Eric Chow

Assoc Professor

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Associate Professor Eric Chow is a senior epidemiologist and biostatistician based at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) at The Alfred Hospital. He heads the Health Data Management and Biostatistics Unit at MSHC and is an Associate Professor at Central Clinical School, Monash University.

A/Prof Chow completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in 2014. He holds three Master's qualifications in Applied Science (Bioinformatics), Public Health and Biostatistics. He was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to support his postdoctoral training at MSHC/Monash (2015-2018).

A/Prof Chow's research program aims to improve treatment, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STI), with a particular focus on gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Gonorrhoea is one of the most common STI and it is a global public health threat because the rates of infection are increasing at an alarming rate, and it is becoming increasingly resistant to the last first-line antibiotics. A/Prof Chow's research program has developed a new paradigm of gonorrhoea transmission. He has led the investigation of gonorrhoea transmission via saliva and kissing, which have significant impacts on reinforcing current safe sex messages and interventions. He is currently undertaking an NHMRC-funded multicentre randomised controlled trial using mouthwash as a preventive strategy for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea. His research program has also focused on the evaluation of the national school-based HPV vaccination program. His work has demonstrated the public health benefits of the female HPV vaccination program in Australia (introduced in 2007) for females and heterosexual males. He is currently evaluating and monitoring the clinical and public health benefits of the universal HPV vaccination (introduced in 2013) for males. His work on HPV has helped to inform HPV guidelines abroad.

A/Prof Chow also communicates closely with the Government and community-based organisations in order to improve health and wellbeing for the Australian population.

A/Prof Chow has a strong track record with >160 peer-reviewed publications including first or senior author publications in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, The Lancet HIV, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of Infectious Diseases. He holds an H-index of 30 and his papers have been cited over 2000 times. A/Prof Chow is an Associate Editor for the journals Sexual Health (2016-) and BMC Infectious Diseases (2017-). He has been on the organising committee for the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) Asia-Pacific Congress held in Okayama, Japan (2016) and Auckland, New Zealand (2018). He has been an external reviewer for NHMRC Project Grants (2016-) and the Health and Medical Research Fund in Hong Kong (2015-).

Monash teaching commitment

MPH5020 Introduction Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2014-2015)

MPH5041 Introductory Biostatistics (2015)

MPH5213 Research Methods (2014)

Education/Academic qualification

Biostatistics, MBiostats, The University of Melbourne

HIV/STI Epidemiology, PhD, UNSW Sydney

Public Health, MPH, The University of Melbourne

Bioinformatics, MApplSc, The University of Sydney

Forensic Biology, BSc, University of Technology Sydney

External positions

Treasurer, Sexual Health Society of Victoria

2017 → …

Editor & Committee Member, The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) Early-Mid Career Researcher Committee

2014 → …


  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Program evaluation
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis
  • HPV
  • Vaccination
  • Mouthwash
  • Transmission Dynamics
  • sexually transmitted infections

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 2010 2019

Associations between oral sex practices and frequent mouthwash use in men who have sex with men: Implications for gonorrhoea prevention

Phillips, T., Fairley, C. K., Walker, S. & Chow, E. P. F., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sexual Health. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Co-circulation of Multidrug-resistant Shigella Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Australia

Ingle, D. J., Easton, M., Valcanis, M., Seemann, T., Kwong, J. C., Stephens, N., Carter, G. P., Goncalves da Silva, A., Adamopoulos, J., Baines, S. L., Holt, K. E., Chow, E. P. F., Fairley, C., Chen, M., Kirk, M., Howden, B. & Williamson, D. A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Infectious Diseases. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Evidence for a new paradigm of gonorrhoea transmission: Cross-sectional analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections by anatomical site in both partners in 60 male couples

Cornelisse, V. J., Williamson, D., Zhang, L., Chen, M. Y., Bradshaw, C., Hocking, J. S., Hoy, J., Howden, B. P., Chow, E. P. F. & Fairley, C. K., Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Sexually Transmitted Infections. 6 p., 053803.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Incidence, Clearance, and Persistence of Anal Human Papillomavirus in Men Who Have Sex With Men Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus: Implications for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Ong, J. J., Walker, S., Grulich, A., Hoy, J., Read, T. R. H., Bradshaw, C., Chen, M., Garland, S. M., Cornall, A., Hillman, R., Templeton, D. J., Hocking, J., Eu, B., Tee, B. K., Chow, E. P. F. & Fairley, C. K., 1 Apr 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 46, 4, p. 229-233 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


2016 AMREP Public Health Research Early-Career Researcher Best Paper Award

Eric Chow (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2017 AMREP Public Health Research Early-Career Researcher Best Paper Award

Eric Chow (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2017 ASHA Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award

Eric Chow (Recipient), 9 Nov 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career)

Eric Chow (Recipient), Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2019

Occasional Address at the University of Technology Sydney Graduation Ceremony

Eric Chow (Contributor)
3 May 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

IUSTI-Europe Congress 2019

Eric Chow (Invited speaker)
2019 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Kirby Institute Seminar Series - The role of the oropharynx in gonorrhoea transmission

Eric Chow (Invited speaker)
9 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Professional Membership for the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

Eric Chow (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

BMC Oral Health (Journal)

Eric Chow (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Press / Media

Have we found a new weapon in the fight against gonorrhea?

Eric Chow


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Rise in gonorrhoea infection in women linked to overseas travel

Eric Chow


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Tongue kissing fingered in spread of throat gonorrhoea

Eric Chow


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Genital warts reduced, but stable in older Australians

Eric Chow


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Research