Infectious Disease, Immunity & Inflammation


Infectious diseases and diseases that compromise the immune system or cause inflammation are one of the greatest medical challenges of our time. While there have been great advances in combatting blood-borne viruses such as HIV and viral hepatitis, these diseases are increasing worldwide and affect people of all ages, genders and socio-economic groups.

UNSW Medicine has an international reputation for making a significant global contribution to some of the world’s most difficult health challenges in the area of infection, immunity and inflammation.

We study every aspect of these diseases, from their biological basis through to clinical trials of antimicrobials and anti-inflammatory agents, epidemiological studies and population health research.

Our research into this theme falls within six priority areas:-

  • Treatment and prevention of infections through microbial diagnosis, treatment and infection control
  • Maximising vaccine coverage for prevention of infections
  • Identifying emerging pathogens and preventing epidemics
  • Streamlining diagnosis and treatment of primary and secondary immunodeficiencies
  • Optimising diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
  • Optimising diagnosis, prevention and treatment of allergic conditions.