Dr Damien Higgins

BVSc, M Vet Stud (Wild Animal Medicine & Husbandry), PhD
Senior Lecturer, Animal Health and Conservation Biology

B14 - Mcmaster Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 9351 7130

Research interests

Wildlife Disease Ecology and Immunopathology

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate teaching: Wildlife Disease Wildlife and Evolutionary Genetics Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis Postgraduate teaching: PhD and Research Masters

In the media

Old funds create new Koala Health Hub: Koalas throughout NSW and potentially nationwide will benefit from the establishment of the Koala Health Hub at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science. For more information, please visit: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=

Dr Damien Higgins was quoted in a Sunday Telegraph story about funding to create a koala STD clinic. Chlamydia threat to untouched koala population:-http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=10825

AIDS-like virus new threat to koala:-http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/koala-aids-virus.htm

Koala extinctions already a reality:-http://time2transcend.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/koala-extinctions-already-a-reality/

Selected grants

2013

  • The pathology, incidence, treatment and management of Chlamydiosis in the male koala; Johnston S, Palmieri C, Higgins D, Allavena R, Girjes A, Gosalves J, Pyne M, Gillett A, McKinnon A, Ellis W; Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Qld)/Koala Research Grant Program.
  • Queensland's koalas: a regional report card on population and habitat health and dynamics.; Ellis W, Melzer A, Seddon J, Higgins D, FitzGibbon S, Johnston S, Roe P; Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Qld)/Koala Research Grant Program.

2010

  • Prevalence and impact of hookworm infection on Australian sea lion populations; Gray R, Higgins D, Goldsworthy S, Canfield P; Australian Marine Mammal Centre/Australian Marine Mammal Centre Grants Scheme.

2009

  • Retroviral invasion of the koala genome: prevalence, transmission and role in immunosuppressive disease; Higgins D, Malloch J, Harris I; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2008

  • Investigation into the common diseases and nutritional requirements of the Owstons Civet (chrotogale owstoni); Higgins D, McClements R, Canfield P; Winifred Scott Foundation/Research Support.
  • Developing a natural model for effects of land use and climate change on emergence of disease; Higgins D; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.
  • The anatomy and stranding-associated changes of cetacean ears; Higgins D; The Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney/Postdoctoral fellow and new academic staff travel funds.

2007

  • Investigation into gastrointestinal absorption of xenobiotics by the koala; Krockenberger M, Hemsley S, Higgins D, Canfield P, Malik R, Govendir M; Hermon Slade Foundation/Research Grants.
  • Immunological effects of infection of koalas by the Koala Retrovirus (KoRV).; Higgins D; The Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney/Start-up Research Fund.

2006

  • Linking habitat fragmentation and disease: the major histocompatibility complex class II and its role in disease of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus); Higgins D, Belov K, Krockenberger M, Hemsley S; The Hermon Slade Foundation/HSF Research Grants.

2005

  • Prevention and treatment of chlamydiosis and cryptococcosis in koalas; Krockenberger M, Canfield P, Govendir M, Hemsley S, Malik R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Barnes, J., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2008). Pinnipeds. In Larry Vogelnest, Rupert Woods (Eds.), Medicine of Australian Mammals, (pp. 541-590). Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Journals

