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 - Jean Li-Kim-Moy MBBS (Hons), Dip Paed, FRACP
- Clinical Research Fellow - Alexa Dierig
- Epidemiologist - Harunor Rashid MBBS, DCH, MD
- Senior Research Officer - Dr Iman Ridda MBBS, BHSc, MPH, PHD
- Research Officer - Dr Kevin Jiehui Yin MBBS, MPH (Hons)
- 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 - 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.
Clinical Research Fellow
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.
Kevin Jiehui Yin is a medical doctor (MBBS 2006) and currently enrolled in a PhD (Med) on “Epidemiological and economic outcomes of health care interventions to control influenza in institutions” through the University of Sydney, supervised by Professor Robert Booy, Professor Glenn Salkeld and Professor Kathryn North. His PhD projects include two ARC Linkage grants, oseltamivir use in aged care facilities and influenza vaccination among young children. He was also awarded a Master of Public Health (Hons) in 2008 (USyd).
Profile to come.
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 on two studies, one funded by the Australian Research Council that examines the prevention and treatment of influenza in aged care facilities using the anti-viral drug oseltamivir, and the other a follow-up of a vaccine trial for hepatitis B.
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.