2019 Club Melbourne Fellow

October 2019

It was tough competition this year for the Club Melbourne Fellowship with outstanding nominations from across a variety of sectors in Victoria. Dr Joseph Doyle, was successful in securing the Club Melbourne 2019 Fellowship. This fellowship aims to support leading mid-career researchers from Victoria with $10,000 to go towards attending international conferences as well as opportunities to connect with our Ambassadors and extended networks through events and social media activities.

Joseph is a specialist in infectious diseases and public health medicine. He leads a clinical and implementation research program across The Alfred, Monash and Burnet Institute aiming to improve treatment access and delivery of hepatitis C treatment. He is a leader of the Eliminate C Australia Partnership which aims to build capacity and support for HCV elimination across all jurisdictions nationally. He has been an advisor and consultant to the World Health Organisation on HIV and Viral Hepatitis, and has received research support as a chief investigator from National Health & Medical Research Council, WHO, philanthropic organisations and industry.

The fellowship funds will be supporting Joseph to attend the International AIDS Society Conference and the affiliated Hepatitis/HIV Coinfection Satellite Symposia in July 2020 at San Francisco. Attending the International AIDS Conference will allow him to pursue collaborations with key cities internationally that have fast track programs to eliminate blood borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis C.

Joseph will also be attending the International Collaboration for Hepatitis C Elimination among HIV Coinfection (InCHEHC) steering committee meeting which is taking place during the International AIDS Society conference.

The InCHEHC includes 17 cities worldwide, led by the Burnet Institute of which Joseph is a founding principle investigator and a member of the executive.

The steering committee meeting will be a gathering of all key international cohorts, along with technical leads in biostatistics, modelling, and virological research and a platform for Joseph to build research capacities in Melbourne and discuss opportunities to apply for competitive funding such as the NIH.

Funding from the Club Melbourne fellowship will also be used for costs of the Australian first data merge and statistical plan development to conduct multi-centre analyses in InCHEHC examining the impact of baseline hepatitis C resistance sequences on hepatitis C treatment outcomes, and the public health consequences of viral resistance.

We wish Joseph all the best in his travels and look forward to sharing further updates in the future of his journey as a Club Melbourne Fellow.

Doctor Joseph Doyle