Member Contact: Andrea Fischer
Position: Executive Officer
Industry: Academic Research Organisation
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity is a world-class institute combining research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services, diagnostic services and clinical care into infectious diseases and immunity. It is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Doherty Institute is made up of 7 organisations: Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory of The University of Melbourne. The Institute is led by the Director, Professor Sharon Lewin
The Doherty Institute has a major focus on diseases that pose serious public and global health threats such as HIV, viral hepatitis, influenza, tuberculosis, Ebola Virus Disease (or Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers) and drug resistant bacteria and hospital associated infections. The Doherty’s activities are multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral, placing emphasis on translational research and improving clinical outcomes. Teams of scientists, clinicians and epidemiologists collaborate on a wide spectrum of activities - from basic immunology and discovery research, to the development of new vaccines and new preventative and treatment methods, to surveillance and investigation of disease outbreaks.