Michelle Clarke

Michelle Clarke

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Michelle Clarke.
My research interests include improving child health through prevention of infectious diseases. I strive to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases and evaluate strategies to protect infants and children and contribute to these goals through research and clinical trials conducted within our team at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Our expertise is in conducting clinical trials to evaluate new and existing vaccines. In addition, we aim to understand factors which may influence the effectiveness of vaccines, as well as the impact of vaccination on prevention of infection and or severe disease. We also aim to understand and explore barriers and facilitators to immunisation for pregnant women and children.

My research interests include improving child health through prevention of infectious diseases.  I strive to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases and evaluate strategies to protect infants and children and contribute to these goals through research and clinical trials conducted within our team at the Women's and Children's Hospital.  Our expertise is in conducting clinical trials to evaluate new and existing vaccines.  In addition, we aim to understand factors which may influence the effectiveness of vaccines, as well as the impact of vaccination on prevention of infection and or severe disease.  We also aim to understand and explore barriers and facilitators to immunisation for pregnant women and children.

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Affiiate senior lecturer, Paediatrics University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2017 Affiliate lecturer University of Adelaide
    1997 Medical Scientist Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Robinson Institute Travel grant Robinson Research Institute Australia $1000.00
    2016 Recognition Dean's commendation for thesis excellence
    2015 Award Best student poster presentation Robinson Research Institute Australia $400
    2015 Award Florey postgraduate poster prize University of Adelaide $500
    2015 Award School of Public Health prize $300
    2011 Award Top student prize for Epidemiology course (2011)
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1998 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Graduate Diploma (Science and Technology Commercialisation) University of Adelaide Australia
    Master of Philosophy (Public Health) University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

  • May 2019: RRI travel grant to support attendance at ESPID, Slovenia to deliver oral presentation. Awarded $1000.00
  • Jul 2018-Dec 2020: OptiWIN. Sanofi  investigator initiated studies grant. $100,000.
  • November 2015- Dec 2016:  Respiratory illnesses in pregnancy.  RRI seed funding.  Awarded $25,000.  Investigators: Clarke M, Coat S, Roberts C, Hague B, Mol B, Marshall H.
  • Jan 2014-Jun 2015: Does obesity in pregnancy impact on immune response to influenza vaccines? WCH foundation grant. 2013 Awarded $52,762, Investigators: H Marshall, S Lambert, M Clarke, I Barr, R Gent.
  • Jan 2014-Dec 2014: Incorporating young people’s views into priority setting for preventative health strategies to improve the health of adolescents. Channel 7 . 2013 Awarded $74,000. Investigators: H Marshall, A Braunack-Mayer, J Ratcliffe
  • Jul 2012-Jun 2014. Impact of pneumococcal vaccination on Invasive Pneumococcal Disease– Funding approved by Pfizer IIR program.  2012 Awarded $70,500. Investigators: H Marshall, M Clarke, T Tran.
  • Jul 2011-Jul 2012. Invasive Meningococcal Disease and Impact of Sequealae in South Australian children – Funding approved by Novartis.  2011 Awarded $53,600. Investigators: H Marshall, M Clarke, N Thomas.
  • Jun 2011 –Jun 2013.  Rotavirus Impact –  Official Title: An observational, cross-sectional, cohort study to assess the impact of the rotavirus vaccine introduction on severe gastroenteritis in South Australian children. Applied under Merck IISP, Proposal #38070.  2011 Awarded $97,254. Investigators: H Marshall, M Clarke M Gold, G Davidson.
  • Health sciences tutorials (Vaccines and Infectious Diseases) Faculty of Health Sciences (2019)
  • Clinical trials design and analysis lectures - honour series.  Faculty of Health Sciences (2016)
  • Experimental research design - health sciences research elective students (2014-2016)
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor frequency and aetiology of respiratory illnesses during pregnancy The University of Adelaide Honours Brianna Morello
    2016 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Uptake of vaccination during pregnancy The University of Adelaide Honours Hassen Mohammed
    2013 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Severity of influenza in children The University of Adelaide Honours Nerissa Lakhan
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  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Associations between body mass index (BMI) and vaccine responses following infleunza vaccination during pregnancy European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases University of Adelaide and Women's and Children's Health Network Slovenia

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