Researcher

Dr Brendan McMullan

My Expertise

My research focuses on treatment of infections and improving antibiotic use in children. Thus includes research involving special groups such as immunocompromised children and newborns.

Within this field, I lead research in quality improvement program implementation, patient-centered care, and guideline and policy development.

I am also actively involved in research on COVID in children.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Paediatrics

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Biography

My research program includes projects on antimicrobial resistance and better use of antibiotics in children, infections in immunocompromised children and young people, as well as congenital infections. I am using surveillance data in new ways to better understand and optimize antibiotic therapy.

I am a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Microbiologist, working at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and a Senior Research Fellow...view more

My research program includes projects on antimicrobial resistance and better use of antibiotics in children, infections in immunocompromised children and young people, as well as congenital infections. I am using surveillance data in new ways to better understand and optimize antibiotic therapy.

I am a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Microbiologist, working at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Discipline of Paediatrics, at UNSW.

I am willing to supervise ILP and Honours Students completing the UNSW MD program (formally MBBS), as well as Higher Degree Students (Masters and PhD). 


My Grants

MRFF EMCR 2023 Round: COMet AMS, One Health Metrics for evaluating antimicrobial stewardship – CI

MRFF 2022 Rapid Applied Research Translation: The National Paediatric Applied Research Translation Initiative (N-PARTI) – CI

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2022 Round: SNAP-PY: Staphylococcus aureus Network Adaptive Platform trial for Paediatrics and Youth - CI

MRFF Research Grants 2021: Is oral antibiotic treatment alone non-inferior to standard care for children with bone and joint infections? - CI

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant 2021 Round: Improving antimicrobial  use and reducing harms in children- CIA

Curing Homesickness Foundation Philanthropic Grant 2021: HOMEFREE - Getting kids with infections out of hospital early - CIA

MRFF Research Grants 2019: There's no place like home: national scale up of the paediatric low risk febrile neutropenia program - CI

 


My Qualifications

BMed(Hons), DTMH, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA


My Research Activities

Research areas:

  • Antimicrobial use and stewardship in children
  • Serious infections in children - including Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia
  • Infections in immunocompromised children

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Honours, ILP, Masters by Research, PhD

Main areas of interest are infections in children, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)


My Engagement

Brendan McMullan is an Evolve clinical champion with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) driving high-quality clinical care, particularly promoting improved antimicrobial use for children and the wider community, engaging prescribers and the public.  

He is chair of ANZPID, the Paediatric Interest Group of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID). 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brendan has co-chaired both the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Paediatric and Adolescent Care Panel https://covid19evidence.net.au and the ASID-ANZPID Interim guidelines for the clinical management of COVID-19 in children and adolescents https://www.asid.net.au/resources/resources/ncov19.

 

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Location

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact

+61 2 9382 1508

Videos

During World Antibiotic Awareness Week, RACP Evolve Clinical Champion, Dr Brendan McMullan, asks clinicians to follow evidence-based guidelines, seek advice when prescribing antibiotics and undertake research, which helps identify and support the best methods of antibiotic prescribing.