Vaccines and Infectious Disease Unit
The Vaccines and Infectious Disease Unit (VIRTU) investigates urgent priorities in infectious disease prevention and includes clinical trials in new vaccines, infectious and social epidemiology, and public health.
We are one of only two research units in Australia using social science research methodologies to investigate community acceptance of immunisation programs, and the only unit assessing community attitudes to the introduction of new vaccines.
We have been involved in over fifty 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 (MenB) vaccine on herd immunity in 35,000 school students in South Australia.
Professor Helen Marshall
Professor Helen Marshall is a clinician and researcher. She is Professor in Vaccinology at Adelaide Medical School and Deputy Director of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. Professor Marshall is also a Senior Medical Practitioner and Medical Director of Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Research team Role Mrs Michelle Clarke Research support Dr Sue Evans Research support Mrs Louise Goodchild Research support Mrs Christine Heath Research support Ms Su-san Lee Research support Dr Suja Mathew Research support Dr Jesia Berry Research support Mr Mark McMillan Research support Mr Hassen Mohammed Research support Ms Kathryn Riley Research support Dr Philippa Rokkas Research support Mrs Mary Walker Research support Dr Bing Wang Research support
- Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health - South Australia
- Menzies School of Health Research - Northern Territory
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance - New South Wales
- Vaccine Trials Group - Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia
- Oxford University - Oxford, United Kingdom
- Public Health England - United Kingdom
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