Christopher Blyth

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

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Christopher Blyth is a productive early-mid career researcher with the School of Medicine, University of Western Australia and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow. He is Head of Department of the Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Perth Children's Hospital, Clinical Microbiologist with PathWest Laboratory Medicine and Co-director of 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$20 million (Gates Global Health Grant, NIH RO1, 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.


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. To date, he has published >175 peer reviews publications. His research has led to significant changes in immunisation policy

Previous positions

Co-director, 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.

Research expertise keywords

  • Paediatric infectious disease
  • Microbiology


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