Professor Raina MacIntyre is Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She runs a highly strategic research program spanning epidemiology, vaccinology, mathematical modelling, public health and clinical trials in infectious diseases. She is an international leader in emerging infections, and is involved in numerous face mask, vaccine, influenza and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She has over 240 publications in peer-reviewed journals and leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response. She is best known for research in the detailed understanding of the transmission dynamics and prevention of infectious diseases, particularly respiratory pathogens such as influenza, tuberculosis and other vaccine-preventable infections. She has a particular interest in adult vaccination with a focus on the elderly. Specific elderly vaccination interests include influenza, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster. Her face mask research has focused on health care workers and hospitals. She has won numerous awards for her research including the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal from the US Association of Military Surgeons for her work on risk analysis of bioterrorism and the Frank Fenner Award for advanced research in infectious diseases. She has served on numerous expert committees nationally and internationally, including for the Institute of Medicine in the US and the WHO.
She has over 20 years experience of public health vaccination programs and leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Immunisation. In 2014 she won the Public Health Association of Australia's National Immunisation Achievement Award, the highest award in immunisation in Australia.
Full research profile: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/professor-raina-macintyre