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Dr Ruth B Thornton

Dr Ruth B Thornton is a post-doctoral researcher in the Vaccine Trials Group and a BrightSpark Foundation Fellow at the University of Western Australia . She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology at Murdoch University where she completed her honours in mucosal immunology to nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae. Following this, she worked with the Vaccine Trials Group for 2 years as a Research Assistant before undertaking her Doctorate in Bacterial biofilm and intracellular infection and its role in the pathogenesis of OM. She was awarded her PhD in 2011 and remains with the group heading up investigations into the role of bacterial biofilm and intracellular infection in chronic and recurrent respiratory infections. Since completion of her studies she has been awarded several research grants including state and charity funding to establish a clinical trial testing a novel therapeutic agent targeting the bacterial persistence mechanisms in children undergoing grommet surgery for OM. Her research interests lie in understanding host microbial interactions in OM and lung diseases with a specific focus on biofilm and intracellular persistence of respiratory pathogens. Her work is aimed at identifying new targets for improved treatments and disease prevention. (AI)

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The BIGDATA team meeting at the CRE launch in April 2015. The team is lead by Allen Cheng and Jemima Beisbarth and will be bringing data together...

The Indigenous Reference and Capacity Building group is chaired by Kelvin Kong. The group is intended to provide high level strategic advice to...

With membership from all over the Country, researchers involved in the CRE Meet at Menzies in Darwin for the launch in April 2015.

A clinical and technical advisory group (TAG) has been formed to update the Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of...

Sandra currently works with the NT Department of Health with in Top End West as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner coordinator. Her role involves...

Dr Jeffries-Stokes is a Paediatrician who has been working in clinical practice and research in the Goldfields of Western Australia for more than...

Glenn Pearson, a Noongar from Western Australia and father of five, is the Manager Aboriginal Health Research which includes managing the Kulunga...

Professor Peter Morris is a leading researcher in Indigenous ear health who has primary or senior authorship of many RCTs and is...

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle. He completed his Bachelor of...

Professor Jennifer Reath is the Foundation Peter Brennan Chair of the Department of General Practice at the University of Western...

Professor Sven Silburn is a national leader in clinical, epidemiological and evaluative research in child development and...

Dr Robyn Marsh is a NHMRC postdoctoral fellow at Menzies. She undertook her PhD on nasopharyngeal colonisation and has generated...

Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan is Head of the Child Health Laboratory Group at Menzies, which has a major focus on...

Professor Allen Cheng is an ID clinician and epidemiologist, with a NHMRC CDF. He has considerable expertise in statistical...

Ms Heather D’Antoine is Associate Director for Aboriginal Programs at Menzies School of Health Research. Heather has 25 years of...

Professor Anne Chang is an established leading researcher with international recognition in cough, bronchiectasis and evidence...

Professor Kim Mulholland is an Australian paediatrician with subspecialty training in immunology, respiratory medicine and...

Professor Paul Torzillo is a Senior Respiratory Physician and Intensive Care Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in...

Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann is a medical practitioner and epidemiologist with particular expertise in acute respiratory...

Professor Ngiare Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. Prof Brown was the foundation chief executive officer...

is a Staff Specialist General Paediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead). His clinical interests include working with...

will have overall responsibility for the conduct of the CRE activities in WA with CI Lehmann. He has actively participated in the development of...

Professor Amanda Leach is leader of the Ear Health Research Program, Child Health Division at the Menzies School of Health Research. She won a...

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