Professor Kristine Macartney MBBS, BMedSci, MD, FRACP
Director of NCIRS
Kristine Macartney is a paediatrician and infectious disease specialist. She is a medical graduate of the University of NSW and has almost 20 years of experience in vaccinology. She has experience working in the USA at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was a founding member of the US Vaccine Education Center. Her Doctorate of Medicine was on rotavirus infection, in particular the mucosal immune response to novel vaccine candidates. She is interested in all aspects of vaccine preventable disease research, particularly policy development, vaccine safety and prevention of viral diseases. She is the Senior Editor of The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Kristine has a clinical appointment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a conjoint academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Sydney.
Professor Robert Booy MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD, FRACP, FRCPCH
Head of Clinical Research
Robert Booy is Head of Clinical Research at NCIRS having joined NCIRS in March 2005. He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984), trained in paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, and has held a range of positions in the UK.
Professor Booy has interests in influenza, varicella, HPV, Hib, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease. His research interests extend from understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases, especially influenza and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms; the clinical, public health, social and economic burden of these diseases; and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures.
Dr Aditi Dey MBBS, DTM&H, GradDipApplSc (HIM), MPH, PhD
Manager - Surveillance
Aditi Dey is the Manager of Surveillance at NCIRS. She has completed her PhD, Master of Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Health Information Management) at the University of Sydney after her medical degree (MBBS, University of Delhi) and training in tropical medicine. Aditi worked at the University of Sydney and also in Thailand and India before joining NCIRS. At NCIRS, she is involved in program evaluation, coverage of vaccines, and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunisation. Aditi has experience in supervision of research students and teaching and coordination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She holds a conjoint Senior Lecturer appointment at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Nicholas Wood MBBS, DCH, MPH, FRACP
Senior Clinical Research Fellow
Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist general paediatrician and Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Postgraduate Research) in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. He holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He leads the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service and coordinates the Immunisation Adverse Events Clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is interested in maternal and neonatal immunisation, as well as research into vaccine safety and the genetics of adverse events.
Dr Clayton Chiu MBBS, MRCP (UK), MPH&TM, GradDipAppEpi, FAFPHM
Public Health Physician
Clayton Chiu is a public health physician, trained in adult internal medicine and public health. He joined NCIRS in 2006 after graduating from the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program. He is also a conjoint lecturer of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney. His main interests are in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, immunisation for prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases, and knowledge translation to support development of population vaccination policies.
Dr Frank Beard MBChB, BA, MPH, MHA, Grad Dip App Epi, FAFPHM
Public Health Physician
Frank Beard is a staff specialist public health physician who heads up the coverage, evaluation and surveillance team at NCIRS and has a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. He graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland and then worked as a GP in Sydney for 15 years before undertaking his speciality training. After becoming a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 2004, he moved to Queensland and worked for 8 years in the Communicable Diseases Unit. He joined NCIRS in 2013. His main interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable disease and immunisation program evaluation.