Associate Professor Benn Sartorius

Principal Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

A/Prof Benn Sartorius is an established spatial and global health epidemiologist, with a particular interest in the burden of infectious disease and attributable determinants at sub-national, national and global scales as a tool to help inform and optimise policy at national and subnational scales. Dr Sartorius a principal research fellow in UQ's ODeSI team at University of Queensland, an affiliate professor in Department of Health Metric Sciences at University of Washington and a honorary visiting research fellow at University of Oxfored. Prior to join UQ, Dr Sartorius was the principal investigator for the Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (GRAM) Project based in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at University of Oxford.

Dr Sartorius' research has focused on better understanding the spatial-temporal burden and risk factors of multiple IDs, including mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, sexually transmitted infections, neglected tropical diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths and onchocerciasis, vaccine preventable diseases, emerging infectious diseases and more recently focused on antimicrobial resistance. These and other examples highlight the utility of spatial epidemiology to identify higher risk areas that should be prioritised for more targeted, tailored and resource efficient intervention and control measures. However, often spatial risk estimates for IDs are often not produced in-country in settings such as the Pacific, where disease burden is high and local modelling expertise is limited, resulting in use of incomplete/biased data and resulting in inefficient and suboptimal decision-making. I’ve been a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project since 2014 and the Scientific Council for the GBD Project since 2015. Dr Sartorius is a member of the WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics (RGHS) and chair of the Age-Specific Mortality Estimation and Life Table Computation task force. Benn's vision, through ODeSI-HERA, is to expand his international profile and leadership in spatial-temporal epidemiology of priority infectious diseases in Australia and the Pacific. This will include spatial epidemiological innovation, and capacity building to improve health outcomes in high-risk and vulnerable sub-populations within the region, and will be co-created with stakeholders in the region to ensure that it aligns with their priorities, and support precision-based decision-making systems to help policy makers optimise resource allocation and guide targeted interventions.

Research Interests

  • Spatial Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
    There is often also a gap between research and practical implementation, particularly in resource-poor settings with limited expertise and incomplete data. Essential to utilize spatial-temporal epidemiology to enhance our understanding and mitigation of priority climate-sensitive and environmentally driven infectious diseases (i.e. vector-borne and zoonotic), vaccine preventable diseases and emerging infectious diseases in Australia, Pacific Island countries and globally.
  • Global Burden of Disease
    Provide comprehensive estimates of mortality and disability across countries, time etc to improve health systems/resource allocations and reduce/eliminate disparities.
  • Health Statistics
    Science of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting health data.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand

Publications

  • Mario Martin, Beatris, Cadavid Restrepo, Angela, Mayfield, Helen, Then Paulino, Cecilia, De St Aubin, Micheal, Duke, William, Jarolim, Petr, Zielinski Gutiérrez, Emily, Skewes Ramm, Ronald, Dumas, Devan, Garnier, Salome, Etienne, Marie Caroline, Peña, Farah, Abdalla, Gabriela, Lopez, Beatriz, de la Cruz, Lucia, Henríquez, Bernarda, Baldwin, Margaret, Sartorius, Benn, Kucharski, Adam, Nilles, Eric James and Lau, Colleen L. (2023). Using Regional Sero-Epidemiology SARS-CoV-2 Anti-S Antibodies in the Dominican Republic to Inform Targeted Public Health Response. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 8 (11) 493, 493. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed8110493

  • Cavany, Sean, Nanyonga, Stella, Hauk, Cathrin, Lim, Cherry, Tarning, Joel, Sartorius, Benn, Dolecek, Christiane, Caillet, Céline, Newton, Paul N. and Cooper, Ben S. (2023). The uncertain role of substandard and falsified medicines in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 6153, 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41542-w

  • Aguilar, Gisela Robles, Swetschinski, Lucien R., Weaver, Nicole Davis, Ikuta, Kevin S., Mestrovic, Tomislav, Gray, Authia P., Chung, Erin, Wool, Eve E., Han, Chieh, Hayoon, Anna Gershberg, Araki, Daniel T., Abdollahi, Ashkan, Abu-Zaid, Ahmed, Adnan, Mohammad, Agarwal, Ramesh, Dehkordi, Javad Aminian, Aravkin, Aleksandr Y., Areda, Demelash, Azzam, Ahmed Y., Berezin, Eitan N., Bhagavathula, Akshaya Srikanth, Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Bhuyan, Soumitra S., Browne, Annie J., Castañeda-Orjuela, Carlos A., Chandrasekar, Eeshwar K., Ching, Patrick R., Dai, Xiaochen, Darmstadt, Gary L. ... Antimicrobial Resistance Collaborators (2023). The burden of antimicrobial resistance in the Americas in 2019: a cross-country systematic analysis. Lancet Regional Health - Americas, 25 100561, 1-16. doi: 10.1016/j.lana.2023.100561

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor