What We Do
Staff within the Centre actively contribute to improving knowledge and understanding of viral hepatitis in both the scientific and public health domains through a number of forums. Centre staff publish in a wide range of scientific journals, produce reports for public health organisations and other stakeholders, and also participate in a wide range of WHO and other international meetings and workshops.
About Viral Hepatitis
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection by one of several viruses designated hepatitis A-E. Hepatitis A and E virus are transmitted through contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B, C and D virus are blood-borne viruses, and can also be transmitted from mother to child at the time of birth. Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause chronic infections, which may eventually lead to liver scarring (fibrosis and cirrhosis) and liver cancer.
Epidemiology is the study of determinants of disease across populations, and of ways to reduce the impact of these diseases on the health of the community. Epidemiological research is central to the Doherty Institute’s and the Centre’s role.
The reference laboratory consists of the Hepatitis Diagnostic Laboratory, Hepatitis Serology Laboratory and the Hepatitis Virus Characterisation Laboratory. The aim of the Reference Laboratory is to provide comprehensive diagnostic services and research.
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