Professor Raina MacIntyre

Professor Raina MacIntyre

Fields of research: Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Aged Health Care, Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Campus: Kensington
Tag: Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)

Professor Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and PLuS Alliance Fellow. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, biosecurity, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases.

Her work falls under 4 areas:

1. Personal protective equipment

2. Vaccinology

3. Epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases

4. Biosecurity

She is best known for research in the detailed understanding of the...

Professor Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and PLuS Alliance Fellow. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, biosecurity, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases.

Her work falls under 4 areas:

1. Personal protective equipment

2. Vaccinology

3. Epidemic response and emerging infectious diseases

4. Biosecurity

She is best known for research in the detailed understanding of the transmission dynamics and prevention of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory pathogens such as influenza, tuberculosis and other vaccine-preventable infections. She has led the largest body of research internationally on face masks and respirators in health care workers. Her research has been influential in informing guidelines for health workers on PPE.  Her voice as a thought leader during the Ebola epidemic is commented on in the New Atlantis. She has a particular interest in adult vaccination with a focus on the elderly. Specific vaccination interests include influenza, pneumococcal disease, HPV and herpes zoster. She has done groundbreaking, highly cited work on vaccine effectiveness of influenza vaccine against myocardial infarction. She led a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in immunisation for high risk populations, and is now head of UNSW-VIRL, a vaccine research centre focused on adult and high-risk group vaccination. Her face mask research has focused on health care workers and hospitals. She has also done research on using risk-analysis methods for analysing emerging infectious diseases outbreaks such as MERS-CoV and is a leader in new approaches to biosecurity through cross-disciplinary response. 

She leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response, ISER, the first in Australia to be dedicated to epidemic response. ISER is international and multi-sectoral, and addresses gaps in global systems for epidemic response and biosecurity. This includes an epidemic observatory through Epiwatch. Epiwatch is focused on developing automated intelligence systems for epidemic alert. It also includes the ISER academy, which brings together stakeholders from all discplines involved in large scale epidemic response, such as health, emergency management, defense, law enforcement, legal and ethics experts.

She is an international leader in emerging infections, and is involved in numerous face mask, vaccine, influenza and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She has over 280 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her research is underpinned by extensive field outbreak investigation experience. She is a graduate of the only Australian Field Epidemiology Training program, the MAE at ANU, and has extensive experience in shoe-leather epidemiology of infectious diseases outbreaks including influenza, meningococcal disease, clostridium perfringens, hepatitis A, legionella, mycoplasma, pertussis and gastroenteritis to name a few. Her in-depth understanding of the science of outbreak investigation draws from this experience combined with her academic training through a Masters and PhD in Epidemiology. Her passion for field epidemiology led her to co-found the ARM network for Australian outbreak response. She also has an interest in the ethics of medicine, and specifically in dual-use research of concern.  She is also working on research collaborations across the PLuS Alliance, with researchers from Arizona State University, and has an adjunct appointment at The College of Public Affairs and Community Solutions at ASU.

She also moderates an infectious diseases blog and welcomes contributions: https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/infectious-diseases-blog

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Interested in Raina's story? Read "First Responder".

Research Highlights:

o    She won many career awards including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize, from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States in 2007 for her work on a risk-priority scoring system for category A bioterrorism agents; and the highest national award in infectious diseases, the Frank Fenner Award for Research in Infectious Diseases in 2003. She won the Public Health Association of Australia National Immunisation Achievement Award in 2014, and also the Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize in 2014. In 2012 she won the UNSW Medicine Dean's award for outstanding achievement, the highest award in the faculty of Medicine. She has previously held a NHMRC PhD scholarship and a NHMRC Career Development Award, and been a Harkness Fellow. She spent her Harkness fellowship studying the transmission of tuberculosis in prisons in the US, at Johns Hopkins University.

o    She has published the largest body of clinical trials of face masks in prevention of respiratory infections for health workers internationally, which has been a major new contribution to knowledge for pandemic planning. 

o    She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases.

o    She initiated and led the creation, funding and training of the Network of Infectious Diseases Modellers of Australia through a NHMRC CBG in Population Health. This is a national network spanning three states and five Universities, which has had a prolific research output. She is interested in applying risk analysis methods to public health.

