Doctor Brendan Quinn

Research Fellow


For the last decade, Brendan has worked in the field of public health research on multidisciplinary projects focusing on licit and illicit drug use and related harms, justice health, and infectious diseases.

After completing a PhD in epidemiology through Monash University in 2013 that investigated the epidemiology of methamphetamine use in Melbourne and barriers and pathways to professional support for methamphetamine users, Brendan continues to work on multidisciplinary projects that further seek to understand methamphetamine use and optimal approaches to treating individuals who use the drug.

He is currently a co-investigator on a Colonial Foundation-funded project that is establishing Victoria’s largest methamphetamine-using cohort in metropolitan and regional areas (‘Vicmeth’), and is also co-investigator on a NHMRC-funded project that is investigating methamphetamine use and appropriate responses in Indigenous communities across the country.

In addition, as a 2016 Fulbright scholar, Brendan is currently undertaking a secondment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) until May, 2017, where he is working with a world-leading team that is working on identifying a suitable pharmacotherapy for treating methamphetamine dependence and withdrawal in the context of HIV infection and associated neurocognitive disorders.

In recent years, Brendan has also expanded the focus of his research to international health issues via roles on a number of diverse projects. For example, during late 2015, he spent around three months in the Solomon Islands coordinating a project that examined the use of alcohol and other substances among young people (15-24 years), and attitudes towards gender-based violence among this group.


  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service – Secretary, Expert Review Panel on donor policies relating to injecting drug use
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)


  • PhD, Monash University
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne


  • 2016: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Australian-American Fulbright Commission)
  • 2012: Endeavour Executive Award (Australian Government)
  • 2010: Miller Foundation Postgraduate Travel Fellowship Award (Burnet Institute)

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