Infectious Diseases Paediatrician & Immunisation expert
Professor Robert Booy is an Infectious Diseases Paediatrician and Professor at the University of Sydney in the fields of Paediatrics, Vaccinology, Epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is also the Chairman of the Immunisation Coalition and a Founder of Meningococcal Australia.
Prof Booy is a medical graduate with Honours from the University of Queensland (1984), who trained in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. From 1999 until 2005 he was Professor of Child Health at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London.
His research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of influenza, RSV, Hib, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease.
Prof Booy is recognised as an expert in the infectious diseases field, supervising many studies addressing the burden and prevention of serious infections affecting especially the brain (meningitis, encephalitis) or the respiratory system (pneumonia, bronchiolitis) in children and adults in the UK, Australia, the Middle East and Tanzania. He has a strong interest in the control of infectious diseases at Mass Gatherings such as Hajj where he has instigated important clinical trials with new or alternate vaccines, personal protective equipment and handwashing. He has supervised over 20 PhD students and is especially active at the nexus of teaching and research, mentoring young scientists to ongoing success.