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Infectious disease research focuses on investigating human, animal, and environmental infectious diseases in Aotearoa. We focus on the impact of infectious diseases and adverse environmental factors on population health. A big part of our work is included in the Co-Search: COVID-19 Research Collaborative and END Rheumatic Heart Disease workstreams. Other areas include influenza, campylobacteria and food safety, meningococcal diseases, enteric diseases, zoonoses, housing and crowding infectious diseases, skin and soft tissue infections.

We partner with a wide range of stakeholders, institutions and communities beyond Aotearoa to collaborate on infectious disease issues of global significance. The programme is led by Professor Michael Baker and Dr Amanda Kvalsvig.

Our people

Our projects

Co-Search: COVID-19 Research Collaborative
A research collaboration that aims to guide an effective and equitable pandemic response in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to learn how resilience and future responses can be improved.

Integrated prevention of infectious diseases and long-term conditions. The programme in funded by HRC and addresses the need for a more effective response to clustering of health problems in our populations.

END Rheumatic Heart Disease
A number of projects towards the goal of END Rheumatic Heart Disease

Planning for country-level elimination of meningococcal disease: Lessons from New Zealand's Covid-19 response

Student projects

  • Sharla McTavish (PhD) The impact of severe sepsis in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Jonathan Kennedy (PhD) Syndemics
  • William Leung (PhD) Rheumatic Fever Economics
  • Frances Graham (PhD) Legionellosis in New Zealand

Research impact

Publications and Reports

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