o    She leads a large program of vaccination clinical research, including studies in frail elderly vaccinology.

o    Leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, titled "Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations". www.creimmunisation.com.au 

Society Memberships & Professional Activities  

  • Fellow, Royal Society of NSW (elected 2016)
  • Member, Australian Infection Prevention & Control Ebola Expert Advisory Group - 2014
  • Member, WHO SAGE Committee on Varicella and Zoster Vaccine (2013-2014).
  • Member, US National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A, 2009.
  • Member of Council, Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Australia (2014-16)
  • Member, Word Organization of Medical Editors (WAME) (2003-current)
  • Member, Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (1998-2013)
  • Member, Public Health Association of Australia - PHAA (current)
  • One Health Special Interest Group committee, PHAA (current)
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Fellow, Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Member, Specialist Influenza Advisory Group to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, 2007-2010
  • Member, Pandemic Influenza Advisory Group to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, 2007-2010
  • Member, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (2007-2009)
  • Member, Infectious Diseases Subgroup of the Detention Health Advisory Group, Australia, 2007-.2008
  • Member, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (EAGAR) (2005-2008).
  • Member, Hepatitis B working party of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, STDs and Hepatitis.
  • Member, Working Parties for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation: Influenza, Hepatitis A; Pneumococcal disease; Varicella zoster; Rotavirus   

 

Editorial Boards

Epidemiology and Infection

BMJ Open

Vaccine Council of 100



My Grants

2016 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. R MacIntyre, M Kirk, A Clements, P Komesaroff, D Heslop, Q Wang, S Sakar, P Debarro, W Rawlinson, M Baker. Intergrated Systems for Epidemic Response.

2015 NHMRC Project grant. R MacIntyre, L Gardner, A Heywood. “Real time models to inform prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases

2015 NHMRC Project grant. A Newall, R MacIntyre, R Menzies, J Wood, P Beutels. Economic evaluation of alternative pneumococcal vaccination strategies

2012 NHMRC Project Grant #1048180. B Liu, A Newall, R MacIntyre, P McIntyre. Providing the evidence to guide adult immunisation strategies: a novel approach using a large prospective cohort study and record linkage.

2011 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Health

Investigators: CR MacIntyre, PB McIntyre, R Booy, N Woods, C Jones, J kaldor, P Beutels, R Menzies, D Dwyer.

Subject: Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations: closing the gap in knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach

 

2011 ARC DP120100189

Investigators: CR MacIntyre, N Zwar, H Worth, A Heywood, H Seale, M Sheikh, M Smith.

Title: "Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks"

 

2009 NHMRC Urgent H1N1 influenza 2009 grant # 630787

Investigators Prof CR MacIntyre; Prof DE Dwyer; Dr H Seale

Subject Efficacy of face masks against H1N1 swine influenza

 

2009-2012 ARC Linkage Grant # LP0990749

Investigators Prof CR MacIntyre; Prof DE Dwyer; A/Prof PT Nga; Prof NM Ferguson; A/Prof M McLaws; Prof L Maher; Dr H Seale; Dr JG Wood; Dr AT Newall

Subject Economic, social and cross cultural issues in non pharmaceutical protection of front line responders to pandemic influenza and emerging infections.

 

2007-2008 ARC Discovery Grant #DP0773987

Investigators CR MacIntyre; AJ Plant; RE Watkins

Subject Who acquires infection from whom across international borders? New approaches for control of emerging infections through understanding travel patterns

 

2006-2009 ARC Linkage Grant #LP0668279

Subject Economic and Social Benefits of treating and preventing influenza in Aged Care Facilities

Investigators R Booy; CR MacIntyre; D Dwyer; RI Lindley

 

2006 NHMRC Strategic Research Grant for Potential Avian Influenza-Induced Pandemic — Urgent Research #373646

Subject Pandemic influenza: developing a model to enhance preparedness in the business sector

Investigators Plant, Aileen; MacIntyre, Raina; Merianos, Angela; Donovan, Robert; Watkins Rochelle.

