Our infectious disease researchers are involved in understanding the inner workings of disease, including the pathway from immunity to infection; disease surveillance; risk factors in the development of disease; vaccine development and trials.
The global threat of swine flu renewed awareness about the
threat of infectious diseases, particularly for the very young and
Infectious diseases are still the most common cause of death in children and the most common reason that children under two years of age are admitted to hospital.
Worldwide, 10 million children under the age of five die from infection each year.
- Video: Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann talks about her work in infectious disease research
We use a comprehensive range of methods in our research including (epi)genetics and genomics, molecular and cellular biology, epidemiology and microscopy to explore a range of diseases including
- otitis media (middle ear infections)
- neonatal sepsis
- respiratory infections
- toxoplasmosis and
Our Infectious Diseases Community Reference Group informs the wider community about research conducted and for community members to provide researchers with their valuable input into research projects.
Our Vaccine Trials Group aims to improve the health of the community through immunisation and the prevention of infectious diseases, including:
- Ross River Virus
- Dengue Fever
- Questions about vaccination? Watch our vaccination seminar video here or read The Science of Immunisation from the Australian Academy of Science
Meningitis Centre aims to eliminate meningitis in Australia.
Meningitis is a potentially deadly disease that, given its sudden
onset and flu-like symptoms, is difficult to diagnose. If left
untreated it has the potential to leave victims with long term
disabilities or even worse, lose their lives.
The Meningitis Centre is dedicated to educating the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms, provides support for families affected by the disease and advocates for prevention through vaccination.
Related media releases
- Large-scale study uncovers a single major genetic risk factor for fatal parasitic disease (January, 2013)
Epidemiology Research Team:
Dr Hannah Moore, NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Wendy (Wenxing) Sun, Research Assistant, Kalgoorlie
Ruth Monck, Research Assistant, "Pina Palya, Pina Kulilku, (Good Ear, Good Learning) project", Kalgoorlie
Lorraine Sholson, Research Assistant, "Pina Palya, Pina Kulilku, (Good Ear, Good Learning) project", Kalgoorlie
Vaccine Trials Group:
Head: Dr Peter Richmond
Meet the dedicated team of experienced doctors, nurses, scientists, researchers, phlebotomists, pharmacists, and administration staff.