  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Ho, S., Salomonsen, J., Skjodt, K., Miles, L., Gongora, J. (2014). Evolution of MHC class i in the Order Crocodylia. Immunogenetics, 66(1), 53-65. [More Information]
  • Maher, I., Griffith, J., Lau, Q., Reeves, T., Higgins, D. (2014). Expression profiles of the immune genes CD4, CD8b, IFNy,IL-4,IL-6 and IL-10 in mitogen-stimulated koala lymphocytes (Phascolarctos cinereus) by qRT-PCR. PeerJ, 2, 1-19. [More Information]
  • Maher, I., Griffith, J., Lau, Q., Reeves, T., Higgins, D. (2014). Expression profiles of the immune genes CD4,CD8beta,IFNgamma, IL-4,IL-6 and IL-10 in mitogen-stimulated koala lymphocytes (Phascolarctos cinereus)by qRT-PCR. PeerJ, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Lau, Q., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2014). Identification of MHC11 varients associated with chlamydial disease in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). PeerJ, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Kimble, B., Li, K., Valtchev, P., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2014). In vitro hepatic microsomal metabolism of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), rats (Rattus norvegicus) and dogs (canis lupus familiaris). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C: Toxicology and Pharmacology, 161(1), 7-14. [More Information]
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Miles, L., Gongora, J. (2014). Selection and Trans-Species Polymorphism of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class 11 Genes in the Order Crocodylia. PLoS One, 9(2), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Slapeta, J., Gray, R. (2014). Uncinaria sanguinis sp. n. (Nematoda: Ancylostomatidae) from the endangered Australian sea lion, Neophoca cinerea (Carnivora: Otariidae). Folia Parasitologica, 61(3), 255-265.
  • Marschner, C., Flanagan, C., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M. (2014). Validation of Ultrasonography in Detecting Structural Disease of the Urogenital Tract of the Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92(5), 177-178. [More Information]
  • Griffith, J., Dhand, N., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2013). A retrospective Study of Admission Trends of Koalas to a rehabiliation Facility over 30 years. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 49(1), 18-28. [More Information]
  • Lau, Q., Jobbins, S., Belov, K., Higgins, D. (2013). Characterisation of four major histocompatibility complex class II genes of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Immunogenetics, 65, 37-46. [More Information]
  • Black, L., McLachlan, A., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Gillett, A., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of chloramphenicol following administration of intravenous and subcutaneous chloramphenicol sodium succinate, and subcutaneous chloramphenicol, to koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 36(5), 478-485. [More Information]
  • Kimble, B., Black, L., Li, K., Valtchev, P., Gilchrist, S., Gillett, A., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) after intravenous, subcutaneous and oral administration. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 36(5), 486-493. [More Information]
  • Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2012). Diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for koala chlamydiosis at a rehabilitation facility (1995-2005). Australian Veterinary Journal, 90(11), 457-463. [More Information]
  • Jobbins, S., Sanderson, C., Griffith, J., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K., Higgins, D. (2012). Diversity of MHC class II DAB1 in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Lau, Q., Canfield, P., Higgins, D. (2012). Expression and in vitro upregulation of MHCII in koala lymphocytes. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 147(1-2), 35-43. [More Information]
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Gongora, J. (2012). MHC class i of saltwater crocidiles (Crocodylus porosus): polymorphism and balancing selection. Immunogenetics, 64, 825-838. [More Information]
  • Luck, N., Thomas, K., Morin-Adeline, V., Barwick, S., Chong, A., Carpenter, E., Wan, L., Willet, C., Langford-Salisbury, S., Abdelsayd, M., Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Miles, L., Higgins, D., Lane, A., Gongora, J., et al (2012). Mitochondrial DNA analyses of the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Northern territory of Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(2012), 18-25.
  • Higgins, D., Beninati, T., Meek, M., Irish, J., Griffith, J. (2012). Within - population diversity of koala Chlamydophila pecorum at ompA VD1-VD3 and the ORF663 hypothetical gene. Veterinary Microbiology, 156(3-4), 353-358. [More Information]
  • Govendir, M., Hanger, J., Loader, J., Kimble, B., Griffith, J., Black, L., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2011). Plasma concentratrations of chloramphenicol after subcutaneous administration to koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with chlamydiosis. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 35, 147-154. [More Information]
  • Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Li, K., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2010). Absorption of enrofloxacin and marbofloxacin after oral and subcutaneous administration in diseased koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 33(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2885.2010.01169.x.), 595-604. [More Information]
  • Higgins, D., Canfield, P. (2009). Histopathological examination of the Pancreas of the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 140(4), 217-224. [More Information]
  • Zhu, B., Hartigan, A., Reppas, G., Higgins, D., Canfield, P., Slapeta, J. (2009). Looks can deceive: Molecular identity of an intraerythrocytic apicomplexan parasite in Australian gliders. Veterinary Parasitology, 159(2), 105-111. [More Information]
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2005). Association of uterine and salpingeal fibrosis with Chlamydial Hsp60 and Hsp 10 antigen specific antibodies in Chlamydia infected koalas. Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 12(5), 632-639.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2005). Immuno-histochemical demonstration of the role of Chlamydiaceae in renal, uterine and salingeal disease in koala & Chlamydiaceae in novel sites. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 133(2-3), 164-174. [More Information]
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2004). Assessment Of Anti-Bovine IL4 And IFN Gamma Antibodies To Label IL4 And IFN Gamma In Lymphocytes Of The Koala And Brushtail Possum. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 101(3-4), 153-160.
  • Higgins, D., Tobias, G., Stone, G. (2004). Excretion Profiles Of Some Reproductive Steroids In The Faeces Of Captive Female Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus Aculeatus) And Long-Beaked Echidna (Zaglossus Sp.). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 125, 279-286.
  • Higgins, D. (2004). Ultrasonography Of The Reproductive Tract Of The Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus Aculeatus). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 125, 277-278.
  • Tahmindjis, M., Higgins, D., Lynch, M., Barnes, J., Southwell, C. (2003). Use of a pethidine and midazolam combination for the reversible sedation of crabeater seals (lobodon carcinophagus). Marine Mammal Science, 19(3), 581-589.
  • Higgins, D., Rogers, T., Irvine, A., Hall-Aspland, S. (2002). Use of Midazolam/Pethidine and Tiletamine/ Zolazepam combinations for the chemical restraint of Leopard seals (Hydrurga Leptonyx). Marine Mammal Science, 18(2), 483-499.

