COVID-19 experts available for media inquiries
SCIENCE AND MATHS
- Professor Michael Wallach works in molecular parasitology, and is collaborating on vaccine development. He can speak about impacts after lockdown restrictions are lifted.
- Dr Lisa Sedger works with anti-virals and their importance ahead of the development of a vaccine.
- Dr Barbara Brito Rodriguez can comment on viral diseases that affect animals.
- A/Prof Brian Oliver can comment on new ways of treating respiratory diseases.
- Professor Dayong Jin is driving the efforts in developing new methods, device and reagents for COVID-19 molecular tests.
- Professor Phil Hansbro leads a team that is undertaking research into new COVID-19 treatments.
- Prof Claude Roux is a forensics intelligence expert and can address issues around the Dark Web and scams.
- Dr Manoranjan Mohanty is a digital forensics and cybersecurity specialist and can address issues around digital privacy protection.
- Professor Margaret Fry leads research on improving the quality and safety of nursing care and patient outcomes, with a special interest in older persons and emergency care.
- Associate Professor Sally Inglis can provide expert comment on the care of people with cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for telehealth and other digital health platforms to provide this care.
- Professor David Currow can comment on the need for palliative care and symptom management for patients who won’t survive COVID-19.
- Professor Meera Agar can comment on the planning of national palliative care strategies during COVID-19.
- Dr Abela Mahimbo is an expert in infectious diseases, and worked as a medical registrar in Tanzania. Dr Mahimbo’s research includes infectious disease prevention and control and health equity in refugee and migrant traveller population groups.
- Dr Rachael Murrihy is leading a telehealth coronavirus counselling service for community members affected by the pandemic, addressing mental health issues relating to anxiety, depression caused by COVID-19 issues especially for parents and carers of children and adolescents.
GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
- Professor Alan Morris can comment on housing issues, particularly for private renters and international students.
- Associate Professor Bligh Grant can comment on COVID-19 and federalism/intergovernmental relations, including fiscal reform, COVID-19 and local government, including financial impacts, and COVID-19 and political leadership.
ENGINEERING AND IT
- Dr Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani works in the fields of micro/nanotechnology, microfluidics, tissue engineering and biotechnology. He is currently working on several projects to introduce faster testing for COVID-19.
- Michael Blumenstein can comment on the use of technology (3D printing, robotics, manufacturing) in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
- Dr Alexey Voinov can comment on Spatio-Temporal Systems Modeling for Sustainability Science.
- Dr Babek Abedin is a specialist in Health analytics, social analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and digital transformation.
- Dr Robin Braun can address issues about telecommunication network capacity as more users are online due to increased work and recreation from home during social isolation.
- Xu Wang and Ren Ping Lou are available to discuss issues around data privacy and network security.
- Distinguished Professor Mary Anne Williams is Australia's leading social roboticist, and can comment on use of robots in hospitals to avoid transmission of bacteria.
- Herve Harvard can comment on rapid processing of ideas to product reality.
- Don Carter can comment on the role of teachers in moving to online lessons.
- Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn can offer broad comment on primary and secondary teacher education.
- Dr Damien Maher can comment on the use of digital technologies in both primary and secondary schools, cyberbullying, mobile technologies, connected classrooms.
- Dr Kirsty Young can comment on learning technologies: online social networking, eLearning, mobile learning, digital literacy, as well as special education: inclusive education, disability discrimination.
- Annie Agnew can comment on mobile technologies, technology in learning, STEM, literacy. Annie worked for Apple leading the Apple Distinguished Educator Program across Australia and New Zealand for several years.
- Dr John Buchanan can comment on sociology and social justice, intercultural education, studies of religion, literacy, Aboriginal education, local history.
- Professor Michelle Baddeley is a leading expert in behavioural economics and finance, specialising in social decision-making, behavioural macroeconomics, labour economics, and energy & the environment.
- Industry Professor Warren Hogan is an economist and financial markets strategist who has worked for major banks and government for the past 25 years.
- Dr Robyn Johns is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in the Management Discipline Group.
- Associate Professor Sarah Kaine is an expert in the transformation of employee relations in the digital/gig economy, the development and exercise of employee voice, and the formal and informal regulation of employment relations.
- Dr Thalia Anthony can comment on criminal law and procedure and Indigenous people and the law.
- Karena Viglianti can speak about how COVID-19 changes have impacted property law and policy, specifically laws affecting rentals and offers relating to changes to mortgages.
- Dr David Carter can comment on law and medical ethics; he can also speak about the legal and regulatory processes in the health system as well as legal ethics involving medical issues such as COVID-19 and patients’ rights.
BUILDING AND DESIGN
- Professor Heather MacDonald can speak to how COVID-19 has impacted renters and rental housing markets, and the challenges State governments face in implementing the eviction moratorium.
- Berto Pandolfo and Stefan Lie are looking at how 3D printing can address ventilator and face shield shortages, and can discuss the design elements, health requirements, and challenges facing manufacturers working to re-tool or rapidly ramp up production.
- Dr Gabriela Quintana Vigiola can discuss the potential effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations such as international students and migrants in overcrowded and precarious housing conditions. She can also speak about the potential effects of COVID-19 on people's attachment to place, both urban and home.
- Alana Clifton-Cunningham can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian fashion industry, which is almost entirely reliant on overseas supply chains, and how the crisis has the potential to reset local manufacturing in Australia.
- Professor Charles Rice can discuss how prolonged isolation at home might enable us to reimagine our relationship to our domestic environment.
- Professor Peter McNeil can speak about the potential impact and evolution of design and manufacturing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. He has researched the consumer response to scarcity and rationing when the supply chain collapsed during WWII.
- Martin Loosemore can speak broadly to how COVID-19 is impacting the construction industry, and why supporting vulnerable people through jobs in the construction industry must be an essential component to Australia's economic recovery plan.
- Professor Elizabeth Mossop can speak to the ways that cities can respond to and recover from the pandemic, such as investing in sustainable infrastructure, and a renewed focus on active transport.
- Shankar Sankaran can speak about how visualisation and simulation can help explain real risks to senior leaders in systemic or holistic ways (as demonstrated by Donald Trump’s recent change in position, which has been acknowledged was a result of convincing visual modelling).
- Dr Lindsay Asquith and Samantha Donnelly are assisting the Department of Communities and Justice’s Domestic Violence Strategy Team to proactively work with a range of key stakeholders to identify, monitor and respond to domestic violence issues in NSW communities as they deal with COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty.
- Deborah Ascher Barnstone can speak to the challenges of rapid construction and deployment and of existing Australian initiatives to design pop-up buildings for hospitals, COVID-19 testing centres, and other necessary emergency structures.
- Caroline Porto Valente can speak about how COVID-19 measures of strict social distancing and self-quarantine will put more pensioners at risk as winter approaches, pushing greater numbers of vulnerable households – especially age pensioners – into energy poverty.
- Dr Emily Brayshaw can speak about how COVID-19 may be impacting fashion and how we dress. She can also speak about crafting trends and activities that people undertake in isolation.
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