PROF Nigel Curtis

PROF Nigel Curtis


  • Infectious Diseases, Immunology, TB, Paediatrics



  • Professor Nigel Curtis is Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Melbourne and Head of Infectious Diseases at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. He is also Joint Leader of the Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Research Group in the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. 

    Nigel trained in Cambridge, London and Vancouver, and has also worked for short periods in The Gambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has a wide range of clinical and laboratory research interests focusing on the immune response to infectious diseases. Nigel's PhD project investigated the role of superantigens in the pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease. Current research projects include host-pathogen interactions in severe staphylococcal & streptococcal disease, DNA microarray-based studies of gene expression in acute rheumatic fever, studies of the immune response to BCG vaccine and the immunodiagnosis of tuberculosis. He is also leading a large randomised controlled trial of BCG immunisation of infants in Melbourne to investigate the non-specific effects of this vaccine including its ability to prevent allergic disease.



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Education and training

  • FRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2004
  • PhD, University of London 1998
  • DTM&H, University of London - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1990
  • DCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 1988
  • MA, University of Cambridge 1986
  • MBBS, University of London 1985
  • BA (hons), University of Cambridge 1982



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