• Project No 4519
  • Project Name Comprehensive molecular surveillance of Norovirus and Adenovirus in Australasia
  • Lead Organisation Melbourne Water
  • Research Lead UNSW Sydney
  • Main Researcher Jennifer Hoi Yin Lun
  • Completion Year 2018

National Research Priority: Customers

Project Description

Viruses are responsible for more than 50% of all health-care associated gastroenteritis. Of those, norovirus is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis and adenovirus which¬† can cause a wide range of clinical diseases. Molecular surveillance of these viruses is essential to identifying prevalent strains that link to epidemics. This is the first Australian study to assess population-level epidemiology of norovirus and adneovirus, highlighting the benefits of using both clinical and environmental samples for surveillance of viruses circulation within the population. A better understanding of the viral strains’ distribution enhances the development of successful vaccines.

PhD Thesis completed by Jennifer Hoi Yin Lun in August 2018.