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. These risk groups suffer disproportionate morbidity and mortality, either because of less robust immunity or because of co-morbidities and environmental factors. Research to inform immunisation policy and practice in these groups usually remains beyond the scope of funding from government or industry, and as such is the focus of our CRE.

We are committed to capacity building of future leaders, post-doctoral researchers and students in this field, as well as to conducting research to advance the understanding of immunisation in special risk populations in the four streams:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination needs
  • Neonatal and Parental vaccination strategies
  • Frail elderly
  • Migrant, traveller and refugee health

Project team

Professor Raina MacIntyre
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Heather Frances Gidding
Faculty of Medicine
Associate Professor Bette Liu
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Anita Elizabeth Heywood
Faculty of Medicine
Dr Holly Seale
Faculty of Medicine

Project collaborators: External

Professor Peter MacIntyre
Children’s Hospital at Westmead, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The University of Sydney
Prof Robert Booy
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Dr Julie-Anne Leask
The University of Sydney, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Dr Nicholas Wood
Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The University of Sydney
Prof Cheryl Jones
Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The University of Sydney
Dr Robert Menzies
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Prof Dominic Dwyer
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Hospital
Ms Telphia Joseph
National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Dr Tom Snelling
Sydney Children’s Hospital, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
Mr James Ward
Baker Institute
Associate Professor Rachel Skinner
University of Sydney, Children’s Hospital Westmead
Dr Barend Marais
University of Sydney, Children’s Hospital Westmead
Associate Professor Kristine Macartney
University of Sydney, Children’s Hospital Westmead

Key contact

Faculty of Medicine
+61 2 9385 3811