As Australia’s coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted, we may well see an upswing in cases of COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has warned of the need for “extreme vigilance” in countries that are now emerging from lockdown. A vaccine remains the best possible tool to guard against the virus. But with a vaccine still months… Read more »
Professor Raina MacIntyre is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, and Professor of Global Biosecurity at UNSW. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. She is an international leader in emerging infections, and is involved in research on face mask, vaccines, influenza and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response. She has a particular interest in adult vaccination with a focus on the elderly. She has won numerous awards for her research including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal from the US Association of Military Surgeons for her work on risk analysis of bioterrorism and the Frank Fenner Award for advanced research in infectious diseases. She also won the Public Health Association of Australia's Immunisation Achievement Award in 2014. She has served on numerous expert committees nationally and internationally, including for the Institute of Medicine in the US and the WHO. She was a finalist in the 2017 Eureka Prizes and won the 2017 CAPHIA Research Team Prize.
The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence which she leads, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/centres-units/centre-research-excellence-epidemic-response is focused on research and capacity building to enhance epidemic and outbreak response. She is also part of UNSW-VIRL, a centre for excellence in vaccine research. www.creimmunisation.com.au