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Professor Freya J.I. Fowkes

Deputy Program Director, Maternal and Child Health

Background

An NHMRC Fellow, Professor Freya Fowkes is Deputy Program Director, Maternal and Child Health, and Head, Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Burnet Institute.

Professor Fowkes completed her doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and post-doctoral training at New York University and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Her research program spans basic science, epidemiology, statistics and mathematical modelling and focuses on malaria in high risk populations, antimalarial drug resistance and malaria elimination.

She is involved in several multinational studies of drug resistance and malaria elimination and works with international partners, including WHO and National Malaria Control Programs, to translate findings into relevant malaria control, elimination and surveillance strategies.

Appointments

  • 2019 – NHMRC Career Development Fellow
  • 2017: Deputy Program Director, Maternal and Child Health, Burnet Institute (acting Director, 2018)
  • 2018 - Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2016 - Associate Professor, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • 2014 - 2018: ARC Future Fellow
  • 2012 - 2017: Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2012 - 2017: Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2011: Head of Malaria and Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
  • 2010 - 2013: NHMRC Public Health Training Fellow
  • 2010 - 2015: Honorary fellow, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2007-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Infection and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Victoria, Australia
  • 2007: Research Associate, Public Health Sciences Department, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2004-2007: Research Assistant, Malaria Epidemiology Group, Department of Medical Parasitology, New York University School of Medicine, USA
  • 2002-2003: Research Assistant, Malaria Epidemiology Group, Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2001: Research Assistant, Public Health Sciences Department, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Qualifications

  • 2007: DPhil, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2002: MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • 2001: BSc (Hons), University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Awards

  • 2018: Frank Fenner Award for Medical Research, Burnet Institute
  • 2017: Crofts Publication Award
  • 2016: ARC Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science
  • 2014: Gust-McKenzie Medal for Medical Research, Burnet Institute

Projects (31)

Current (21)

  • Collaborative Community Checklists for Immunisation (CCCI)

  • Developing vaccines against malaria

  • Development of a point-of-care test for neonatal sepsis

  • Discovering the mechanisms and targets of immunity against malaria

  • Evaluating a highly sensitive rapid malaria diagnostic in PNG

  • Evaluation of Malaria Case-Based Reporting using a mobile phone application in Myanmar

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • HMHB - Health Services for Postnatal and Infancy Care

  • HMHB: The impact of nutrition, malaria and STIs on pregnant women and infants

  • Host and parasite factors that predict Artemisinin Resistance reservoirs

  • Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy

  • Immunity, drug efficacy and spread of antimalarial drug resistance

  • Impact of declining transmission on immunity and risk of malaria rebound

  • Improved point-of-care test to eliminate congenital syphilis

  • IMSA: Improving SRH knowledge among young people in Magwey, Myanmar

  • Iron deficiency anaemia and adverse birth outcomes in a malaria-endemic region of Papua New Guinea

  • Non-communicable diseases in adolescents in Indonesia

  • Optimal community-delivered malaria elimination models for the Greater Mekong Sub-region

  • Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

  • The Mbereko + Men Model: Rural Zimbabwe

  • Vaccines against Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum malaria

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