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Research from the Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU)


Research projects

  • Developing an optimal strategy for the rheumatic fever endgame
  • Understanding Group A Streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis and skin infections as causes of rheumatic fever
  • Impact and distribution of infectious disease in New Zealand
  • Campylobacter epidemiology and impact
  • Risk factors for Rheumatic Fever (case-control study)
  • BLIS trial for rheumatic fever prevention (with Julian Crane)
  • Evaluation of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme (with ESR)
  • Coalition to Advance New Vaccines for Group A Streptococcus (CANVAS) (with Telethon Kids Institute and University of Auckland)
  • Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness, Research and Surveillance (SHIVERS) (with ESR)
  • Clioepidemiology of pandemic influenza: ongoing projects studying the experience of pandemic influenza in 1918.
  • Health effects of household crowding (with Housing and Health Research Programme)
  • Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER) (with University of NSW, Australia)

Student projects

  • Imported infectious diseases (PhD student tbc)
  • Towards Ecologically-Based Early Warning System for Arboviral Disease Transmission in New Zealand (Sherif Ammar)
  • Assessing the Potential Public Health Impacts of the Intensification of Dairy Farming in New Zealand (Leah Grout)
  • Evaluation of the NZ Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme (Hycenta Uwikunda)
  • Optimising the organisation of the public health function in NZ (Symraina Pandey)
  • Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection and Rheumatic Fever (Jane Oliver)
  • Epidemiology of Legionnaires Disease (Frances Graham)
  • Burden of influenza (Trang Khieu)
  • Effects of pre-hospital antibiotic treatment on meningococcal disease mortality (Amanda Kvalsvig)
  • Enteric disease and environmental conditions (Aparna Lau)
  • Risk factors for death in the 1918 influenza pandemic (Jennifer Summers)
  • Improving pandemic response capacity (Julia Scott)
  • Pertussis immunisation (Georgia Dean)
  • Causes of helicobacter infection (Andrea MacDonald)
  • Distribution of Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection (Sarah Jeffries)
  • Estimating mortality from influenza (Tara Kessaram)

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