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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.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

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

Surveillance of travel-related infections in China

Leder, K. & Wilson, M. E., 1 Aug 2018, In : The Lancet Public Health. 3, 8, p. e356-e357 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Travellers visiting friends and relatives: a high-risk, under-recognised group for imported infectious diseases

Pai Mangalore, R., Johnson, D. F. & Leder, K., 1 Jul 2018, In : Internal Medicine Journal. 48, 7, p. 759-762 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review