Conferences

  • March, D., Wong, C., Higgins, D., Curthoys, I., Brown, G. (2013). Analysis of the Odontocete inner ear with Microcomputed tomography. AMSA2013 Golden Jubilee, N/A: N/A.
  • Higgins, D., Lau, Q., Maher, I., Griffith, J. (2013). Chlamydia in Koalas: New Pieces to the Puzzle. National Koala Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2013). Ivermectin treatment of free-ranging Australian sea lion pups: effect on hookworm infection status, pup growth and survival and haematological parameters. Wildlife Disease Association – Australasian Section Conference, n/a: N/A.
  • Higgins, D., Maher, I., Lau, Q. (2013). Koala Immunology and KoRV. Koala Retrovirus Workshop, N/A: N/A.
  • Maher, I., Lau, Q., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2013). Koala retrovirus and immunology. Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Lau, Q., Gongora, J., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2013). Low MHCII DAB and DBB diversity in southeastern, relative to northeastern, koala populations in Australia. Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) Australasia conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Lau, Q., Jaratlerdsiri, W., Griffith, J., Gongora, J., Higgins, D. (2013). MHC class 11 diversity of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations across their range. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Black, L., McLachlan, A., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Gillett, A., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of chloramphenicol in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2013). Prevalence and intensity of hookworm (Uncinaria sp.) infection in free-ranging Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) pups. Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Higgins, D. (2012). Chlamydial disease in koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course, N/A: N/A.
  • Phillips, C., Higgins, D., Herbert, C., Spielman, D. (2012). Investigating the efficacy of “5 in 1�? vaccines in macropods. Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Higgins, D. (2012). Koala lymphosarcoma and other haematological or immune disorders. Wildlife Pathology Short Course, N/A: N/A.
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Melville, L., Gongora, J. (2012). MHC class 1 diversity in saltwater crocodiles and its association with lymphoid proliferation, vasculitis and encephalitis syndrome. 33rd Conference of the International Society for Animal Genetics, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.
  • Higgins, D., Lau, Q., Butcher, L., Gray, R. (2012). Use of immunophenotyping to assess the health of two vulnerable endemic Australian species: the koala (Phascolarctos cinerius) and the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea). 61st International conference of the Wildlife Disease Association, N/A: N/A.
  • Canfield, P., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2008). A Proposed Conceptual Framework For The Investigation Of Infectious Wildlife Disease. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Canfield, P., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M. (2008). Diseases of Koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Canfield, P., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2008). Koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Jobbins, S., Sanderson, C., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K. (2007). An investigation of MHC diversity in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Genetics Society of AustralAsia 54th Annual Conference, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Hemsley, S., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K., Canfield, P., Carter, D., Govendir, M., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Jobbins, S., Malik, R., Saul, N., et al (2006). Update on Koala Research at the University of Sydney. Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section) Annual Meeting 2008, Australia: Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section).
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2004). Chlamydial disease of koalas: new information on pathogenesis and host-response. 2006 Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology Annual Conference.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2003). Detection of Interferon gamma in marsupials: A tool for disease susceptibility investigations? 3rd International Wildlife Management Congress incorporating the 16th Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference, Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2003). Host-response of koalas to chlamydial infection: detection of interferon gamma and chlamydial hsp60- and hsp10-specific IgG in koalas. AVA Annual Conference: 2003 Conference of the Australian Association of Veterinary Conservation Biologists, QLD, Australia: School of Animal Studies, University of Queensland.
  • Higgins, D., Rogers, T., Irvine, A., Hall-Aspland, S. (2001). Use of midazolam/ pethidine and tiletamine/ zolazepam combinations for the chemical restraint of leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx). Annual Conference AAVCB (Australian Association of Veterinary Conservation Biologists ), Cairns.

