Professor Peter McIntyre MBBS (Hons) DTM&H PhD FRACP FAFPHM
Senior Professorial Fellow

Peter McIntyre is Professor in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health and the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia and an Honorary Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is qualified as a paediatrician, specialising in infectious diseases, an epidemiologist, specialising in vaccine-preventable diseases and a public health physician.

He was Director of NCIRS from 2005-2017 and continues to be a Professorial Fellow with NCIRS after moving to New Zealand in 2018. In Australia, he was ex-officio member of the National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) from 1999-2017 and, from 2005-2017, of the Communicable Disease Network of Australia (responsible for national communicable disease surveillance and control) and the National Immunisation Committee (responsible for implementation of immunisation programs). Internationally, he was appointed to the pertussis working party of the US Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practice in 2011 and has been asked to contribute to similar groups by the Public Health England in UK, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. For WHO, he has been a member of pertussis and pneumococcal working groups of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts between 2009 and 2014 and for 5 years 2012-17 was a member of the Immunisation and Vaccines Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC). He was recently appointed to the International Vaccines Task Force by the World Bank, which reported to the World Health Assembly in 2018.

Professor Julie Leask DipAppSc, RM (midwifery), MPH, PhD
Professorial Fellow

Julie Leask is a social scientist and Professor at The University of Sydney, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. She holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health and is a Professorial Fellow at NCIRS where she previously set up the Social Science unit. She was founding chair of the Collaboration on Social Science in Immunisation. She currently serves as Chair of the WHO Data for Vaccination Demand working group and is a member of the Tailoring Immunization Programme Advisory Group of Experts for the WHO European Office. Julie’s vaccination research interests include policy and evaluation, behavioural science and health communication.

Dr Heather Gidding BAppSci (Biomed), GradDipEpidBiostats, MAppEpid, PhD
Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor

Heather Gidding is a Senior Research Fellow at NCIRS and Associate Professor, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Principal Research Fellow Women and Babies Research, The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School. She is an infectious diseases epidemiologist and biostatistician. Heather is interested in maximising the use of routinely collected data for epidemiological research, in particular using data linkage methods, and longitudinal data analysis techniques to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccine programs.

Dr Philip Britton
NHMRC Early Career Fellow & PAEDS Co-lead

Dr Philip Britton is a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Health at the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. He is co-lead of the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network coordinating centre within NCIRS. He is an early career clinician researcher with an interest in neurological infections, tropical infectious diseases and international child health. His PhD investigated the clinical epidemiology of encephalitis in Australian children, using PAEDS surveillance. He remains involved in active surveillance of childhood encephalitis, acute flaccid paralysis (AFP – WHO polio surveillance) and influenza. He is a member of the Commonwealth Department of Health Polio Expert Panel. He is the lead author on comprehensive guidelines for the investigation and management of encephalitis in Australia and New Zealand. His doctoral studies showed childhood encephalitis to be associated with epidemics of important emerging pathogens among children in Australia, including EVA71 and HPeV3, and determined the magnitude of the contribution of influenza to this severe disease. He also leads surveillance for illness in children returned from travel at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as part of the global GeoSentinel network, with a particular interest in optimising vaccine-preventable disease prevention among child travellers and migrants.

Professor Margaret Burgess AO, MD BS, FRACP, FAFPHM
Founding Director of NCIRS (1997–2003)

Margaret Burgess was the founding director of NCIRS and, on her retirement, held the position of Professor of Paediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the University of Sydney. She was a member of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation as well as a number of international committees. Professor Burgess carried out the first trials of rubella vaccination in Australia and has a long-standing clinical and research interest in immunisation and in vaccine preventable.

Last updated September 2019