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ASI Public Event | Online Fireside Chat | Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy



ASI Public Event | Online Fireside Chat | Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy


29 April 2021, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


1pm Sydney / Melbourne time




Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy

Prof. Julie Leask
Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery,
Faculty of Medicine and Health,
University of Sydney
Online profile

Julie Leask is professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and visiting professorial fellow at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.

Julie is a public health researcher who studies what people think, feel and do about vaccination. She leads a program of research focused on responding to vaccine hesitancy and refusal, and strengthening vaccination programs and policy. She holds a PhD (2003) and Master of Public Health (1998) from the University of Sydney. Prior to that, she trained as a nurse and midwife.

Julie is an advisor to the World Health Organization and overall winner of the 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.


Dr. Ashraful Haque
Lab Head, Haque Group,
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
The University of Melbourne
Online profile
Ashraful Haque currently leads his own research group at The University of Melbourne, and is also a News and Commentary Editor for the ASI journal Immunology & Cell Biology. In 2019 he co-presented the SBS TV series, Medicine or Myth, which is available on-demand here.

An expert in infectious diseases and how they evade our immune system controls, Ash completed his PhD on Salmonella pathogenesis in 2002 at Imperial College, London.  After a post-doctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he moved to Australia in 2005 to work on parasitic infections at QIMR in Brisbane.

He received his first NHMRC grant in 2010, and started a research group at QIMR Berghofer in 2012.  With funding from the NHMRC and ARC, he has studied host/parasite interactions in blood-stage malaria, and has a specific interest and expertise in single-cell genomics. 

Ash has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to T cell Immunology, including the ASMR QLD Senior Researcher Award in 2012, and the prestigious ASI Jacques Miller Award in 2017. 





ASI Online Fireside Chat | Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy

A free Q&A session, tailored to the family and friends of ASI members and the general public who simply want accurate answers.

It's confusing when there are so many mixed messages out there.

Come along to our Fireside Chats; a free Q&A session where you get your questions answered, based on science.

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Registrations close on April 27th 2021 at 23:59:00 AEST.  All registrants will be emailed the Zoom details on April 28th so keep an eye out for an email!

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