Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

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, vaccines, influenza and other infectious diseases research studies that directly inform national and international policy and practice in communicable disease control. She has over 280 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. 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 also won the Public Health Association of Australia's Immunisation Achievement Award in 2014. She has served on numerous expert committees nationally and internationally, including for the Institute of Medicine in the US and the WHO.

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence which she leads, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response is focused on research and capacity building to enhance epidemic and outbreak response. She is also part of UNSW-VIRL, a centre for excellence in vaccine research.

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    Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine , UNSW


    Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, UNSW