Associate Professor Bridget Barber
Head of Clinical Research, Clinical Tropical Medicine
Associate Professor Bridget Barber is Head of Clinical Research in the Clinical Tropical Medicine Group at QIMR Berghofer, Principal Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, and an infectious diseases physician at Ipswich Hospital.
She completed her infectious diseases training in 2010, and during 2010 – 2013 undertook a PhD (through Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research) which involved establishing a clinical research site in Sabah, Malaysia, and leading a large prospective study of the comparative clinical and epidemiological features of patients with knowlesi, falciparum and vivax malaria.
In 2015 she was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to continue her study of knowlesi malaria in Sabah, in addition to evaluating pathophysiology of severe malaria from any species. She commenced her current position at QIMR in 2018.
Bridget continues to work with collaborators in Sabah, Malaysia, to study the emergence of zoonotic knowlesi malaria, as Malaysia approaches elimination of the human-only malaria species. In addition, she is investigating comparative pathophysiological mechanisms of disease from severe malaria from falciparum, vivax and knowlesi malaria, with a focus on microvascular pathology, and with the aim of identifying targets for adjunctive treatment.