Understanding respiratory infections to improve vaccines [ 2014 - 2018 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham (Principal investigator)

Brief description Indigenous children have the highest rates of ear disease (OM) and associated hearing loss in the world. Papua New Guinea has the highest child mortality rates in the Western Pacific Region with 23% of deaths from pneumonia. OM and pneumonia vaccines can be improved through broadening their coverage of disease-causing pathogens. This study will identify the pathogens that currently cause OM in Indigenous children and pneumonia in PNG, and will measure the immune responses to these pathogens, in order to develop improved vaccines.

Funding Amount $AUD 268,497.59

Funding Scheme Career Development Fellowships

Notes Part-time Employment CDF

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