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Associate Professor Benjamin Cowie

Associate Professor Benjamin Cowie

Associate Professor Benjamin Cowie

(03) 9342 9374 | [email protected]

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis
Emerging Infections, Hepatitis , Immunology
Clinical Research, Education & Professional Development, Epidemiology, Global Health, Indigenous Health, Public Health
The University of Melbourne, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS)
Lab Group(s):
Cowie Group

Associate Professor Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, with appointments in both the Epidemiology Unit at VIDRL and VIDS. In addition, Ben is a medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He serves on a range of communicable disease, clinical and public health committees at state, national and international levels.

  • Key Achievements
    • Since completing his PhD studies, Ben has built a broad research agenda in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on viral hepatitis. He has supervised a number of Masters and PhD students in this area and has been awarded several grants for both research and innovative program development in relation to viral hepatitis. Ben has been involved in the development of health public policy in relation to viral hepatitis in Australia and internationally, and in 2015 was named the inaugural Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Doherty Institute.

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    Research Groups
    • Cowie Group

      Ben’s group focuses on viral hepatitis epidemiological research. The team undertakes a broad range of activities supporting local, national and global control of viral hepatitis, through surveillance, treatment and prevention initiatives, and training and regional capacity building. 

      Lab Team

      Cowie Group

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