Vaccines and Infectious Disease Group

The Vaccines and Infectious Disease Group investigates urgent priorities in infectious disease prevention and includes clinical trials in new vaccines, infectious and social epidemiology, and public health.

We are the only research group in Australia assessing community attitudes to the introduction of new vaccines.

We have been involved in over seventy paediatric, adolescent and adult clinical trials, in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and infectious disease epidemiology including a landmark study, the largest study of its kind in the world to assess the impact of a meningococcal B vaccine on herd immunity in 35,000 school students in South Australia. Our latest NHMRC funded project is examining whether meningococcal B vaccine can prevent two distinctly different but genetically similar infections—meningococcal disease and gonorrhoea.

The Vaccines and Infectious Disease Group conducts trials at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU). 

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We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

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