Researcher

Professor Andrew Edwin Grulich

Biography

Andrew is an internationally renowned authority in immune deficiency, infection and cancer; and in the transmission and prevention of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in homosexual men. He graduated in Medicine in 1986 (MBBS, Adelaide) and completed a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene (1990) before returning to Australia where he completed a PhD in the epidemiology of HIV-associated cancer at UNSW (1998).  He...view more

Andrew is an internationally renowned authority in immune deficiency, infection and cancer; and in the transmission and prevention of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in homosexual men. He graduated in Medicine in 1986 (MBBS, Adelaide) and completed a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene (1990) before returning to Australia where he completed a PhD in the epidemiology of HIV-associated cancer at UNSW (1998).  He is a medical epidemiologist and a Public Health Physician (FAFPHM, 1995) and in 2015 was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He has worked in HIV research for more than twenty-five years, and at the Kirby Institute (formely known as the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research) since 1995. His current research is mainly in two areas: first, the transmission and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in homosexual men, with a focus on biomedical and behavioural prevention, and second, the intersection between infection, altered immune function and cancer, particularly as it relates to human papillomavirus-related cancer and focussing on anal cancer. Through his membership of state and federal ministerial advisory committees, he has been centrally involved in the policy response to HIV prevention in Australia.

Research Interests:
Epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection, including behavioural and biomedical prevention. Malignancies associated with HIV infection and other immunodeficient states and infections. Human Papillomavirus infection and anal cancer. Epidemiological methods.

Broad Research Areas:
Cancer, Epidemiology, HIV - AIDS, Infectious Diseases, Immunology

Qualifications:
MB BS Adel, PhD UNSW, MScEpid Lond, DipObst Flin, FAFPHM, DRACOG, FAAHMS

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
International AIDS Society;Member and past president, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine; member, Australasian Epidemiology Association; International Papillomavirus society; Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Specific Research Keywords:
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Cancer, Epidemiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Infectious disease control


My Grants

Andrew has held two NHMRC Principal Research Fellowships. In 2012-2017 he was named CI on grants totalling > $31million (>$41million in his career). Of these grants, in 2012-17 he was CIA on grants totalling $7.6million ($10.6million in his career). He has been successful as a CI in obtaining grants from the NHMRC (program, project, partnership schemes), Cancer Councils and Cure Cancer Australia, State and Federal Health Departments, the pharmaceutical industry, and international philanthropic organisations.


My Qualifications

1998 PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

1990 MSc (Epid), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.

1986 MBBS, Adelaide University, South Australia.

 

Professional

1995 Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

1988 Diploma in Obstetrics, Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia.

 


My Awards

2015-

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences


My Research Activities

Key highlights include

1. HIV treatment as prevention in gay men: The Opposites Attract study of 300 HIV-serodiscordant gay men is studying the association between HIV viral load and trnasmisison risk. Primary results will be presented in 2017. Methods were published as:

Bavinton BR, Jin F, Prestage G, Zablotska I, Koelsch KK, Phanuphak N, Grinsztejn B, Cooper DA, Fairley C, Kelleher A, Triffitt K, Grulich AE. The Opposites Attract Study of viral load, HIV treatment and HIV transmission in serodiscordant homosexual male couples: design and methods. BMC Public Health. 2014;14:917.

 

2. Pre-exposure prophylaxis in homosexual men: the Expanded PrEP Implemmentation in COmmunities (NSW) study had enrolled more than 5000 gay men by early 2017.

3. The study of prevention of anal cancer (SPANC) is a 3-year cohort study of anal human papillomavirus infeciton and related squamous intra-epithelial neoplasia in HIV-positive and HIV-negative homosexual men. Follow-up will continue untilearly 2018, and there have been a number of publications of baseline papers

 


My Expertise

Epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection, including behavioural and biomedical prevention. Malignancies associated with HIV infection and other immunodeficient states and infections. HPV infection and anal cancer. Epidemiological methods.

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Location

Level, 6, Wallace Wurth Building,
UNSW Sydney,
Kensington 2052

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 0956
+61 (2) 9385 0920