PROF Beverley-Ann Biggs

PROF Beverley-Ann Biggs


  • Climate change
  • Control of anaemia and hookworm in women and children
  • Infectious diseases, especially clinical parasitology
  • Nutrition
  • Refugee and immigrant health



  • Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs leads a group of clinicians and researchers with interests in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and immigrant health. International health activities are based in the Mekong countries and have focused on; the introduction, evaluation and expanded use of new and under utilised vaccines; strengthening the capacity for research and control of malaria and parasitic infections; the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and helminth infections in women and young children, and integrated approaches for improved child growth and development. Refugee health projects have investigated the burden of undiagnosed infections and nutritional deficiencies in immigrants and refugees. The Group is also active in Guideline and Policy Development through collaborations with the World Health Organisation, the Department of Health, Victoria and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases.   


Member of

  • WHO Guideline Development Group – deworming, Geneva. Panel Member 2016 -
  • WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition, Geneva. Panel Member 2013 -
  • BioGrid Scientific Advisory Committee, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Committee Member 2012 -
  • Scholarly Selective Working Group, University of Melbourne. Panel Member 2010 -
  • Refugee Health Network of Australia. Committee Member 2009 -
  • Victorian Refugee Health Network. Committee Member 2007 -
  • WHO recommendations on antenatal care Panel, Geneva. Panel Member 2015
  • WHO Guideline Development Group - Optimal blood folate concentrations in women of reproductive age for prevention of neural tube defects, Geneva. Panel Member 2014
  • Refugee Health Ministerial Advisory Group, Department of Health, Victoria. Panel Member 2012 - 2013


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Education and training

  • MB, University of Melbourne
  • BS, University of Melbourne
  • PhD, University of Melbourne

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 2004
  • Unknown, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2004
  • Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases 1993, Glaxo, 2001
  • Postgraduate Medical Scholarship 1987, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2001
  • Beecham Research Award 1986, Australian Society for Infectious Diseases, 2001


Available for supervision

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