Clinical research staff
- Head of Clinical Research - Professor Robert Booy MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD, FRACP, FRCPCH
- Medical Manager - Vaccine Trials - Dr Leon Heron MBChB, FRCPA, FAFPHM
- Clinical Research Fellow - Dr Jane Ho BMed, DCH, MPH
- Clinical Research Fellow - Dr Jean Li-Kim-Moy MBBS (Hons), Dip Paed, FRACP
- Clinical Research Fellow - Dr Clark Maul JP LLB MBBS
- Epidemiologist - Harunor Rashid MBBS, DCH, MD
- NHMRC Clinical Research Fellow - Dr Iman Ridda MBBS, BHSc, MPH, PHD
- Research Nurse - Ms Elizabeth Hayles RN
- Research Nurse - Ms Rosemary Joyce RN
- Research Nurse - Ms Laura Rost RN
- Research Nurse - Carol Shineberg RN
- Research Nurse - Ms Pamela Cheung RN
- Research Nurse - Ms Elizabeth Clarke RN, CM
- Research Nurse - Ms Helen Knight RN, MN
- Research Nurse - Lisa Chalmers RN, BAppSci
Robert Booy is Head of Clinical Research at NCIRS where he joined in March, 2005. He is a medical graduate of the University of Queensland (1984), trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, and has held a range of positions in the UK.
Professor Booy has interests in influenza, varicella, HPV, Hib, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease. His research interests extend from understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to, and severity of, infectious diseases, especially influenza and invasive disease caused by encapsulated organisms; the clinical, public health, social and economic burden of these diseases; and means by which to prevent or control serious infections through vaccines, drugs and non-pharmaceutical measures.
Leon Heron joined NCIRS in November 2006 to manage clinical research undertaken at NCIRS. He is a medical graduate of the University of Otago, New Zealand (1979) and trained in Medical Microbiology (FRCPA, 1992) and Public Health (FAFPHM, 2002).
Dr Jane Ho is an advanced trainee in Paediatrics. She is interested in public health. Her main research is the Pertussis Vaccine at Birth trial but she is also interested in maternal attitudes and behaviours towards influenza vaccination in pregnancy and pertussis vaccination. Jane is involved in other clinical trials, including dengue fever vaccine, and paediatric influenza vaccine.
Dr Jean Li-Kim-Moy joined NCIRS in February 2011. He completed his medical training at the University of Sydney (2000), He was awarded a Diploma of Paediatrics (2004) from the University of NSW and subsequently has completed his paediatric training (FRACP, 2010). He has worked extensively at Sydney Children’s Hospital within both subspecialty and general paediatrics. He works as a General Paediatrician in a busy suburban practice as well as a Clinical Research Fellow at NCIRS. His current interests are in influenza vaccine efficacy and safety in young children.
Clark joins NCIRS from Perth, where he worked as a junior medical officer in paediatric emergency and neonatal intensive care; having graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Clark also has a background as a lawyer and practiced in commercial law in Western Australia for several years before studying medicine.
Harunor Rashid has joined NCIRS in June 2011 as an epidemiologist to work with the clinical research team. He received paediatric training in Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UK ultimately receiving, in 2009, Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London for the thesis entitled, "Epidemiology of respiratory infections associated with Hajj pilgrimage" under the supervision of Prof Robert Booy. He is particularly interested in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable infections among travellers.
Dr Iman Ridda joined NCIRS in April 2004, after completing her medical degree she completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Sydney. Her PhD studies focused on pneumococcal vaccine and barriers to vaccination in geriatric patients. Dr Ridda is an NHMRC Clinical Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW. She has significant experience in the area of clinical trials and currently holds a part time position as an immunisation research coordinator and manages clinical trials at NCIRS.
Elizabeth Hayles is a registered nurse and midwife with a Masters in International Public Health (Hons). She has worked clinically in paediatrics here at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and has been involved in Immunisation research since 2010. Currently, she is working as a clinical trials nurse investigating maternal vaccines. Elizabeth is also a PhD candidate through the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, and is currently researching perinatal pertussis vaccination.
Rosemary Joyce is a registered nurse and midwife with postgraduate certification in immunisation and neonatal intensive care and has also worked as a Rehabilitation Consultant Case Manager. She joined NCIRS in 2006 and is working as a clinical trials nurse investigating both paediatric and adult vaccines. Rosemary is currently working on studies investigating the pertussis vaccine, combination 12-month HibMenC and influenza vaccines.
Laura Rost is a registered nurse having worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 25 years within the Grace Centre for Newborn Care (Neonatal ICU – senior nurse). She has also taught Certificate 3 (Assistants in Nursing) for the last two years at TAFE and facilitated 2nd year students at the Foundation of Childrens Nursing at UTS. She transferred to NCIRS to work on the burden of flu trial in children less than 5 years of age admitted to the Children's Hospital and is now working on various clinical trials.
Pamela Cheung is a registered nurse who completed her training in London. She has worked at Westmead Hospital and at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 22 years, mainly in the burns and trauma intensive care unit. She joined NCIRS in March 2007 and is working on various clinical and vaccine trials as a Research Nurse.
Elizabeth Clarke is a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in occupational health and safety and immunisation. She has been involved in vaccine trials since 2004. Currently she is working with the clinical research team on a number of vaccine trials being run from the NCIRS centre.
Helen has an extensive nursing background both in Australia and Overseas. She has worked as a cardiac nurse consultant in 2009 and was strongly focused on quality improvement projects. Helen has presented her projects in "Health care for kids" conference and "NSW health award" in 2008 and 2009. Helen has received two awards in "NSW Health Awards” and two Children's Hospital at Westmead Quaks awards for her achievements in 2009 and 2010. Helen joined NCIRS in 2011 and currently is coordinating various clinical trial studies.
Carol Shineberg is a registered nurse who, after many years of nursing in an emergency department, commenced with the school vaccination programme in 2004. Her interest in vaccine trials also began at this time. She joined NCIRS in June 2006 and has worked primarily on influenza trials.
Lisa is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in neonatal critical care and immunisation. Lisa is currently working towards her Master in Public Health in Tropical Medicine. She joined NCIRS in April 2010 as a research nurse after working in various nursing positions both in Australia and abroad, including Singapore, Ireland and Fiji. Lisa is working on various clinical and vaccine trials at NCIRS.