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Head, Strep A & ARF Therapeutics


Associate Professor Laurens Manning is an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher working at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the University of Western Australia, and at the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, based at Telethon Kids Institute.

Laurens completed his medical training in New Zealand and his PhD at UWA on the impact of malaria on severe illness and mortality in Papua New Guinean children. Since then, his interests have expanded creating a diverse research portfolio that includes, but not limited to, antimicrobial pharmacology, malaria, diabetic foot disease, C. difficile infection and peri-prosthetic joint infections.

However, in his role at Telethon Kids, Laurens is passionate about research looking at providing choice around secondary prophylaxis and alternate treatment regimens for ARF and RHD. Treatment which has not changed for 70 years and thereby empowering and supporting those living with ARF and RHD.  Hence, through Australian wide and international collaborations Laurens is leading research at Telethon Kids on reformulation of long-acting penicillins and other preparations.

Furthermore, Laurens has a strong global track record including input into PNG Standard Adult Treatment Guidelines and collaborative projects in New Zealand.

Laurens has been invited to take part in distilling and interpreting the literature for Therapeutic Guidelines Expert Writing Groups, appointed to the ASID Clinical Research Network steering group to facilitate collaborative studies in infectious diseases across Australia and New Zealand, the TGA advisory committee for biologicals, and the steering committee of Diabetes Feet Australia. Invited to international consensus meeting for prosthetic joint infections.