About

Professor John McBride is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cairns Hospital clinical school. Originally from Adelaide, he has been in north Queensland since 1993.

John has major interests in the Tropical Infectious Diseases of north Queensland and the Western Pacific. After training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Adelaide he completed a PhD on dengue fever in Townsville before moving to Cairns.

Other areas of interest include HIV in PNG and the role of male circumcision in its prevention, rickettsial infections, Leptospirosis, thermal scanning for fever, fever surveillance and the hunt for new pathogens.

Teaching
  • 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)
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Publications

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Current Funding

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Menzies School of Health Research - 2019/2020 Hot North Pilot and Translation Projects

Portable genome sequencing as a point-of-care diagnostic test in remote tropical Australia.

Indicative Funding
$36,159
Summary
Respiratory disease, fevers, and sepsis are common in tropical northern Australia, and treatment often requires admission to hospital. We will trial new portable genome sequencing technology as a point-of-care diagnostic test for fever, sepsis, and pneumonia at Thursday Island Hospital in Far North Queensland. We will test the hypothesis that this new approach will increase the proportion of infections that are diagnosed and reduce the time it takes to achieve a diagnosis. Throughout the course of this project, clinical staff and health workers will have the opportunity to be trained in specimen preparation, genome sequencing, and data interpretation.
Investigators
Cadhla Firth, John McBride, Joshua Hanson, Matt Field and Anthony Brown in collaboration with Simon Smith (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District and Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Infectious Diseases; Diagnostics; Respiratory Health

National Health & Medical Research Council - Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme

Improving Health outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration (HOT NORTH)

Indicative Funding
$149,384 over 4 years (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
Enduring challenges in the tropical north of Australia re to: improve the health of Indigenous populations; support, grow and retain healthcare professionals and scientists; and optimise surveillance, communication and research translation. Building on >25 years of research leadership and service delivery in northern Australia, 'Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North' will strengthen partnerships with key research institutions across the NT, Qld, WA, NSW, Vic and SA, by undertaking an integrated research agenda that will help close the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage, protect the north from emerging infectious threats and engage regional neighbours.
Investigators
Bart Currie, Jonathan Carapetis, Nicholas Anstey, John McBride, Anne Chang, Gail Garvey, Louise Maple-Brown, Tania Sorrell, Cameron Simmons and Stephen Graham in collaboration with Alex Brown, Anna Ralph, Cheryl Jones, Christopher Blyth, James McCarthy, Joshua Hanson, Richard Price, Robyn McDermott, Scott Ritchie and Steven Tong (Menzies School of Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute, College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, The University of Western Australia, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Cairns Base Hospital, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
skin health; chronic diseases; Respiratory Diseases; Emerging Diseases; antimicrobial resistance; vector-borne

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Award

Investigation of potential environmental reservoirs of Mycobacterium ulcerans in North Queensland

Indicative Funding
$10,100 over 4 years
Summary
This project aims to investigate the existence of potential reservoirs of M. ulcerans in North Queensland. A clear understanding of these reservoirs will help in determining the mode of transmission of M. ulcerans and hence in controlling current and future epidemics.
Investigators
Avishek Singh, John McBride and Brenda Govan (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Mycobacterium Ulcerans; Reservoir; North Queensland; Environmental

Sanofi Pasteur - Contract Research

Efficacy, Immunogenicity, and Safety Study of Clostridium difficile Toxoid Vaccine in Subjects at Risk for C. difficile Infection

Indicative Funding
$578,450 over 5 years
Summary
Clostridium difficile is a bacterial infection that can cause severe diarrhoea in people who have been exposed to the hospital environment and antibiotics. The bacteria produces a toxin, which is responsible for the clinical symptoms. Antibodies, induced by vaccination, may prevent the disease which is now amongst the leading cause of gastroenteritis in developed countries. This trial, which will enrolled 15,000 patients from around the world will measure the rate of clinical episodes of diarrhoea due to Clostridium difficile in people who have been vaccinated versus those who have received a placebo.
Investigators
John McBride and Nichola Davis in collaboration with Sue Richmond (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Queensland Health)
Keywords
Clostridium difficile; Vaccine; Clinical Trial
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Integration of medical circumcision within re-established manhood rites for HIV prevention in Yangoru-Saussia, Papua New Guinea (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Survey of Dengue Fever Vectors and its Serotype Viruses in Solomon Islands (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Effectiveness of School-based Leprosy Screening and Education Programmes on Increasing the Early Detection of Leprosy in Timor-Leste’s Oecusse Enclave. (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Assessing Severe Obstetric Morbidity in Resource Poor and Developed World Setting (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Using systems analysis to evalute the impact of task shifting in health care (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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