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  • Research Groups
    • Nicholson Group

      Suellen's group fulfills a dual mission of providing a technically first class, reliable diagnostic, reference and public health service to the healthcare system, and being an innovative, adaptable, forward-looking component of the scientific community and a valued collaborator in research projects, not just in Victoria, but nationally and in the region.

      Other work areas include: HIV


    Current Projects

    • Kiribati – confirmatory testing for Hepatitis B using dried blood spots

      This is an additional component of the Kiribati project. Suellen’s group is involved in the development and evaluation of a laboratory method for hepatitis B virus confirmation using dried blood spot (DBS) filter paper testing as an alternative method to venous blood collection. Matched DBS are being collected along with serum samples from 100 individuals. These are being analysed to determine if the DBS technology is a feasible method of sample collection in Kiribati.

    • Kiribati – improving access to care and treatment of Viral Hepatitis in Kiribati

      As a World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B Virus Suellen’s group along with the VIDRL Molecular Microbiology laboratory is involved in a collaborative project with Tungaru Central Hospital, the national referral hospital in Kiribati. Serum samples from HBsAg positive patients are collected and transported to VIDRL  for confirmatory laboratory testing for Hepatitis B and D viruses. From the enrolled patients, a treatment cohort will be established according to WHO criteria. The planned enrolment is 1,000 HBsAg positive patients. By identifying and initiating treatment for those with advanced disease this study will reduce the burden due to HBV infection in Kiribati.


    Lab Team

    Nicholson Group

    • Theo Karapanagiotidis
      Deputy scientist
    • Vicki Stambos
      WHO Measles/Rubella scientist
    • Bridget Fraser
      Bursary student
    • Kim Vo
      Bursary student
    • Rianne Brizuela
      Scientist
    • Josie Camilleri
      Scientist
    • Stavroula Corby
      Scientist
    • Celia Douros
      Scientist
    • Thomas Holgate
      Scientist
    • Di Karamalakis
      Scientist
    • Theodora Kaminis
      Scientist
    • Alma Redzic
      Scientist
    • Kate Sharma
      Scientist
    • Daniel Sijmons
      Scientist
    • Laura Stevens
      Scientist
    • Megan Triantafilou
      Scientist

    Clinical Research

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    Current projects

    • Hepatitis HIV

      A surveillance program for the detection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) resistance to tenofovir (TDF) in HIV-HBV co-infected patient

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    • Hepatitis

      Characterising Hepatitis B in northern Australia through Molecular epidemiology - longitudinal cohort study

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    • Hepatitis

      Liver Cancer Prevention: linking viral hepatitis diagnosis, treatment and outcomes

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    • Hepatitis HIV

      Long-term persistence of HIV in the liver and the clinical impact on HIV-HBV co-infection (CHHANEL)

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    • Hepatitis HIV

      Towards a Functional cure for HBV: exploiting lessons from HBV-HIV co-infection

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