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Anja Werno

Chief of Pathology & Medical Director of Microbiology, CHL
Clinical Associate Professor, UOC

MD (Germany), PhD (Otago), MBA (Cant), FRCPA, FFSc


Research interests

  • Climate change and its impact on emerging infectious diseases
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease
  • Virological causes of illness in severely immunocompromised individuals
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Novel diagnostic methods


Hulme, K., Werno, A., White, K., & Spark, A. (2023). A ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm and the difficulties of confirming syphilis. Forensic Science, Medicine & Pathology, 19, 215-220. doi: 10.1007/s12024-023-00582-w

Cheung, J., Nordmeier, K., Kelland, S., Harrington, M., Williman, J., Storer, M., Beaglehole, B., Beckert, L., Chambers, S. T., Epton, M. J., Freeman, J., Murdoch, D. R., Werno, A. M., & Maze, M. J. (2023). Symptom persistence and recovery among COVID-19 survivors during a limited outbreak in Canterbury, New Zealand: A prospective cohort study. Internal Medicine Journal, 53, 37-45. doi: 10.1111/imj.15930

Huang, Q. S., Wood, T., Jelley, L., Jennings, T., Jefferies, S., Daniells, K., Nesdale, A., Dowell, T., Turner, N., Campbell-Stokes, P., Balm, M., Dobinson, H. C., … Baker, M. G., … Werno, A., Grant, J., van der Linden, A., … Webby, R. J. (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions on influenza and other respiratory viral infections in New Zealand. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1001. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21157-9

Gardiner, S. J., Metcalf, S. C. L., Werno, A., Doogue, M. P., Chambers, S. T., on behalf of the Canterbury District Health Board Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. (2020). A persuasive approach to antimicrobial stewardship in Christchurch hospitals produced a sustained decrease in intravenous clarithromycin dosing and expenditure via a switch to azithromycin orally. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1512), 22-30. Retrieved from

Murdoch, D., Addidle, M., Andersson, H.-S., Arnold, B., Balm, M., Benschop, J., … Birch, M., … Brunton, C., … Chambers, S., … Dalton, S., … Everts, R., … Freeman, J., French, N., … Hudson, B., … Ikram, R., Jack, S., Kelly, M., Lamont, I., Maze, M. J., … Metcalf, S., … Murton, S., … Pink, R., Pithie, A., … Priest, P., Raymond, N., … Taylor, J., … Upton, A., Ussher, J., Werno, A., & Wiles, S. (2020). Politicians: Please work together to minimise the spread of COVID-19. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1511), 7-8. Retrieved from

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