Life through an epidemiological lens
About Professor Patricia Priest's research
Following training in Public Health Medicine, Trish’s doctorate assessed the relationship between antibiotic prescribing and resistance in the community. Subsequently she has worked in collaborative multidisciplinary research teams on a range of areas within Public Health Epidemiology.
Her research mainly aims to increase understanding of the transmission, prevention, and control of infectious diseases in the community. This has included assessing Public Health interventions such as hand sanitiser in primary schools, border screening for influenza, vitamin D supplementation for respiratory infections, chemoprophylaxis for leprosy, and household water filters in the Pacific.
Other research aims to better understand bacterial carriage and transmission and identify modifiable risk factors for infection, for example multi-resistant organisms causing urinary tract infections, and Legionnaires’ Disease.
Trish is a previous Training Programme Director for the NZ College of Public Health Medicine and has been contributing epidemiology advice to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response, currently as Chief Clinical Advisor, Epidemiology in the COVID-19 Health System Response Directorate.
This lecture will be followed with light refreshments, tea, coffee & juice.