Meet the research leader in vaccine trials
Associate Professor Helen Marshall MBBS MD MPH DCH, MPHAA
Associate Professor Helen Marshall is the leader of the Vaccine Trials Stream at the Children's Research Centre and is also Director of the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital. In addition she is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.
Associate Professor Helen Marshall is the recipient of the 2010 "Excellence in Research for the Public Good" Award, administered by the Department for Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology. This award recognises her outstanding research into vaccines that prevent death in young infants and her commitment to raising public awareness of immunisation programs in the local community.
Helen is currently trialling the effectiveness of a new vaccine for meningococcal B in adolescents and young adults, and is innovating an early protection strategy against whooping cough among infants younger than six weeks of age. In addition, she is evaluating the effectiveness of current public health measures such as school closures and home isolation to prevent the spread of swine flu. Helen is inspired by the potential to improve health at a population level and the ability to enhance the wellbeing of entire communities through public health interventions such as immunisation.