This website and associated videos was produced by Professor Robert Booy from the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The University of Sydney in conjunction with Blirt Marketing and Jenny Granger (marketing consultant). The Chain of Protection series of videos and the website have been made possible by an educational grant from Medicines Australia.
Professor Robert Booy is Head of Clinical Research at NCIRS. He is an Infectious Diseases Specialist and Paediatrician.
Professor Booy trained in paediatrics during the 1980s at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, and spent much of the 1990s doing epidemiological research on life threatening infectious diseases in the United Kingdom. This included 4 years in Oxford where he completed a doctorate on the epidemiology and prevention of Haemophilus influenzae type b disease.
In 1999 Professor Booy appointed Professor of Child Health, Head of Department, Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He returned to Australia in early 2005.
Professor Booy has conducted extensive research into serious infections and their prevention with over 150 scientific publications to his credit.
He is on the Scientific Influenza Advisory Group (SIAG) for the Office of Health Protection, Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and the Chief Medical Officer’s Vaccine Advisory Group (VAG) for the Office of Health Protection, DoHA. He is also a member of the Paediatric Scientific Program Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) and the ISG Public Affairs & Advisory Committee, the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (COMO), the Scientific Advisory Committee (sub-committee of the CHW Human Research Ethics Committee) and the NCIRS Scientific Advisory Committee.