cidm public health







CIDM Public Health - Senior Investigators


  • Chen
  • Douglas
  • Dwyer
  • Gilbert
  • Iredell
  • Meyer
  • Russell 
  • O'Sullivan
  • Sintchenko
  • Sorrell
  • Webb

A/Professor Sharon Chen


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Dr Mark Douglas


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Professor Dominic Dwyer MBBS (UNSW), MD (UNSW), FRACP, FRPCA

Professor Dominic Dwyer is a medical virologist and infectious diseases physician in the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, located in the ICPMR at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. He has a clinical and research interest in viral diseases of public health importance. This includes HIV (where he coordinates an active program in antiretroviral drug resistance and HIV molecular epidemiology in Australia and the region), influenza and other respiratory viruses, and arboviruses.He leads an antiviral trials unit that has participated in over sixty studies of antiviral drugs and vaccines. His influenza research includes assessing interventions to prevent influenza transmission in closed environments, and developing assays for seasonal and pandemic influenza. CIDMLS has enhanced the laboratory investigative capacity in NSW for infectious disease outbreaks, with his particular focus being rapid detection and molecular epidemiology of outbreak and emerging viruses.


Professor Lyn Gilbert MD BS, FRACP, FRCPA, FASM, M Bioethics


Lyn trained in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology in Melbourne and was been Director of laboratory services at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (CIDM), Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR), at Westmead, NSW, from 1991 to 2010. She is a Clinical Professor in Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney's Western Clinical School and School of Public Health, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)  In 1997 she contributed to a successful tender, by colleagues at Children’s Hospital Westmead, to host the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) and was responsible for the NCIRS’ national serosurveillance program until 2011. She was instrumental in establishing the national Public Health Laboratory Network and served as its first chair from 1997-2001.


CIDM-Public Health was formed, under her leadership in 2003, to provide support for senior researchers in CIDM and has been supported, since then, by NSW Health Capacity Building Infrastructure Grants, which provide salaries or stipends for support staff, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students. Lyn has fostered a strong collaboration with the Centre for Health Informatics, UNSW, to establish expertise in infectious disease informatics at CIDM-Public Health. She completed a Master of Bioethics degree, in 2003, and has established collaborations with the VELiM Centre, University of Sydney.


Lyn’s expertise includes: bacterial molecular epidemiology, innovative methods for molecular typing of bacterial pathogens; laboratory surveillance of communicable diseases; hospital infection control; antibiotic use and resistance. Her major research interests include infections in pregnancy and the newborn; vaccine preventable diseases; epidemiology, control and ethics of healthcare associated infections. Her publications include >300 referred papers, reviews and chapters and a textbook “Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy and the Newborn Infant” (Harwood Academic), 1991. In 2013 she enrolled in a PhD on the subject of ethics and politics in hospital infection prevention and control. 



Professor Jon Iredell MBBS (Qld), PhD(Adelaide), FRACP, FRCPA, FFScRCPA

Jon Iredell trained clinically in Brisbane (Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology) and Adelaide (Infectious Diseases and Microbiology), and in science at the University of Adelaide (1992-6) and, briefly, the Max Planck Institute for Microbiology (Tuebingen, 1995). Director of Internal Medicine and Intensive Care QE2 Hospital, Brisbane 1996-7, then moved to Westmead: fractional appointment as Staff Specialist in general Intensive Care / Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (CIDM). Chair Division One Australian Society Microbiology (Inaugural 2002-4; and 2008-10). Conjoint academic appointment University of Sydney. Deputy Postgraduate Co-ordinator for Western Clinical School and Westmead Millennium Institute 2004-2012. 


Presently Professor of Medicine and Microbiology (conj.), Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney; Director Infectious Diseases, Westmead Hospital and Sydney West; Deputy Director Microbiology, ICVPMR, Pathology West; NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and Director, Critical Care Infection Centre for Research Excellence, NHMRC;  President-elect Aust Society Microbiology. Major interests in bacterial pathogenesis/ antibiotic resistance and critical care infection/ diagnostics.



Professor Wieland Meyer

Prof Wieland Meyer graduated in Genetics with a Diploma in Biology (MSc, suma cum laude), from the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), in 1986. He went on to complete his PhD (suma cum laude), at the same University in 1992. He undertook his postdoctorial studies in Prof. Thomas G. Mitchell's Laboratory at the Department of Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA, until 1995. Then, Wieland Meyer established the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory at Westmead Hospital. The same year, he also established the Australian National Molecular Mycology Reference Laboratory. He was vice-president (1998-2002) and president (2002-2005) of the Australasian Mycological Society . He is also the Convener of the Mycology Special Interest Group of the Australian Society for Microbiology since 2002. Wieland Meyer is the vice-president of the International Mycological Association (IMA) since 2006.

Wieland Meyer has written extensively (more than 80 articles and 3 books) on molecular epidemiology, phylogeny, genetics of pathogenic fungi, especially yeasts of the genera Candida and Cryptococcus and also filamentous fungi, such as Scedosporium. He has numerous national and international research collaborations covering a large number of different mycological projects. His research was and is supported by national and international grants including the DFG (Germany), Colciencias (Colombia), Genome Canada (Canada), CNRS (France) and NH&MRC (Australia).
Richard C. Russell

Professor Richard C. Russell  BSc., MSc, PhD (Syd. Uni).

