Research

The research unit is headed by Professor Christopher Fairley, and funded through a number of large National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Current Postgraduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy

Dr Nick Medland
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Dr James McMahon, Dr Julian Elliott, Prof Jennifer Hoy
Project title: “Accessible but not accessed: Optimising Engagement with Antiretoviral Therapy”

Dr Vincent Cornelisse
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisor: Dr Eric Chow
Project title: “Gonococcal transmission patterns in Australia”

Dr Janet Towns
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisors: Prof Stephen Graves, A/Prof Marcus Chen, Dr Eric Chow, A/Prof Lei Zhang,
Project title: “Epidemic syphilis in Victoria 2015: Where to from here? Strategies to improve
prevention, early detection and treatment of syphilis in high risk populations.”

Miss Larissa Ratten
Supervisor: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, Dr Gerald Murray, Prof Suzanne Garland
Project title: “Using Next Generation Sequencing to explore the aetiology of genital infections”

Miss Rosie Latimer
Supervisor: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, Dr Eric Chow, Dr Tim Read
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium in women”

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Miss Chloe Duygu Durukan
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisors: A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw, Dr Eric Chow, Dr Tim Read
Project title: “Change in type specific herpes infections”

Past Postgraduate Students

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

2016

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Mr Emile Jasek
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisor: Dr Eric Chow
Project title: “Epidemiology of STI since 1917”

Mr David Priest
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisor: Dr Eric Chow
Project title: “Pre-exposure prophylaxis among men who have sex with men”

Miss Rosie Latimer
Supervisor; A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisor: Dr Tim Read and Dr Lenka Vodstrcil
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium associated Pelvic Inflammatory Disease”

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)

Miss Josephine Slifirski
Supervisor; A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Co-supervisor: Dr Tim Read and Dr Lenka Vodstrcil
Project title: “Mycoplasma genitalium in sexual contacts”

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Miss Anne Tran
Supervisor: Dr Tim Read
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: “Can we pool pharyngeal, rectal and urine samples when screening men who have sex with men (MSM) for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae using the Aptima Combo 2 assay?”

2015

Miss Angela Tiffani
Supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Co-supervisor: Dr Eric Chow
Project title: “The clinical outcomes of female partners of men with idiopathic non-gonococcal urethritis”

Mr Andre Landika
Supervisor: Dr Eric Chow
Co-supervisor: Prof Christopher Fairley
Project title: “The use of non-occupational HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (NPEP) among men who have sex with men”

Potential research project available for students

Analysis of the accuracy of a self-diagnosis web site for common sexually transmitted infections
Supervisors: Prof Chrostopher Fairley, A/Prof Marcus Chen and A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: CFairley@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, BBiotech, M, PhD

Prospective case control study of the risk factors for anal and throat gonorrhoea
Supervisors: Prof Chrostopher Fairley, A/Prof Marcus Chen and A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: CFairley@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, BBiotech, M

Research in Sexual Health Medicine
Supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, Dr Eric Chow and A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: cfairley@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, M

Symptoms and microbiological findings of women attending as partners of men diagnosed with urethritis at MSHC
Supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, A/Prof Marcus Chen and A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: cfairley@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, BBiotech

Systematic review of the cost effectiveness of screening for gonorrhoea in very low prevalence populations
Supervisors: Prof Christopher Fairley, A/Prof Marcus Chen and A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: cfairley@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, BBiotech

Pattern of HIV serosorting in men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc

Risk factors for pharyngeal chlamydia among men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Is kissing associated with pharyngeal gonorrhoea or chlamydia?
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Association between use of smartphone dating applications (apps) and HIV and sexually transmitted infection in men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Evaluation of the implementation of an express HIV/STI testing clinic for men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Sampling technique and detection rates for pharyngeal and rectal swabs for gonorrhoea and chlamydia in men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Sequence of sexual practices in men who have sex with men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Pattern of kissing between homosexual and heterosexual men
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Trends in gonorrhoea positivity among heterosexual men who had sex overseas
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Health research in female sex workers
Supervisors: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: echow@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc

Clinical and microbiological features of epididymitis.
Supervisors: Dr Tim Read, A/Prof Marcus Chen, A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: Tread@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc

Secondary analysis of a trial dataset of reasons why gay men have HIV tests
Supervisors: Dr Tim Read, A/Prof Marcus Chen and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: Tread@mshc.org.au
Key: BBioMedSc, BSci, BMedSc, BBiotech

Screening asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men in Australia
Supervisors: A/Prof Lei Zhang and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: lei.zhang1@monash.edu
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc, BSc

Exploring the potential population impacts of preexposure prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infections in men who have sex with men in Australia
Supervisors: A/Prof Lei Zhang and Prof Christopher Fairley
Email: lei.zhang1@monash.edu
Key: BMedSc, BBiomedSc, BSc

Knowledge and practices of Australian general practitioners in the management of bacterial vaginosis
Supervisors: Dr Jade Bilardi, Prof Meredith Temple-Smith, A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Email: jbilardi@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc

Current education, training and resources for general practitioners in the support of women experiencing early miscarriage
Supervisors: Dr Jade Bilardi and Prof Meredith Temple-Smith
Email: jbilardi@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc

General practice care following early miscarriage: The views and support practices of Australian GPs and their need for further resources to enhance care
Supervisors: Dr Jade Bilardi and Prof Meredith Temple-Smith
Email: jbilardi@mshc.org.au
Key: BMedSc