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Karin graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1990 and undertook her medical specialist training in infectious diseases at Fairfield Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. She spent 3 years as an Infectious Disease Fellow at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston and completed a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. Her specific areas of interest include traveller's health, health issues in immigrants and refugees, and waterborne infections. Karin is on the Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine, she is the head of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit and also works as a visiting specialist physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.


  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Travel Medicine
  • Waterborne Disease

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Projects 2005 2023

Research Output 1998 2019

Socioeconomic disparities and infection: it's complicated

Gibney, K. B. & Leder, K., 1 Feb 2019, In : The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 19, 2, p. 116-117 2 p.

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A registry for patients with asplenia/hyposplenism reduces the risk of infections with encapsulated organisms

Arnott, A., Jones, P., Franklin, L. J., Spelman, D., Leder, K. & Cheng, A. C., 15 Aug 2018, In : Clinical Infectious Diseases. 67, 4, p. 557-561 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Business travel-associated illness: A GeoSentinel analysis

Chen, L. H., Leder, K., Barbre, K. A., Schlagenhauf, P., Libman, M., Keystone, J., Mendelson, M., Gautret, P., Schwartz, E., Shaw, M., MacDonald, S., McCarthy, A., Connor, B. A., Esposito, D. H., Hamer, D., Wilson, M. E. & for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Travel Medicine. 25, 1, 10 p., tax097.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Cost of gastroenteritis in Australia: A healthcare perspective

Barker, S. F., Zomer, E., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, M., Gibney, K., Liew, D. & Leder, K., 1 Apr 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 4, 16 p., e0195759.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Improving human and environmental health in urban informal settlements: the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) programme

Brown, R. R., Leder, K. S., Wong, T., French, M., Ramirez, D., Chown, S. L., Luby, S., Clasen, T., Reidpath, D., El Sioufi, M., McCarthy, D. T., Forbes, A. B., Simpson, J., Allotey, P. & Cahan, B., 28 May 2018, In : The Lancet Planetary Health. 2, 29, p. 29-29 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access