- 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
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.