 

2006 NHMRC Strategic Research Grant for Potential Avian Influenza-Induced Pandemic —Urgent Research #410224

Subject Assessment of interventions for controlling pandemic influenza and determining data needs to inform these assessments

Chief investigators Becker, Niels G; Glass, Kathryn; Mathews, John; Dwyer, Dominic; Nolan, Terrence; MacIntyre, Raina; Barendregt, Jan; Barnes, Belinda; Caley, Peter; McCaw, James; McVernon, Jodie; Philp, David; Wood, James

 

2005-2009 NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Population Health #358425

Subject Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases

Investigators MacIntyre CR, Becker N, Law M, Plant AJ, Nolan T, Brown GV

 

2005-2008 NHMRC Project grant #352337

Subject Clinical trial of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in hospitalized geriatric patients.

Investigators MacIntyre CR, Lindley R, McIntyre PB, Sullivan J, Gilbert GL.

 

2005-2008 NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence #264625

Subject Interdisciplinary clinical and health ethics research and training to improve outcomes in immunosuppressed haematology patients

Investigators Sorrell T, Bradstock K, Kerridge I, Gilbert GL, Gottlieb D, MacIntyre CR, Dwyer D, Ankeny R.

Location Westmead Hospital and NSW Bone Marror Transplant Network

 

2006-2007 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, Office of Health Protection grant

Subject A Cluster Randomised, Controlled clinical trial of surgical masks and particulate respirators in households for Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission.

Investigators MacIntyre CR, Booy R, Plant AJ, Dwyer D, Wang H, Burgess M, Browne, G, Seale H, Iskander M.


My Qualifications

MBBS (1st Class Honours) University of Sydney 1988

Master of Applied Epidemiology, Australian National University 1992

PhD (Epidemiology) Australian National University 1998

Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) 1994

Fellow, Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM) 1995


My Awards

 

2016  

Elected a Fellow of The NSW Royal Society

2014  

Public Health Association of Australia, National Immunisation Achievement Award.

 

2014

Peter Baume Public Health Impact Prize

2014

Certificate of Recognition Award to The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in immunization from the NSW Refugee Health Service during 2014 Refugee Week, for Highly valued contribution to the promotion of health and wellbeing of refugees and humanitarian entrants.

2014

ARM Network shortlisted for Australian Innovations Award

 

2012                  Deans Award for Outstanding Achievement, UNSW Medicine. This is the highest award made by the Faculty of Medicine in recognition of significant achievements, usually over a prolonged period of time, by academic staff in the areas of education, research and community activity.  This award recognises achievements of the highest standard that give great credit to the individual and to the Faculty.

2007                  Sir Henry Wellcome Medal and Prize from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States of America. Unsolicited award for the following work: MacIntyre CR, Secull A, Lane M, Plant AJ. Development of a risk priority scores for category A bioterrorism agents as an aid for public health policy. Military Medicine. 171(7):589-94, 2006 Jul.

2004                  Robert & Elizabeth Albert Study Grant, Royal Australasian College of Physicians. 

2003                  Frank Fenner Award (Australian Society for Infectious Diseases) for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases 

2001                  Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Best poster prize, Division of Adult Medicine 

1997                  ASID/ICI (Australian Society for Infectious Diseases) travelling scholarship 

1995                  AEA (Australian Epidemiologic Association) travelling scholarship for outstanding new researchers 

1992                  Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Victoria) – best advanced trainee presentation.

 

Undergraduate Medicine and other Prizes - Sydney University

1984                 A C Stephen Prize for English prose

1985                David Sugerman Prize for Pathology

1985                 Allan Douglas Gillies Memorial Prize for Pathology

1985                 Parkinson Memorial Prize for Pathology

1988                 1st class honours in medicine (top 10% of class of >200 students)

 

1982                Dux (top ranked student in HSC) of Sydney Girl’s High School

1979 & 1980   City of Sydney Eisteddfod medal for debating

1978 & 1979   UNICEF Art awards.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

ILP, PhD, Masters


Currently supervising

PhD, ILP, Masters


My Expertise

Emerging infectious diseases, biosecurity, vaccines, influenza, adult vaccination, elderly vaccination, epidemiology, pandemics, travel and border control, HPV, pneumococcal disease, bioterrorism.


