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.

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  • Lead researcher

    Professor Helen Marshall

    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

    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
  • Partnerships

    • 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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