Work within the Serology and Virology Division at SEALS, Randwick Hub divides up into diagnostic and predominantly clinical work in the Virology Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) located on Level 4 within SEALS, as well as the co-located clinical trials unit, and research studies in the Virology Research Laboratories (VRL) located on Level 3 of the Clinical Sciences Block. Both areas have modern, purpose built molecular facilities for diagnosis and research into viral illness.
Studies in the Virology Research Laboratory focus on four major programs – the program for improving clinical care and diagnosis of congenital infections – ICCI (in collaboration with obstetric, neonatal and paediatric units), the viral infections in pathogenesis of diabetes project (a collaborative project with A/Prof Maria Craig of Children’s Hospital Westmead), pathogenesis of respiratory viral diseases (in collaboration with Dr Euan Tovey of the Woolcock Institute), the antivirals research program, and the ongoing developmental studies in diagnostics for viral illness.
All of these projects, laboratories, and most importantly scientists are interdependent. Our ultimate goal of reducing illness and death from viral illness is being pursued through provision of clinical care, diagnostics, industry linkages, and basic research. I continue to feel the personal privilege that goes with working within this distinctive environment for study of viruses, where these three areas of medical endeavour are co-located. I encourage all of us within Virology at SEALS and South Eastern Health to keep the patient with viral-induced illness at the forefront of our thinking – it is that person for whom we strive to help with our team effort.Virology diagnosis. research. teaching