A/Prof Christopher Blyth

University of Western Australia
Research Field: Infectious Disease

Existing and emerging infections pose an ever present threat. As demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, these infections have the capacity to profoundly shape our lives, our communities and the way we interact. 

He investigates ways to prevent and treat existing and emerging respiratory pathogens, particularly those seen in children. His research assesses the impact of available vaccines and schedules, engaging the community to optimise use of these vaccines, investigating novel immunisation approaches and ensuring research informs public policy through peak national committees.

A/Prof Blyth engages through regular print, radio and television media appearances, social media and targeted YouTube videos and providing infection prevention and treatment information in person directly to school, university, business and community audiences. He has also engaged with Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse populations to allay vaccine hesitations. 

A/Prof Blyth completed his PhD in 2016 at the University of Western Australia

He is Co-Director, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute and Associate Professor, Division of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, The University of Western Australia