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PROF Stephen Graham


  • International Health, Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics



  • Steve Graham is Professor of International Child Health with University of Melbourne. He joined the Centre for International Child Health in 2008. He is a paediatrician with clinical experience in many resource-poor settings over 20 years. His areas of work and interest include a wide range of child health challenges in resource-limited settings such as childhood respiratory disease and invasive bacterial sepsis. His PhD was on the impact of HIV on respiratory disease in Malawian children. Steve worked in Blantyre, Malawi, with the College of Medicine from 1995 until 2007, and was Deputy Director of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme from 2001-7. Research activities have included studies of pneumonia, HIV, invasive bacterial disease especially non-typhoidal Salmonellae, tuberculosis and neonatal sepsis. Steve has been the recipient of multiple research grants, and he has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications. He currently sits on research committees for NIH, USA, and The Wellcome Trust, UK.

    Steve is particularly interested in working with disease control programmes in improving guidelines for evidence-based practice and in improving implementation of such guidelines. He has worked with numerous National TB Programmes in Africa and Asia-Pacific to improve management of child TB. He is lead author of WHO Guidance for management of TB in children, and The Union’s Deskguide on the diagnosis and management of TB in children. Steve is a founding member and current Chair since 2011 of the Child TB subgroup of WHO’s Stop TB Partnership as well as a member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on TB for WHO, and led the development of the Roadmap for TB in children launched in 2013.

    Steve also works part-time for the IUATLD (The Union) as a child lung health consultant providing technical assistance, expertise and support in operational research in many countries. He is curr



Member of

  • European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Member 2006 -
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Member 1998 -
  • International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Board Member 1996 -
  • Australian Conservation Foundation. Member 1988 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 1. NHMRC, Australia, 2008. Improving protection against childhood tuberculosis. AUD$ 456,500 (Co-investigator) Project Grant 546486.

    2. IIE Research Investment Funding, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 2008. Establishing a network of sites for future intervention studies to improve case-management of child pneumonia in high mortality countries. AUD$ 50,550 (Co-PI)

    3. The Wellcome Trust/DFID Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative for Malawi. GBP £10 million (Secretariat and Writing Committee for Taskforce)
    4. South African Medical Research Council. Africa Fellowship for James Mwenechanya. Clinicopathological study of chronic lung disease in HIV-infected and uninfected children. ZAR200,000
    5. TB Alert, UK. Operational studies of child TB, 2002-2004. GBP £14,000 (Co-investigator)
    6. Research Development Fund, University of Liverpool. Training in methods of drug analysis – pharmacokinetic study of TB drugs in children. GBP £6,000 (PI)
    7. Wellcome Trust, UK, 2002. Incidence of common infections in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected children and benefit of cotrimoxazole prophylaxis. GBP £267,000 (PI)



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Amsterdam 2010
  • DTCH, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 1998
  • MBBS, University of Sydney 1981

Awards and honors

  • Karel Styblo Public Health Prize, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2015
  • for distinguished contribution to tropical medicine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1992



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