PDI-MCGH Forum June

All I Need is the Air I Breathe: Pneumonia best practice

12.30-1.30pm Monday 7 June 2021

Pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide, accounting for 15% of all deaths of children under five years old. Its effects are widespread, but is most prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Children can be protected from pneumonia, it can be prevented with simple interventions, and treated with low-cost, low-tech medication and care. In this forum, researchers will discuss the latest in best practices in pneumonia research, including the findings from a recent MCRI-led review of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and pneumonia in children for the WHO, efforts to improve the chest x-ray diagnosis of pneumonia, and the interplay between malnutrition and pneumonia.


Dr Hamish Graham is a Clinician-Scientist in MCRI’s International Child Health group, paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and University College Hospital Ibadan (Nigeria), and senior research fellow at the Centre for International Child Health (University of Melbourne)

Dr Nick Fancourt is a Darwin based paediatrician, Research Fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research, and Honorary Research Fellow at MCRI. His work is focused on pneumonia and communicable disease control in Timor-Leste

Dr Claire von Mollendorf is a medical epidemiologist and senior research officer in MCRI’s New Vaccines and Asia-Pacific groups, and an Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne


Prof. Kim Mulholland is Professorial Fellow and Group Leader of New Vaccines at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, Australia and Professor of Child Health and Vaccinology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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