My Engagement

Podcast "Data, disruption and unnatural pandemics". AGSM Activation Event Oct 11 2016

https://soundcloud.com/unswbusiness/agsm-activate-data-disruption

 

Interview on ABC TV on bird flu

 

The falling vaccine rates we don't hear about

 

Social media for disease outbreaks - fad or way of the future?

 

Global biosecurity threats

 

Thinking about getting the flu vaccine? here's what you need to know.

 

Taking the Ouch out of vaccines - the future of needle-free vaccination

 

 Want to boost vaccination? Don't punish the parents

 

How are nurses becoming infected with Ebola?

 

Flu jab may halve heart attack risk

 

Vaccination isn't just for kids - a guide to vaccination for the over 65's

 

Banning unvaccinated kids from childcare may have unofreseen consequences

 

In the news

Location

Building Samuels Building
Room Number R325A
Location Level 3

Contact

+61 2 9385 3811
+61 2 9313 6185

Videos

Head of School Raina MacIntyre Welcomes New Postgraduate Students
Welcome to SPHCM
  • Head of School Raina MacIntyre Welcomes New Postgraduate Students
  • Facemasks for infection prevention explained
  • National Immunisation achievement award 2014
  • The Fuss about Facemasks
  • The occupational health risk of Ebola for health workers and transmission of infectious disease
  • Ebola and respiratory protection
  • UNSW Alliance Against Ebola- Prof. Raina MacIntyre
  • UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine – Master of Health Management
  • Online Learning at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine - UNSW Australia
  • UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine - Master of Public Health (International)
  • Immunisation Equity by 2017: A Golden Age or a Golden Duck - Professor Raina MacIntyre Part I
  • Prof.Raina MacIntyre: 'Elderly Vaccination' presentation
  • MacIntyre RC (2012): Science of predicting, preparing, preventing for the next potential pandemic
  • 100&Change - Global Biosecurity: UNSW-ASU Team Pitch Video

Research Activities

Immunisation in Under Studied and Special Risk Populations: “Closing the Gap in Knowledge through a Multidisciplinary Approach”

Project

Immunisation in Under Studied and Special Risk Populations: “Closing the Gap in Knowledge through a Multidisciplinary Approach”

This NHMRC CRE in Population Health Research commenced in 2012 and is focused on immunisation for vulnerable or marginalised population subgroups at increased disease risk.

Influenza vaccine and ischaemic heart disease

Influenza is a cause of severe illness and death, particularly in the elderly during the annual winter epidemics

Efficacy of N95 respirators vs surgical masks in protecting health workers against respiratory infections

Health care workers who consistently wear fitted face masks while on duty are much less likely to get clinical respiratory and bacterial infections, according to new research led by University of New South Wales (UNSW) academics.

Elderly vaccination - the glass is half full

The shifting global demography and ageing of populations worldwide brings new challenges for health care, and an imperative for healthy ageing and preventive health strategies for adults.

Models to inform prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases in real time

Project

Models to inform prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases in real time

This proposed research addresses the need for real-time tracking of emerging infectious diseases, both spatially and temporally, to inform international and national outbreak response teams, aid in the implementation of real-time containment strat

Examining the effectiveness of mask use as source infection control for people with influenza-like-illness in Beijing, China

Project

Examining the effectiveness of mask use as source infection control for people with influenza-like-illness in Beijing, China

This study will determine whether mask use by people with influenza-like-illness (ILI) while at home protects other family members from respiratory infections.

The Fuss about Facemasks

The Fuss about Facemasks

We have published the largest body of clincial trials and research on face masksm vs N5% in health care workers.

MERS coronavirus: animal source or deliberate release?

Thinking the unthinkable and flagging it as a possibility causes strong reactions.

Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks

Project

Travellers visiting friends and relatives: new approaches to understanding and reducing infectious disease risks

This research will investigate the contribution to the burden of infectious diseases in Australia from travel by migrant Australians who visit friends and relatives in their country of birth.

Epidemic Response

Epidemic Response

The urgent nature of epidemic infectious diseases bring specific challenges in disease control.