Eleanor Neal, mentee in the 2018 MedTech-Pharma program in VIC (The University of Melbourne) Image: Albert Comper

Eleanor is a public health researcher, with a strong interest in vaccine preventable diseases and data analysis. Eleanor has experience in analysing data in collaboration with world leaders in clinical epidemiology and microbiology at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the University of Melbourne, the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Building upon the training she received in Infectious Diseases Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Eleanor led database design, management, and analysis of an empirical social contact and pneumococcal nasopharyngeal carriage study in Fiji.  This research showed that differences in social contact patterns partially account for observed differences in pneumococcal carriage prevalence between indigenous iTaukei and Fijians of Indian Descent, and will aid development of mathematical models for pneumococcal disease control.

Eleanor has collaborated with a leading developmental paediatrician to investigate the long term neurodevelopmental outcomes for high risk neonates in low and middle income countries.  Findings were able to identify risk factors, and inform efforts to strengthen quality of care and models of follow up for high-risk neonates in low-resource settings. Most recently, Eleanor has curated a database for a blinded, randomised, placebo-controlled trial for prevention of young infant infections using azithromycin in labour in Fiji. In addition to data management and analysis, Eleanor has successfully prepared and managed research grant budgets and reports, of a combined total of approximately AU $23,102,643 over the past 10 years.

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