Current Studies

2016 Studies Watch List!

  • MERINO 1 trial - RCT of meropenem vs. piperacillin/tazobactam for bacteraemia due to ESBL or AmpC producing E. coli or Klebsiella. (ANZCTR - ACTRN12613000532707; ClinicalTrials.gov -NCT02176122). Please contact Dr. Patrick Harris padstock@hotmail.com, or Tiffany Harris-Brown t.brown3@uq.edu.au for further details.

  • PIANO study - Observational study of prosthetic joint infections. Sites will be asked to prospectively collect data on all PJIs presenting to their hospital over a two year period - follow up data will be collected at 3,12, and 24 months. Please contact Dr. Josh Davis Joshua.Davis@menzies.edu.au or Dr. Laurens Manning laurens.manning@uwa.edu.au for further details.

  • CAMERA-2 - RCT of combination therapy versus monotherapy for MRSA bloodstream infections. Please contact Dr. Josh Davis Joshua.David@menzies.edu.au or Dr. Steve Tong steven.tong@menzies.edu.au for further details.

  • MERINO-2 trial - RCT of meropenem vs. piperacillin/tazobactam for bacteraemia due to Enterobacter, Serratia, Citrobacter freundii etc. Please contact Dr. Patrick Harris padstock@hotmail.com for further details.

  • Re-PAUSE - RCT of ultrashort course intravenous antibiotics vs. standard therapy for E. coli bacteraemia of urinary tract origin. Please contact Dr. Ben Rogers b.rogers1@uq.edu.au for further details.

  • Pneumocystis study - Prospective observational study on Pneumocystis infections regarding diagnostic methods and the molecular epidemiology within Australia and New Zealand. Please contact Dr. Louise Cooley louise.cooley@dhhs.tas.gov.au for further details.

*If you have a study idea that you would like the ASID CRN to consider for endorsement, please contact any of the Steering Committee members. Alternatively, you can contact Tiffany Harris-Brown, the ASID CRN secretariat, at t.brown3@uq.edu.au.

Research Priorities


The primary focus of our clinician-initiated research is to answer problems of direct clinical relevance. Additionally, the impact of clinician-focused research within the ASID CRN is aimed at improving direct patient outcomes, facilitating physician effectiveness and providing valuable cost-savings to the health care system.

Research Priority-Working Groups:

  • Gram Negative Infections (GN group chaired by Prof. David Paterson and Prof. Anton Peleg)

  • Diabetic Foot Infections Australia and New Zealand (DeFIANZ, chaired by Dr Rob Commons)

  • Prosthetic joint Infections/Native Joint Infections (PJI/NJI chaired by Dr. Josh Davis)

  • Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia (SAB group chaired by Assoc./Prof. Ben Howden and Dr. Steve Tong)

  • Opportunistic Infections (OI group chaired by Dr. Louise Cooley)

  • XDR/MDR Tuberculosis (XDR/MDR TB group chaired by Dr. Anna Ralph)

  • Encephalitis (Encephalitis group chaired by Prof. Cheryl Jones cheryl.jones@health.nsw.gov.au)