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Vaccines and Infectious Disease Unit

We are interested in preventing meningococcal, human papillomavirus and pertussis infections by way of immunisation. 

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, including a landmark study to assess the impact of a Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine in up to 40,000 school students in South Australia.

Lead researcher: Professor Helen Marshall

Research team

Research support
  • Dr Michelle Clarke
  • Sue Evans
  • Louise Goodchild
  • Christine Heath
  • Su-san Lee 
  • Dr Suja Mathew
  • Lesley McCauley
  • Dr Mark McMillan
  • Hassen Mohammed 
  • Kathryn Riley
  • Philippa Rokkas
  • Mary Walker
  • Bing Wang


  • 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

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree with us?

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.