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Sanjay is a medical graduate with postgraduate qualifications in community medicine and public health. He holds a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. His PhD from The University of Sydney was on effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccinations in Australian children and the role of underlying at-risk conditions in increasing susceptibility of children to invasive pneumococcal disease. Sanjay has worked at NCIRS for over 10 years, primarily in the area of evidence-based technical support for the development of immunisation policy and practice. In addition to infectious disease epidemiology, he also has extensive experience as a health services researcher in the areas of quality and safety of healthcare for the elderly, evaluation of complex system interventions, and assessment of provider and consumer perspectives of healthcare. He has a particular interest in appraisal of large administrative and clinical databases for research and use of linked data to inform clinical practice and policy. Sanjay has also worked as a clinical practitioner in Sri Lanka and Australia.
Catherine has qualifications and extensive experience in clinical pharmacy, public health and health management. Before joining NCIRS in 2018, Catherine worked as a clinical pharmacist for seven years holding senior clinical and managerial roles within New South Wales Health Local Health Districts. Catherine also has experience in clinical trials having worked on a range of pivotal international clinical trials in infectious diseases. In her role at NCIRS, Catherine undertakes research that informs clinical guidelines and policy relating to immunisation. Catherine is a member of the team at NCIRS that provides scientific technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Catherine has a broad interest in evidence-based practice and the translation of research evidence to inform public health policy and practice.
Jeff has qualifications and experience in clinical pharmacy, systematic reviews and guideline development. His PhD research at The University of Sydney is on "Improving the adaptation and implementation of public health guidelines". His systematic review work on guideline development methods has been published in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)'s Guidelines for Guidelines. Before joining NCIRS in 2020, he has worked as a community pharmacist and a university tutor, teaching public health units at The University of Sydney School of Pharmacy. In his role at NCIRS, Jeff undertakes research and systematic reviews that inform clinical guidelines related to immunisation.
Catherine King has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health, Library and Information Management and Evidence-Based Practice (Med). She has previous experience as the manager of both district and teaching hospital clinical libraries and has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews. Joining NCIRS in 2001, Catherine provides professional librarianship and information management services to support the evidence-based policy, teaching and research activities of the Centre, including ongoing literature searching for The Australian Immunisation Handbook and ATAGI working parties. Catherine has completed a PhD with the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney, examining parental perspectives and practices on influenza and influenza vaccination to inform vaccination policy and programs. Catherine is interested in systematic review methods, qualitative research, infectious diseases, vaccine hesitancy and immunisation information needs.
Edward has a background in clinical trials working on various trials for the Langton Centre/Sydney Hospital. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Certificate in Drug Development from the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Curtin University. Edward joined NCIRS in 2008 as the Assistant Librarian and is involved in maintaining NCIRS’s knowledge-based resource collection and sourcing relevant literature to support the policy, teaching and research activities of the centre.
Jean Li-Kim-Moy joined NCIRS in February 2011. He completed his medical training at the University of Sydney (2000). He was awarded a Diploma of Paediatrics (2004) from the University of NSW and subsequently has completed his paediatric training (FRACP, 2010). He has worked extensively at The Sydney Children’s Hospital within both subspecialty and general paediatrics. He works as a General Paediatrician in a busy suburban practice as well as a Clinical Research Fellow at NCIRS. His current interests are in influenza vaccine efficacy and safety in young children.
Sarah Sheridan is a public health physician with expertise in applied epidemiology and strong interest in vaccine preventable disease control. Her PhD was on the impact and effectiveness of vaccination programs in Queensland using routinely collected and linked data, particularly on pertussis and varicella. At NCIRS, Sarah predominantly focuses on providing technical support for the development of immunisation policy and practice. Following her basic clinical training, Sarah trained in public health, with an international focus, and undertook the Applied Master of Epidemiology during which she undertook multiple projects internationally, including in Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea. Sarah has maintained a strong interest in immunisation research using linked data as well as international public health and field epidemiology, undertaking projects in Samoa.
Diana joined NCIRS in April 2019. She has qualifications in Biomedical Science and Microbiology. She completed her PhD in 2017 at Griffith university and is currently doing Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. Before joining NCIRS, Diana worked in vaccine research and most of her work focused on identifying and characterising vaccine targets for Neisseria meningitides and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In addition, Diana worked as a Teaching Associate for undergraduate Microbiology and Infectious Disease Control courses in Griffith University's School of Medical Science. Diana holds a conjoint academic appointment as a lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School.
Zoe joined NCIRS in April 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuroscience) at The University of Sydney and a Master of Public Health at the University of Auckland. Before joining NCIRS, Zoe was an intern at the World Health Organisation in Suva, Fiji, where she became interested in immunisation research and surveillance. Zoe has experience in providing policy recommendations from evidence-based research for tobacco and betel nut control. In her new role as Research Officer, Zoe undertakes research to inform clinical guidelines and policy relating to immunisation.
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We acknowledge that the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is on the land of the traditional owners the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, and recognise their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. Together, through research and partnership, we aim to move to a place of equity for all. NCIRS also acknowledges and pays respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our research, staff and community are drawn.