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With the 2019 coronavirus outbreak continuing to spread, Prof Allen Cheng provides expert commentary and advice.
Congratulations to the Department of Infectious Diseases’ Professor Orla Morrissey, who was senior author on a paper that gained a prestigious Publication of the Year Award at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology in December 2019.
Dr Kelly Wyres
Dr Nenad Macesic
Congratulations to Dr Kelly Wyres and Dr Nenad Macesic who received Emerging Leader grants from the NHMRC Investigator grants scheme. Dr Kelly Wyres will develop a clone-specific risk framework for Klebsiella pneumoniae transmission and AMR, while Dr Macesic will investigate how to integrate genomic and artificial intelligence approaches to combat antimicrobial resistance
Dr Joseph Doyle from the Department of Infectious Diseases has received a $1.459 million Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct a paradigm-changing trial assessing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a same-visit HCV testing and treatment model of care for PWID.
The QuickStart Study will use a cluster randomised controlled trial design to evaluate the impact of rapid testing and treatment provision on hepatitis cure. The hypothesis is that a same-day test and treatment model of care will significantly enhance hepatitis cure among PWID, and be cost-effective in real-world settings.
“Surveillance data and modelling shows us that health-care providers are not testing and re-testing often enough to engage people in care. This makes it harder and more expensive to reach our HCV elimination targets. It also leaves many people living with a curable infection because they are not linked to health care,” Dr Doyle said.
“A same-visit service would simplify care, lead to more people starting treatment, and more people will be cured. It may also be highly cost-effective and help implement Australia’s national hepatitis C strategy,” he said.
Professor Anton Peleg successfully secures NHMRC funding to understand how a superbug that causes severe infections in hospitalised patients worldwide and is known to be resistant to almost all available antibiotics, causes disease. His team will use this information to guide the development of a new type of therapy to treat this severe infection.
Congratulations Professor Jenny Hoy, elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS).
Professor Hoy has made significant contributions to the HIV research effort nationally and internationally. Her main research interest is in the evaluation of the causes of co-morbidity and mortality in people living with HIV infection and the effect of Antiretroviral Therapy.
Prof. Orla Morrissey (Department of Infectious Diseases) with sixty-five global experts have recently updated the definitions for invasive fungal disease which now become the new reference standard for clinical, epidemiological and diagnostic research.
|Dr Andrew Stewardson and Dr Orla Morrissey - contributors to the Diagnosis, management and prevention of Candida auris in hospitals - ASID position paper. -IMJ Editor's Choice -|
We have a new superbug, and it’s time to take notice
The highly-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris was only discovered 10 years ago but is already causing serious problems in Healthcare facilities worldwide. The first case was identified in Victoria in 2018, which spurred leading infectious disease bodies to form a working party to tackle this growing problem.
Recently released is an important ‘position statement’ from Australian and New Zealand Mycoses Interest Group and the Hospital Infection special Interest Group from the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. Contributing authors, Dr Andrew Stewardson, and Dr Orla Morrissey are infectious diseases physicians in the Department of Infectious Diseases, the Alfred and Monash University.
Dr Joseph Doyle wins Club Melbourne Fellowship
The 2019 Club Melbourne Fellowship was awarded to Dr Joseph Doyle from the Burnet Institute, who received the $10,000 grant to support his attendance at an international conference of his choosing to enable new, life-changing opportunities for his research project.