Richard Russell is Professor of Medical Entomology at the University of Sydney, and founding Director of the Department of Medical Entomology at Westmead Hospital. He was previously with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Sydney from 1970 until its closure in 1987, whereupon he moved to the University’s Department of Medicine and established his Department at Westmead.

Richard has worked as a Medical Entomologist, in public health and tropical health, for more than 35 years, and has a broad experience with insects and other arthropods of medical importance. His specialties are mosquito biology, mosquito-borne disease (particularly arboviruses) and mosquito control.

He has worked as a consultant in mosquito-borne disease and mosquito control, in all states of Australia and in 18 countries in Asia, the Pacific and South America - principally for the World Health Organization and AusAID. He has provided instruction on the principles and practice of mosquito population management and vector-borne disease control, to personnel associated with mosquito pest and vector control programs for international authorities in many countries, and for federal and state government and local authorities in all states and territories of Australia. He has been responsible for the New South Wales state-wide arbovirus/vector surveillance program since he established it in 1984. 

In his professional capacity, Richard has travelled widely on all continents, visiting universities, research institutes and field control programs. He is a member of several national and international professional societies, is an editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology and is on other editorial boards, and has been the Australian delegate to the Board of Trustees of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine.

He has published more than 200 scientific papers on mosquitoes and related topics, and presented more than 100 papers at scientific conferences in Australia and many countries internationally. He is the author of the monographs "Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Disease in Southeastern Australia", and "A Colour Photo Atlas of Mosquitoes of Southeastern Australia", and is co-author of the 12 volume monograph series "The Culicidae (Mosquitoes) of the Australasian Region".
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A/Prof Vitali Sintchenko MBBS FRCPA FACHI PhD

Vitali Sintchenko is a senior medical microbiologist and an informatician with expertise in biosurveillance and molecular profiling of pathogens with epidemic potential. Dr Sintchenko is an Associate Professor in Public Health Microbiology with Sydney Medical School and is current chair of the Public Health Laboratory Network of Australia. Dr Sintchenko has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including 6 books and book chapters. He authored the first book on Infectious Disease Informatics, published by Springer Life Sciences in 2011. Dr Sintchenko has received a range of prestigious awards including the NHMRC Career Development Award (2011-2014), NHMRC Public Health Training Fellowship (2007-2010), National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) Fellowship (2005-2006) and NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship (2000-2004).

Dr Sintchenko is based at the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR) – Pathology West and Westmead Hospital. He is a clinician by training, and has undertaken extensive laboratory based research on respiratory and enteric bacterial infections. Dr Sintchenko’s research addresses mechanisms of the spread of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology and the origin of outbreaks and epidemics as well as development of systems for communicable disease detection and control.



Professor Tania Sorrell, MB BS, MD, FRACP

Tania Sorrell is the Director of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) and the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Westmead; Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases; and a Senior Physician in Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.

She has longstanding interests in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Infectious Diseases, especially in immunocompromised hosts, and in the emergence of resistant micro-organisms.

Her research into the serious fungal infection, cryptococcosis, has provided new insights into host-microbial interactions and new drug development.

She has developed new diagnostics for fungal diseases and is on international committees developing guidelines for therapy.

She has served/serves on state and national advisory committees in Infectious Diseases, including pandemic planning for influenza, approval of therapeutic agents and both the Research and Human Ethics Committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.





Dr Cameron Webb PhD BSc(Hons)


Cameron is based in the Department of Medical Entomology and his primary focus is on the translation of scientific research into practical outcomes to benefit public health with particular regard to mosquito-borne disease. Cameron's research targets the intersection of many fields that influence mosquito-borne disease in Australia including the biology and ecology of mosquitoes, environmental management, urban planning and community education.


After completing a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science at Macquarie University, Cameron was awarded a research scholarship with the Department of Medical Entomology & University of Sydney to investigate the ecology of pest mosquito populations associated with the estuarine wetlands of Homebush Bay. The findings of the PhD formed the basis of a unique mosquito treatment and monitoring program at Sydney Olympic Park that combines wetland rehabilitation objectives with pest mosquito suppression and has resulted in the successful reduction of mosquito populations during the summer months and increased amenity of the site.


 In 2002, Cameron was employed as a Hospital Scientist with Western Sydney Local Health District to provide professional advice on a consultancy basis with local, state and federal governments, wetland management authorities, engineers, developers and private industry regarding mosquito management and control. He has also been called upon to assist with projects conducted by QLD Health and James Cook University developing better management strategies for outbreaks of dengue.


 In 2005, Cameron was commissioned to develop a mosquito management plan by NSW Premier's Department for the Hunter and Mid North coast region of NSW. The plan was a first for NSW as it was developed in conjunction with five adjoining local councils as well as state and federal government agencies and was official endorsed by all relevant organisations in 2006 with the formation of the "Living With Mosquitoes" focus group. This format of regional mosquito-borne disease management has subsequently been adopted by a group of local and state authorities for both the Central Coast and Far North Coast regions of NSW.


 In 2007, Cameron was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. He provides lectures in a range of courses and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research students including collaborative projects with the University of Western Sydney and the Australian Catholic University. In addition, he has been called upon to co-ordinate and assist workshops and training courses on various aspects of mosquito and mosquito-borne disease management including courses conducted by NSW Health, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), Environmental Health Australia and the Mosquito Control Association of Australia.




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