Report

  • Higgins, D., Noad, M. (2005). Standardized protocols for the collection of biological samples from stranded cetaceans.

2014

  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Ho, S., Salomonsen, J., Skjodt, K., Miles, L., Gongora, J. (2014). Evolution of MHC class i in the Order Crocodylia. Immunogenetics, 66(1), 53-65. [More Information]
  • Maher, I., Griffith, J., Lau, Q., Reeves, T., Higgins, D. (2014). Expression profiles of the immune genes CD4, CD8b, IFNy,IL-4,IL-6 and IL-10 in mitogen-stimulated koala lymphocytes (Phascolarctos cinereus) by qRT-PCR. PeerJ, 2, 1-19. [More Information]
  • Maher, I., Griffith, J., Lau, Q., Reeves, T., Higgins, D. (2014). Expression profiles of the immune genes CD4,CD8beta,IFNgamma, IL-4,IL-6 and IL-10 in mitogen-stimulated koala lymphocytes (Phascolarctos cinereus)by qRT-PCR. PeerJ, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Lau, Q., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2014). Identification of MHC11 varients associated with chlamydial disease in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). PeerJ, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Kimble, B., Li, K., Valtchev, P., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2014). In vitro hepatic microsomal metabolism of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), rats (Rattus norvegicus) and dogs (canis lupus familiaris). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part C: Toxicology and Pharmacology, 161(1), 7-14. [More Information]
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Miles, L., Gongora, J. (2014). Selection and Trans-Species Polymorphism of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class 11 Genes in the Order Crocodylia. PLoS One, 9(2), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Slapeta, J., Gray, R. (2014). Uncinaria sanguinis sp. n. (Nematoda: Ancylostomatidae) from the endangered Australian sea lion, Neophoca cinerea (Carnivora: Otariidae). Folia Parasitologica, 61(3), 255-265.
  • Marschner, C., Flanagan, C., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M. (2014). Validation of Ultrasonography in Detecting Structural Disease of the Urogenital Tract of the Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92(5), 177-178. [More Information]

