Neonatal immunization with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in Papua New Guinea [ 2004 - 2008 ]

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Researchers: A/Pr Deborah Lehmann (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Peter Richmond Dr Inoni Betuela Dr William Pomat Prof John Reeder
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Brief description One million children die every year of pneumococcal (Pnc) disease, the majority in the third world. Many die in early infancy and babies may benefit from immunisation with a Pnc conjugate vaccine (PrevenarTM) at birth. The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Insatiate of Medical Research; Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia, will collaborate to closely examine the safety of this approach, particularly with regard to impact on the development of immunity and response to other vaccines given to infants. This study will also provide a unique opportunity for training of PNG and Australian scientists in both countries; transfer state-of-the-art immunological technology and stimulate further collaborations on respiratory infections in the region.

Funding Amount $AUD 1,181,966.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Strategic Awards

Notes International Collaborative Research Grant

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