Researcher

Dr Mohamed Ahmed Hammoud

Biography

Mohamed is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. He currently focuses on several clinical and behavioural COVID-19 projects, including: An investigating serological surveillance for COVID-19 in healthcare workers; a study of conserved and non-conserved immune responses in people with COVID-19 infection; and population-level surveillance investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in...view more

Mohamed is a Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. He currently focuses on several clinical and behavioural COVID-19 projects, including: An investigating serological surveillance for COVID-19 in healthcare workers; a study of conserved and non-conserved immune responses in people with COVID-19 infection; and population-level surveillance investigating the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities in Australia.

Mohamed completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, investigating epidemiological perspectives to identify underlying factors that exacerbate HIV, STI and harms associated with drug use, and sociobehavioural perspectives to understand the context in which risk occur. His research has been used to inform a national policy change to the Australasian pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines, the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, the Therapeutic Goods Act Interim Decision on Amyl Nitrite, illicit drug use and public health harm reduction campaigns. His work has been cited in the UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2019 HIV update, UNODC HIV Prevention Technical Report, and, and WHO PrEP monitoring implementation tool. Prior to beginning his PhD research, Mohamed completed his honours degree in Cognitive Psychology at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development. His honours thesis was a true experiment-design that determined how priming effects influence initial stages of the process of visual word recognition and demonstrated episodic and semantic memory systems operate as two distinct memory structures.

Drawing on his software engineering experience, Mohamed pioneered the design and development of a research-based system by modernising outmoded research methodologies to develop a world-first automatic cohort data collection system known as FAME. Currently used by national and international researchers in clinical and behavioural research studies, FAME automatically maintains data collection, participant communication, data cleaning, and tracks changes in individual behaviours overtime.

Broad Research Areas:

Sexuality and sexual identity; Mental health.Transmission and prevention of HIV other sexually transmissible infections; Gay men's health; Sexual behaviour. Drug use and misuse. Subcultural affiliation.


My Grants

To date, Mohamed has attracted over $2,727,000.00 in research funds. Notable grants below: 

NHMRC Partnership Project
Implementing population-specific psychosocial interventions to optimise treatment, care and support among men who have sex with men who use methamphetamine

NSW Health BRISE
Impact of COVID-19 on HIV, STI, and mental health among gay and bisexual men in Australia. 

Gilead Sciences Australia: Fellowship Research Grant
Non-uptake of PrEP among PrEP-eligible men in the Flux Study

NSW Health: Prevention Research Support Program
Behavioural Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Department of Health: Drug and Alcohol Program
A pilot study for an online cohort of drug use, mental and physical health among lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

Kirby Institute Emerging Investigators Grant
Measuring event-level chemsex and their associated harms among Australian gay and bisexual: A pilot study

Postdoctoral Research Grant
HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men who engage in chemsex.


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society.
Thesis title: Emerging practices and the potential to change HIV epidemiological trends: HIV pre-exposure prophilaxis (PrEP) as a harm reduction strategy among gay and bisexual men who engage in chemsex.

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Western Sydney University. MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. 
Thesis title: Can episodic memory influence initial stage of visual word recognition. 

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Engineering)
Western Sydney University. 

Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health
UNSW Sydney

Introduction to Biostatistics
The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Peer Mentoring Program 
UNSW Sydney

NIDA Presenting with Confidence
NIDA Corporate

NVIVO Certified Advance User
QSR International

Mental Health First Aid
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Certificate
Lifeline Australia


My Awards

2020 Kirby Institute Postgraduate Student Prize 
Most outstanding first author paper by a Kirby Institute student in a peer-reviewed journal

Full conference scholarship
International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections, Dublin, Ireland

Earlier Career Scientific Researcher Award - Stream C
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

Full scholarship to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

Deans Merit Award for outstanding grades in 2011 and 2012
Western Sydney University


My Research Activities

Society Memberships & Professional Activities
ACON Human Research Ethics Review Committee 

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Contact

+61 (02) 8263 8982