Christopher Blyth

Dr, MB BS(Hons) PhD W.Aust., DCH, FRACP, FRCPA

  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 1721 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
20062019
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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Christopher Blyth is a productive early-mid career researcher with the School of Medicine, University of Western Australia and NHMRC Career Development Fellow. He is Head of Department of the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Perth Children's Hospital, Clinical Microbiologist with PathWest Laboratory Medicine and Research Fellow with the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute. He has contributed to Infectious Diseases Research throughout his career developing skills in clinical epidemiology, paediatrics and microbiology.

Roles and responsibilities

Dr Blyth is an active member of a number of international and national committees and working groups. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of America and regularly reviews for several international Infectious Diseases journals.

He has received numerous invitations to deliver plenary sessions at international, national and local meetings including Interscience Conference on Antimicrobials Agents and Chemotherapy and International Congress of Chemotherapy 2015, IDWeek 2013 (meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America), International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection 2013 and World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Meeting 2007.

Funding overview

Dr Blyth is currently leading a productive research group focusing on influenza, pneumonia, vaccine safety and hospital surveillance for pediatric infections. He is chief investigator on current grants totalling >A$9 million including internationally and nationally competitive grants totalling >A$7 million (Gates Global Health Grant, NHMRC partnership and project grants and NHMRC fellowship). In addition, he is chief investigator on numerous commonwealth and state government funded projects.

Teaching overview

Dr Blyth is a significant contributor to paediatric teaching at UWA. In addition to bedside teaching and lecturers, he has provide significant paediatric input into the newly developed MD curriculum. He is also supervising junior doctors in training, two masters students and a PhD student.

Research

His current research focus include the epidemiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of childhood infection with particularly focus on influenza, upper and lower respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, respiratory co-infection, emerging viral pathogens and vaccine safety.

Previous positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Wesfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute

Specialist Paediatrician in Infectious Diseases
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia

Clinical Microbiologist PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital for
Women, Western Australia


Dr Blyth has been the clinical lead of the paediatric infectious diseaes service at Princess Margaret Hospital and a clinical microbiologist for PathWest Laboratory Medicine since returning to WA in 2010. In this role, he provides leadership to an expanding statewide service and frequently contributes to emerging infectious diseases issues affecting all Western Australian children.

Keywords

  • Paediatric infectious disease
  • Microbiology

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

Adjunctive protein synthesis inhibitor antibiotics for toxin suppression in Staphylococcus aureus infections: a systematic appraisal

Campbell, A. J., Dotel, R., Blyth, C. C., Davis, J. S., Tong, S. Y. C. & Bowen, A. C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 74, 1, p. 1-5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
Staphylococcus aureus
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Exotoxins
Infection
Western Australia
Gastroenteritis
Hospitalization
Cohort Studies
Rotavirus Vaccines

The impact of influenza infection on young children, their family and the health care system

the WAIVE Study Team, 1 Jan 2019, In : Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 13, 1, p. 18-27 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Family Health
Human Influenza
Delivery of Health Care
Infection
Absenteeism

Active surveillance of 2017 seasonal influenza vaccine safety: an observational cohort study of individuals aged 6 months and older in Australia

Pillsbury, A. J., Glover, C., Jacoby, P., Quinn, H. E., Fathima, P., Cashman, P., Leeb, A., Blyth, C. C., Gold, M. S., Snelling, T. & Macartney, K. K., 18 Oct 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 10, p. e023263 e023263.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Influenza Vaccines
Observational Studies
Cohort Studies
Safety
Inactivated Vaccines

A microbiome case-control study of recurrent acute otitis media identified potentially protective bacterial genera

Lappan, R., Imbrogno, K., Sikazwe, C., Anderson, D., Mok, D., Coates, H., Vijayasekaran, S., Bumbak, P., Blyth, C. C., Jamieson, S. E. & Peacock, C. S., 20 Feb 2018, In : BMC Microbiology. 18, 1, 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microbiota
Otitis Media
Middle Ear
Case-Control Studies
Nasopharynx