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Professor Bart Currie holds vast responsibility in the many roles he carries out as Director of RHDAustralia; infectious diseases and public health physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital; and Team Leader of the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team within the Global and Tropical Health Division. He also works as a Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program at Flinders University, Adjunct Professional Fellow at Charles Darwin University and Adjunct Professor in the College of Public Health at James Cook University.
Prior to commencing his current positions, Professor Currie was head of the Biomedical Program of the former Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Aboriginal and Topical Health and a program leader of the Biomedical Program of the subsequent CRC for Aboriginal Health. His research has been focussed on improving and preventing specific illnesses through a greater understanding of underlying diseases and he has been involved in coordinating links between clinicians, public health workers and other service providers, laboratory scientists and community. His research interests include clinical and epidemiological aspects of tropical and emerging infections, the development of treatment guidelines and clinical toxicology.
Professor Currie has received international attention for his work on the bacteria that cause the disease, melioidosis, which lives in soils and muddy water in the Northern Territory, the Kimberley region of WA, tropical North Queensland and South-East Asia. This area had received little interest outside of the Tropics, but gained international interest after Professor Currie’s research. He is now working with other scientists researching in the same area overseas, particularly in the United States.