Launch of UNSW - Vaccine & Infection Research Lab

Launch event
Event Date:
Venue:

Oceanic West Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 242 Arden Street, Coogee (free event – registration is essential) REGISTER HERE Inquiries:Elizabeth Kpozehouen: Email - e.kpozehouen@unsw.edu.au; Phone number - 02 9385 1192

Overview:

UNSW Vaccine & Infection Research Lab (UNSW-VIRL)

The launch of UNSW VIRL will be a one-off unveiling, curated by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head of School and program lead for the elderly vaccines program.

We are expecting a fantastic audience to attend the event, including academic experts, policy makers and national and NSW media. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and action – and provoke conversations that matter about adult vaccinations.

Our Mission statement
To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

Who we are
We are a group of academic researchers based at SPHCM UNSW, who are recognised international leaders in immunisation and vaccinology research. Our primary area of focus is adult and high risk group immunisation, with a focus on vulnerable populations including the elderly, migrants, refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, immunosuppressed people and health workers. Our research expertise spans clinical trials, epidemiology, mathematical modelling, health economics, big data and data linkage, social and behavioural research, as well as policy and evaluation. We engage in research, advocacy and teaching, with several options for higher studies in infectious diseases and vaccinology.

PROGRAM 

Time

Topic

9:00 am

Registration desk opens: tea & coffee served

10:00 am

Acknowledgment of country & welcome; Introduction to UNSW VIRL

Professor Raina MacIntyre, Director, UNSW - VIRL & Head of School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW, Sydney

10:10 am

Launch of UNSW VIRL

Professor Rodney Phillips, Dean of UNSW Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sydney

10:20 am

Perspectives from The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity

Professor David Cooper, Director, Kirby Institute, Sydney

10:30 am

Short break (doorstop interviews)

11:00 am

Immunisation for senior adults and special risk groups & NCIRS role in Indigenous immunisation

Professor Peter McIntyre, Director, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), Sydney

11:10 am

Importance of healthy ageing & the focus of IFA on immunisation

Mr Graeme Prior, Director, International Federation on Ageing (IFA) & Chief Executive Officer, Hall & Prior Residential Health & Aged Care Organization, Toronto, Canada

11:20 am

Immunisation needs of refugees & migrants

Dr Margaret Kay, inaugural QLD Refugee Health Fellow & Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

11:30 am

Immunisation needs for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders People

Ms Telphia Joseph, Lecturer, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW, Sydney

11:40 am

Promoting safe immunisation of adults

Professor Robert Booy, Head, Clinical Research, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), Sydney

11:50 am

“Vaccine myopia” &  Closing of the event

Dr Rob Menzies, Senior Lecturer, School of  Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW, Sydney

12:00 pm      Lunch

Mission statement

To reduce the immunisation gap between adults and children through research, teaching and advocacy, with a special focus on the elderly, high risk and vulnerable populations.

Contact Us

Dr Rob Menzies

Dr Rob Menzies

Senior Lecturer

02 93853480

r.menzies@unsw.edu.au

Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Dr Elizabeth Kpozehouen

Research Associate

02 9385 1192

e.kpozehouen@unsw.edu.au