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.

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Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Contract Research

Can portable genome sequencing provide a rapid, comprehensive, point-of-care diagnostic test for Far North Queensland hospitals and healthcare centres?

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$49,987 over 2 years
Respiratory disease, fevers, and sepsis are common in FNQ and treatment often requires admission to hospital. These infections have many different causes, and diagnosing them requires multiple tests that take weeks to perform. Consequently, patients are treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics before a pathogen is identified, leading to poorer outcomes for the patient and contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. We will trial new genome sequencing technology as a point-of-care diagnostic test for fever, sepsis, and pneumonia at Cairns Hospital, and test the hypothesis that this approach will increase the proportion of infections that are diagnosed and reduce the time-to-diagnosis.
John McBride, Cadhla Firth, Simon Smith, Joshua Hanson, Matt Field, Emma McBryde, John Miles, Damon Eisen and Christopher Heather (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Queensland Health)
Genomics; Healthcare; pathogens

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

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

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$149,384 over 4 years (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
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.
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, University of Melbourne, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, University of Western Australia, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Cairns Base Hospital, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
skin health; chronic diseases; Respiratory Diseases; Emerging Diseases; antimicrobial resistance; vector-borne

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  • Survey of Dengue Fever Vectors and its Serotype Viruses in Solomon Islands (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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