The critically ill are the most vulnerable people in our health system and their care is highly resource intensive. Most admissions to intensive care units are precipitated or complicated by infection, which is the most common cause of preventable mortality and adds billions of dollars to the annual cost of health care.
We work on severe infections in the critically ill, and the ecology and genetics of antibiotic resistance. We're developing tools for real-time diagnosis, tracking of specific pathogens, and developing next-generation informatics to tailor prescribing for individuals, improve hospital infection control and track outbreaks of highly transmissible or antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
We are finding new ways to manage major infection risk by selective modification of human bacterial ecosystems. We're also committed to translating our research into effective practice and policy.
We're based at the Westmead Millenium Institute for Medical Research.
Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide with new infectious agents emerging each year. Our researchers seek to understand the body’s immune responses to infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. The study of infectious diseases and immunology at the Sydney Medical School covers laboratory, clinic and population studies, and involves all organ systems and crosses all medical specialties. Our current research projects include:
Biobank (coming soon)
Translation of our findings into policy and practice will flow through our established networks and roles of the investigators on key committees of government and professional societies.
The University offers a range of research opportunites to help you pursue your passion. Research in the discipline covers laboratory, clinic and population studies; it involves all organ systems and crosses all medical specialties. You can undertake a:
You can view a full list of research projects in critical infection by visiting Research Supervisor Connect at the University of Sydney.
To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.
We welcome applications from postdoctoral research candidates. Candidates need to have excellent English skills and a strong research background relevant to one or more of our current research projects.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your:
This information will help us to try and link you with suitable research groups.
View more current research opportunities or learn more about postgraduate research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
The Discipline of Critical Infection offers short courses at varying locations throughout the year. We welcome critical care and infection specialists in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to be part of case discussions and updates of all things relevant to severe and life-threatening infection.
Previous topics have ranged from:
We will relesase our schedule of short courses for 2019 soon.
For more information on professional development and short courses in medicine and health please visit the Sydney Medical School short courses section.