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C Raina MacIntyre

C Raina MacIntyre

Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, UNSW
Professor Raina MacIntyre is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head of the Biosecurity Program at the Kirby Institute, and Professor of Global Biosecurity at UNSW. 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 research on 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 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Epidemic Response. 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. She was a finalist in the 2017 Eureka Prizes and won the 2017 CAPHIA Research Team Prize.

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence which she leads, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/centres-units/centre-research-excellence-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. www.creimmunisation.com.au

Research lab: https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/Raina-MacIntyre-research-lab

With COVID surging, should I wear a mask?

Nov 21, 2023 04:04 am UTC| Health

COVID is on the rise again, with a peak likely over the holiday season. Given this, health authorities in a number of Australian states have recommended people start wearing masks again. In Western Australia, masks have...

Cruise ships are back and carrying COVID. No, it’s not 2020. But here’s what needs to happen next

Oct 31, 2022 08:49 am UTC| Business

Cruise ships carrying passengers with COVID are back in the news. The Coral Princess, with an unconfirmed number of people testing positive on board, is set to dock at Fremantle, Western Australia. The Quantum of The Seas,...

At what point is a disease deemed to be a global threat? Here's the answer

Jun 23, 2022 16:17 pm UTC| Health

Whenever there is an outbreak of a disease in the world such as monkeypox it is up to the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider what sort of weight to give it, including whether or not it constitutes a public...

At last, health, aged care and quarantine workers get the right masks to protect against airborne coronavirus

Jun 17, 2021 04:12 am UTC| Health

Almost a year ago, in July 2020, our calls for the government to urgently upgrade the guidelines to protect health workers from airborne SARS-CoV-2 fell on deaf ears. The existing guidelines said health providers...

Coronavirus: how worried should I be about the shortage of face masks? Or can I just use a scarf?

Feb 04, 2020 13:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. There have been nearly 10,000 cases of the so-called 2019-nCoV in China, 23 countries...

How contagious is the Wuhan coronavirus and can you spread it before symptoms start?

Jan 30, 2020 06:01 am UTC| Health

Cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have increased dramatically over the past week, prompting concerns about how contagious the virus is and how it spreads. According the World Health Organisation, 16-21% of people with the...

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