Projects

Using new point-of-care tests to improve outbreak response to epidemic and emerging pandemic influenza

This is a pilot study assessing how outbreak response to influenza can be improved through the use of newly available point of care testing that have higher...

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Assessment of potential risks to human health posed by Cypranid herpesvirus 3

The use of cyprinid herpesvirus-3 as a biological control agen for introduced carpfish is being assessed in Australia. We are conducting a review of the potential  ...

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Smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: health impacts, associated factors, and trends

The prevalence of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults has decreased substantially in recent decades, but still remains up to 3 times that the...

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Reducing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Generating evidence on the extent and impacts of family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the appropriateness and effectiveness of...

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Chronic disease and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including tobacco

Despite the markedly reduced life span of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, reliable quantitative data on factors influencing health in later life is...

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Absolute Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk and implementation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience markedly elevated and premature CVD risk. Our work indicates high absolute CVD risk at very early ages in...

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Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health

Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH), is Australia’s largest long-term study of the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal...

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Mayi Kuwayu: The longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

Mayi Kuwayu: The longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing Indigenous cultural factors have often been viewed as negatively...

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Measuring mental distress and access to services in the Kashmir Valley, India

Globally, psychological disorders make up a large proportion of disease burden and are recognised as the leading cause of years of life lived with a disability. In...

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Latitudinal gradients in disease

Developing spatial methods to integrate global data and predict the risk of infections under different scenarios of climate and land use change. Members Dr Aparna Lal...

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Environmental change and the spread of diseases from animals to humans

Regional (Australia, New Zealand) comparison of trends in zoonoses and their associations with environmental, socio-economic and demographic factors.  Members  Dr...

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Dust storms, drought and spatio-temporal patterns in respiratory mortality

Spatio-temporal modellig of dust storms and prolonged dry conidtions on trends in respiratory mortality in Australia   Members Dr Aparna Lal Craig Strong, Fenner...

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Spatio-temporal modelling of infections associated with antibiotic use (e.g MRSA, Clostridium difficile)

Modelling spatio-temporal patterns of MRSA and C. difficile infection and its association with environmental and demographic factors.   Members Dr Aparna Lal Ashwin...

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Cryptosporidiosis in Australia

Modelling spatio-temporal patterns in reported cryptospordiosis and its association with environmental and demographic factors Members Dr Aparna Lal Emily Fearnley...

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Sun Protection to Improve Vaccine Effectiveness (based in South Africa)

We have recently shown that sun exposure in the days around vaccination can impair the immune response to vaccination. In this study we are testing an intervention of...

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Skin Study Phase 2 (based in South Africa)

This study aims to detemine the association between spectrophotometric skin reflectance and melanin density in skin types V and VI. There is a well-described similar...

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Kids Imaging of Skin for SunSafety Study (KISS Study)

The study aims to develop imaging tools to build an app that can relate skin type to safe sun exposure. Skin is photographed and then measured using reflectance...

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PrevANZ Study (led at University of Melbourne)

The PrevANZ Study tests whether vitamin D supplementation can prevent or delay the progression from a first demyelinating event to clinically definite multiple...

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PhoCIS Study (led at Telethon Kids Institute)

Our previous research has shown that both low sun exposure and low vitamin D are risk factors for multiple sclerosis.The PhoCIS Study is a clinical trial of UVB...

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Multiple Sclerosis Vitamin D Metabolites Study

We have previously shown that higher vitamin D status is associated with a reduced risk of developing a pre-multiple sclerosis condition. Here we looked at a range of...

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