2013

  • Griffith, J., Dhand, N., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2013). A retrospective Study of Admission Trends of Koalas to a rehabiliation Facility over 30 years. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 49(1), 18-28. [More Information]
  • March, D., Wong, C., Higgins, D., Curthoys, I., Brown, G. (2013). Analysis of the Odontocete inner ear with Microcomputed tomography. AMSA2013 Golden Jubilee, N/A: N/A.
  • Lau, Q., Jobbins, S., Belov, K., Higgins, D. (2013). Characterisation of four major histocompatibility complex class II genes of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Immunogenetics, 65, 37-46. [More Information]
  • Higgins, D., Lau, Q., Maher, I., Griffith, J. (2013). Chlamydia in Koalas: New Pieces to the Puzzle. National Koala Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2013). Ivermectin treatment of free-ranging Australian sea lion pups: effect on hookworm infection status, pup growth and survival and haematological parameters. Wildlife Disease Association – Australasian Section Conference, n/a: N/A.
  • Higgins, D., Maher, I., Lau, Q. (2013). Koala Immunology and KoRV. Koala Retrovirus Workshop, N/A: N/A.
  • Maher, I., Lau, Q., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2013). Koala retrovirus and immunology. Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Lau, Q., Gongora, J., Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2013). Low MHCII DAB and DBB diversity in southeastern, relative to northeastern, koala populations in Australia. Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) Australasia conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Lau, Q., Jaratlerdsiri, W., Griffith, J., Gongora, J., Higgins, D. (2013). MHC class 11 diversity of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations across their range. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Black, L., McLachlan, A., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Gillett, A., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of chloramphenicol following administration of intravenous and subcutaneous chloramphenicol sodium succinate, and subcutaneous chloramphenicol, to koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 36(5), 478-485. [More Information]
  • Black, L., McLachlan, A., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Gillett, A., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of chloramphenicol in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Kimble, B., Black, L., Li, K., Valtchev, P., Gilchrist, S., Gillett, A., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2013). Pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) after intravenous, subcutaneous and oral administration. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 36(5), 486-493. [More Information]
  • Marcus, A., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2013). Prevalence and intensity of hookworm (Uncinaria sp.) infection in free-ranging Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) pups. Wildlife Disease Assoc, Australasia Conference, N/A: N/A.

2012

  • Higgins, D. (2012). Chlamydial disease in koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course, N/A: N/A.
  • Griffith, J., Higgins, D. (2012). Diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for koala chlamydiosis at a rehabilitation facility (1995-2005). Australian Veterinary Journal, 90(11), 457-463. [More Information]
  • Jobbins, S., Sanderson, C., Griffith, J., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K., Higgins, D. (2012). Diversity of MHC class II DAB1 in the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Lau, Q., Canfield, P., Higgins, D. (2012). Expression and in vitro upregulation of MHCII in koala lymphocytes. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 147(1-2), 35-43. [More Information]
  • Phillips, C., Higgins, D., Herbert, C., Spielman, D. (2012). Investigating the efficacy of “5 in 1�? vaccines in macropods. Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference, N/A: N/A.
  • Higgins, D. (2012). Koala lymphosarcoma and other haematological or immune disorders. Wildlife Pathology Short Course, N/A: N/A.
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Melville, L., Gongora, J. (2012). MHC class 1 diversity in saltwater crocodiles and its association with lymphoid proliferation, vasculitis and encephalitis syndrome. 33rd Conference of the International Society for Animal Genetics, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.
  • Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Higgins, D., Gongora, J. (2012). MHC class i of saltwater crocidiles (Crocodylus porosus): polymorphism and balancing selection. Immunogenetics, 64, 825-838. [More Information]
  • Luck, N., Thomas, K., Morin-Adeline, V., Barwick, S., Chong, A., Carpenter, E., Wan, L., Willet, C., Langford-Salisbury, S., Abdelsayd, M., Jaratlerdsiri, W., Isberg, S., Miles, L., Higgins, D., Lane, A., Gongora, J., et al (2012). Mitochondrial DNA analyses of the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Northern territory of Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(2012), 18-25.
  • Higgins, D., Lau, Q., Butcher, L., Gray, R. (2012). Use of immunophenotyping to assess the health of two vulnerable endemic Australian species: the koala (Phascolarctos cinerius) and the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea). 61st International conference of the Wildlife Disease Association, N/A: N/A.
  • Higgins, D., Beninati, T., Meek, M., Irish, J., Griffith, J. (2012). Within - population diversity of koala Chlamydophila pecorum at ompA VD1-VD3 and the ORF663 hypothetical gene. Veterinary Microbiology, 156(3-4), 353-358. [More Information]

2011

  • Govendir, M., Hanger, J., Loader, J., Kimble, B., Griffith, J., Black, L., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2011). Plasma concentratrations of chloramphenicol after subcutaneous administration to koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with chlamydiosis. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 35, 147-154. [More Information]

2010

  • Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Li, K., Krockenberger, M., Govendir, M. (2010). Absorption of enrofloxacin and marbofloxacin after oral and subcutaneous administration in diseased koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 33(doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2885.2010.01169.x.), 595-604. [More Information]

