Burnet Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Steve Graham, who joins as Senior Principal Research Fellow with the primary task of strengthening Burnet’s engagement in tuberculosis (TB) control activities.
Professor Graham is a paediatrician with more than 20 years of clinical and research experience in the field in a range of settings in the African and Asian-Pacific regions.
He is Professor of International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, honorary research fellow and international child health group leader for Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and a senior consultant in child lung health with the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease.
Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC said Professor Graham’s expertise would support the Institute’s work in settings such as Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Myanmar.
“Burnet is delighted to have Professor Steve Graham come on board,” Professor Crabb said.
“Steve is one of the most respected TB specialists in the world, with a particular expertise and focus on childhood TB.
“He is the World Health Organization’s go-to person in this area.
“Steve’s oversight, guidance and leadership is what we need to take us to the next level as an organisation focusing on tuberculosis.
“I think it says something about us that that he’s chosen to come here, but it really is Burnet that will gain from the decision he’s made.”
Professor Graham was Deputy Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Research Programme from 2001-7 and was awarded the Leverhulme Medal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for distinguished contribution to tropical medicine in 2007.
Since returning to Australia in 2008, he has supported research activities in a range of child health challenges in Indonesia, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, PNG and Fiji, as well as supporting TB control activities in Myanmar, The Philippines, Laos and China.
Professor Graham has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to numerous World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for child health and TB, including as lead author of the Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis (2013) and WHO Guidance for NTPs on the management of TB in children (2014).
His current research focus is implementation/operational research to address the current wide policy-practice gaps in TB control.
Professor Graham is a founding member and current chair of the Child TB subgroup of the Stop TB Partnership, a member of the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on TB, chair of the WHO WPRO Regional Taskforce on Child TB and a member of the Australian Government’s National TB Advisory Committee.