance and lessons learnt. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(11), 663-666. [More Information]
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Palasanthiran, P., McMullan, B., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., et al (2014). Australia-wide point prevalence survey of the use and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for children in hospital. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(11), 657-662. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Jones, C. (2014). Central nervous system herpesvirus infections. Paediatrics and Child Health, 24(6), 248-254. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2014). Eyes that see: miracles reclaimed. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(4), 326-326. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Ramanuj, P., Easton, A. (2014). Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Meeting of the International Encephalitis Consortium. Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation, 13(7), 30-31.
  • Britton, P., Khandaker, G., Booy, R., Jones, C. (2014). The Causes and Consequences of Childhood Encephalitis in Asia. Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets, 14(2), 78-88.
  • Osowicki, J., Gwee, A., Noronha, J., Palasanthiran, P., McMullan, B., Britton, P., Isaacs, D., Lai, T., Nourse, C., Avent, M., et al (2014). The impact of an infectious diseases consultation on antimicrobial prescribing. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 33(6), 669-671. [More Information]

2013

  • Britton, P., Chaseling, R. (2013). Brain abscess in a recent immigrant. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(3), E176-E178. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Perez-Velez, C., Marais, B. (2013). Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis in children. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 24(1), 15-21. [More Information]
  • Barnes, M., Britton, P., Singh-Grewal, D. (2013). Of war and sausages: a case-directed review of infant botulism. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(3), E232-E234. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Andresen, D. (2013). Paediatric community-associated Staphylococcus aureus: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(9), 754-759. [More Information]
  • Britton, P. (2013). Pyrexia of unknown origin. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49(12), 1079-1079. [More Information]
  • Morton, N., Britton, P., Palasanthiran, P., Bye,, A., Sugo, E., Kesson, A., Arden-Holmes, S., Snelling, T. (2013). Severe haemorrhagic meningoencephalitis due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis among young children in Sydney, Australia. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 57(8), 1158-1161. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Yeung, V., Lowbridge, C., Isaacs, D., Marais, B. (2013). Spectrum of Disease in Children Treated for Tuberculosis at a Tertiary Children's Hospital in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2(3), 224-231. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Isaacs, D. (2013). What's in the Frame: The Ethics of Asylum Seeker Health Care. The American Journal of Bioethics, 13(7), 21-22. [More Information]

2012

  • Britton, P., Isaacs, D. (2012). Controversies in neonatal infection. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(9), 721-725. [More Information]

2011

  • Britton, P., Polon, M. (2011). A case of impacted watermelon seed rectal bezoar in a 12-year-old girl. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(1-2), 68-69. [More Information]
  • Britton, P., Deng, L. (2011). Intravenous immunoglobulin in the treatment of childhood Stevens Johnson syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(6), 392-395. [More Information]

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