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Director of Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit

Helen Marshall

Associate Professor Helen Marshall

Professor Marshall is a medical clinician researcher with specialist training in paediatrics, vaccinology, and public health having completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Doctorate of Medicine, Master in Public Health and Diploma in Child Health at the University of Adelaide and completed the international Advanced Vaccinology Course at the Pasteur Merieux Institute, France. She holds the position Associate Professor in Vaccinology, School of Medicine and Deputy Director, Robinson Research Institute University of Adelaide and is the Medical Director of VIRTU, the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit, in the Discipline of Paediatrics at the Women's and Children's Hospital. She has been awarded two NHMRC Career Development Fellowships in 2010 and 2015. In recognition of her research leadership she was awarded the South Australia Science Award for Excellence in Research for the Public Good in 2010 and a national Public Health Association of Australia Fellowship in 2013.

Research Medical Officers

Susan Evans

Dr Susan Evans

Susan is a General Practitioner focussing on Women's Health. She has been a Research Medical Officer at VIRTU since 2005, when the HibMenCY study started, and has subsequently been a co-investigator for numerous clinical vaccine trials.

Suja Mary Mathew

Dr. Suja Mary Mathew, MBBS, MD, FRACP

Suja is a general paediatrician with 20+ years of experience working both overseas and in Adelaide, Australia. She has been a member of the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit since 2013 as a research team investigator, being involved in recruiting participants for various studies and conducting study procedures as per protocols, as well as in the analysis of data and in the preparation of manuscripts for publication. She also provides supervisor support to students and paediatric trainees who are involved in research projects in the unit.

Clinical Trials Coordinators

Michelle Clarke

Michelle Clarke
BAppSc(Med Lab) Grad Dip (STC) MPhil (Public Health)

Research Coordinator/Senior Medical Scientist

Michelle Clarke has been a research scientist with the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit since 1999 and has extensive experience in all aspect of clinical trial management from protocol development, preparation of Human Research Ethics applications, study recruitment, conduct, analysis and reporting. Michelle has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science and a Master of Philosophy in Public Health. Michelle has a keen interest in protecting children from infectious diseases and ensuring vaccine programs are safe and effective.

Chris Heath

Chris Heath CN

Chris joined VIRTU in 2002 after many years nursing experience at the WCH. Since joining the group she has developed her skills as a research nurse, co-ordinated a number of clinical trials and been involved in the preparation of numerous ethics submissions. Chris enjoys working with children and their families and has a keen interest in the promotion of vaccination and preventative health care.

Su-San Lee

Su-San Lee
BMPB, BSc (Hons)

Su-San joined VIRTU in 2004 as a study coordinator after completing a Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and honours in Bachelor of Science. Su-San has extensive knowledge in clinical trial coordination from Phase I - IV studies.

Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan
RN, MClinSc, Grad Dip Health Prom, PhD candidate

Mark joined VIRTU in 2014 as a Research Associate and Clinical Research Nurse. In June 2017 Mark commenced a PhD investigating Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) carriage in Australian adolescents.

Louise Goodchild

Louise Goodchild
RN/RM, Neonatal Nurse

Louise Goodchild is the Clinical Practice Consultant – Clinical Research in the Department of Neonatal Medicine. She joined the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit in 2014 as a Research Nurse to help co-ordinate the Maternal Vaccine Trials for pregnant women being undertaken in the unit. Louise has nearly twenty years' experience in Clinical Trials, these have included large International, Australian Multi – Centered and Women's and Children's Hospital initiated trials. Louise recently completed an Evidence Based Clinical Fellowship with The Joanna Briggs Institute.

Kathryn Riley

Kathryn Riley, BHlthSc, BA

Kathryn Riley joined the VIRTU team in 2015 as a research coordinator and has enjoyed developing her skills in research and the coordination of clinical trials. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Health Science and Arts, and is currently completing her Masters of Public Health. Kathryn has a keen interest in health promotion and how the translation of scientific research to policy can improve community engagement about immunisation and public health.

Bing Wang

Ms Bing Wang is a PhD candidate at the Adelaide Medical School. She is conducting a research project regarding the clinical and financial burden of invasive meningococcal disease under supervision of Professor Helen Marshall.

Ms Bing Wang holds a MPhil degree in Public Health from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor's degree in Medicine from the Capital University of Medical Sciences (Beijing, China). Ms Wang had worked in the clinical research area for more than ten years in GlaxoSmithKline (Beijing, China), PPD (Melbourne), CMAX (Adelaide) and CPR (Adelaide).

Mary Walker CN

Mary is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked for VIRTU since 2008 as a Research Nurse involved in recruitment, clinical appointments, data management and trials administration. Mary completed a Professional Certificate in Allergies, Accreditation Programme for Immunisation Providers, Post Graduate Certificate in Child Adolescent and Family Health Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Counselling.

Pip Rokkas

Pip Rokkas
RN, MPH, BA Geog. (Hons), PhD.

Pip joined the VIRTU team after completing her PhD at Flinders University. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.

Pips PhD research looked at Australian public health nurses’ lived experience of their roles in disasters.

Pip is a public health nurse with a background in communicable disease surveillance and immunisation. Pips passion is preventative health, specifically communicable disease control.

last modified: 11 Apr 2017