I graduated in Medicine at University of Melbourne then did a University of Melbourne MD; ‘Polymorphic Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface antigens: temporal patterns of infection, complex genotype analysis and intragenic recombination.’ This was supervised by two outstanding malaria researchers in Ross Coppel and Alan Saul.


In my roles as Director of Clinical Research at Townsville Hospital and Professor of Medicine at JCU, I will be a focal point for developing interactions between laboratory based and clinician researchers. This will build up clinical research leading to substantial opportunities for collaborations in discovery medicine.


My own research involves clinical and laboratory investigations on the role of aspirin in prevention of sepsis as well as interrogating possible treatment for vascular disease by manipulating the lectin complement pathway.

I am working to build a large relational patient outcomes data base using the information contained in Queensland Health data sets. This project is a priority objective of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. We are working towards including the five Hospital and Health Services of Northern Australia in this project.



  • MD5010: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5020: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5030: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • 1. Aspirin’s influence on infectious diseases; • Sepsis; treatment and prevention • The ANTISEPSIS study - AspiriN To Inhibit SEPSIS. ASPREE substudy, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. National Institutes of Ageing funded primary infection study of low dose aspirin in elderly patients. (19,000 randomised patients) CIA NH&MRC Project Grant awarded for 2013-2018 APP1041986 $391,879.56
  • • Effects of aspirin on biofilm formation
  • Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) biology and its contribution inflammatory condition pathogenesis. • Blocking MBL in ischaemia reperfusion injury models with the aim of restricting myocardial and brain tissue loss
  • Linkage of patient information to develop and relational patient outcome database [Queensland Disease and Treatment Assessment, QLData]
  • 2017 to 2022 - Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine,, Monash University (Melbourne)
  • 2004 to 2015 - Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2003 to 2015 - Staff Infectious Diseases Physician, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service,, Royal Melbourne Hospita
  • 2003 - Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine,, University of Queensland
  • 1996 to 2003 - Visiting Scientist., Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane)
  • 1996 to 2003 - Infectious Diseases Physician., Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • 1994 to 1995 - NH&MRC Medical Postgraduate Scholar,, Monash University (Melbourne)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2002 - Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases / Amgen Australia Medical Mycology Research – Travel Grant
  • 1994 - •Royal Australasian College of Physicians Advanced Trainees Scientific Award
  • 2013 - •Visiting Professor, Cytokines and Inflammation Unit Division of Infection and Epidemiology, Institut Pasteur, Paris
  • 2002 - Visiting Professor, Montefiore Medical Centre, New York City

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 39+ research outputs authored by Prof Damon Eisen from 2007 onwards.

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Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account

Tropikids Pilot Study: Longitudinal study of the social determinants of health and development of children in the tropics. TropiKids - an affiliate of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy

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TropiKids will study the health and well-being of mothers and fathers and the growth, development and health of their children. The information will inform public policy and service provision, and advance our knowledge of the social and biological determinants of health for Tropical North Queensland. The specific focus of this pilot study is to test the materials and recruitment method for the TropiKids Longitudinal study, and to investigate in a tropical environment the associations between maternal and paternal characteristics (including stress), birth outcomes, and infectious disease in the first year of life.
Kerrianne Watt, Linda Shields, Alan Baxter, Zoltan Sarnyai, Wendy Smyth, Damon Eisen and Brett McDermott (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Paediatrics; Social Determinants of Health; Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Risk Factors; Immunology

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  • Psychological Distress in Tertiary Tropical Hospital Inpatients - an epidemiological study (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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