2009

  • Higgins, D., Canfield, P. (2009). Histopathological examination of the Pancreas of the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 140(4), 217-224. [More Information]
  • Zhu, B., Hartigan, A., Reppas, G., Higgins, D., Canfield, P., Slapeta, J. (2009). Looks can deceive: Molecular identity of an intraerythrocytic apicomplexan parasite in Australian gliders. Veterinary Parasitology, 159(2), 105-111. [More Information]

2008

  • Canfield, P., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2008). A Proposed Conceptual Framework For The Investigation Of Infectious Wildlife Disease. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Canfield, P., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M. (2008). Diseases of Koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Canfield, P., Krockenberger, M., Higgins, D. (2008). Koalas. Wildlife Pathology Short Course 2008, Australia: Taronga Conservation Society.
  • Barnes, J., Higgins, D., Gray, R. (2008). Pinnipeds. In Larry Vogelnest, Rupert Woods (Eds.), Medicine of Australian Mammals, (pp. 541-590). Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

2007

  • Jobbins, S., Sanderson, C., Higgins, D., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K. (2007). An investigation of MHC diversity in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). Genetics Society of AustralAsia 54th Annual Conference, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.

2006

  • Hemsley, S., Krockenberger, M., Belov, K., Canfield, P., Carter, D., Govendir, M., Griffith, J., Higgins, D., Jobbins, S., Malik, R., Saul, N., et al (2006). Update on Koala Research at the University of Sydney. Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section) Annual Meeting 2008, Australia: Wildlife Disease Association (Australasian Section).

2005

  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2005). Association of uterine and salpingeal fibrosis with Chlamydial Hsp60 and Hsp 10 antigen specific antibodies in Chlamydia infected koalas. Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, 12(5), 632-639.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2005). Immuno-histochemical demonstration of the role of Chlamydiaceae in renal, uterine and salingeal disease in koala & Chlamydiaceae in novel sites. Journal of Comparative Pathology, 133(2-3), 164-174. [More Information]
  • Higgins, D., Noad, M. (2005). Standardized protocols for the collection of biological samples from stranded cetaceans.

2004

  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2004). Assessment Of Anti-Bovine IL4 And IFN Gamma Antibodies To Label IL4 And IFN Gamma In Lymphocytes Of The Koala And Brushtail Possum. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 101(3-4), 153-160.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2004). Chlamydial disease of koalas: new information on pathogenesis and host-response. 2006 Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology Annual Conference.
  • Higgins, D., Tobias, G., Stone, G. (2004). Excretion Profiles Of Some Reproductive Steroids In The Faeces Of Captive Female Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus Aculeatus) And Long-Beaked Echidna (Zaglossus Sp.). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 125, 279-286.
  • Higgins, D. (2004). Ultrasonography Of The Reproductive Tract Of The Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus Aculeatus). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 125, 277-278.

2003

  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2003). Detection of Interferon gamma in marsupials: A tool for disease susceptibility investigations? 3rd International Wildlife Management Congress incorporating the 16th Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference, Christchurch, N.Z.
  • Higgins, D., Hemsley, S., Canfield, P. (2003). Host-response of koalas to chlamydial infection: detection of interferon gamma and chlamydial hsp60- and hsp10-specific IgG in koalas. AVA Annual Conference: 2003 Conference of the Australian Association of Veterinary Conservation Biologists, QLD, Australia: School of Animal Studies, University of Queensland.
  • Tahmindjis, M., Higgins, D., Lynch, M., Barnes, J., Southwell, C. (2003). Use of a pethidine and midazolam combination for the reversible sedation of crabeater seals (lobodon carcinophagus). Marine Mammal Science, 19(3), 581-589.

2002

  • Higgins, D., Rogers, T., Irvine, A., Hall-Aspland, S. (2002). Use of Midazolam/Pethidine and Tiletamine/ Zolazepam combinations for the chemical restraint of Leopard seals (Hydrurga Leptonyx). Marine Mammal Science, 18(2), 483-499.

2001

  • Higgins, D., Rogers, T., Irvine, A., Hall-Aspland, S. (2001). Use of midazolam/ pethidine and tiletamine/ zolazepam combinations for the chemical restraint of leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx). Annual Conference AAVCB (Australian Association of Veterinary Conservation Biologists ), Cairns.

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