Dr Margie Danchin is a University of Melbourne graduate who works as a general paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital in the Department of Paediatrics and as a senior research fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She obtained her PhD in 2006 after completing a fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has extensive expertise in vaccine research focused on clinical trials, vaccine safety and vaccine social science and is a member of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo) and the Rotavirus Vaccine Research Group, MCRI.
During her NHMRC-funded post-doctoral period, she completed advanced training in vaccinology and conducted two NHMRC-funded vaccine clinical trials. In the last four years her primary research focus has shifted to developing new interventions to address vaccine hesitancy to inform evidenced-based vaccine policy and she has established a Vaccine Hesitancy research program at MCRI. Her preliminary epidemiological work focusing on the measurement of parental vaccine attitudes, behaviours and concerns in hospital, community and antenatal settings identified that nearly 50% of Australian parents have some vaccine concerns and that pregnancy is a key vaccine decision-making time point.