MD, MPH, PhD
Behzad is a Senior Lecturer in the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program (VHCRP), the Kirby Institute. He trained as a Medical Practitioner and has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology). His main area of expertise is viral hepatitis with more than 15 years experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of liver diseases. His employment history includes working as a Research Fellow in La Trobe University, Melbourne and as a Senior Research Officer and Project Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and UNAIDS country office in Iran.
Epidemiology and natural history of acute and chronic HCV infection, including HCV re-infection; HCV management and barriers to care in prison setting and among people who inject drugs; HBV management among culturally and linguistically diverse people; Development, and monitoring/evaluation of HBV and HCV elimination programs in Australia and in low/middle-income countries.
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Member, Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM)
Member, European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)
Member, International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU)
2019: Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award (Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine, ASHM)
2018: Award for Research Excellence (University of New South Wales)
2017: The Kirby Institute Emerging Investigator Award (Kirby Institute)
2016: NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia)
2015: UNSW Medicine Dean’s List Award (University of New South Wales)
2013: ASHM Junior Researcher Support Awards in HIV and Hepatitis (Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine, ASHM)
2011: Australian Postgraduate Award - APA (Commonwealth Government of Australia)
National prisons hepatitis C education: improving health literacy to enhance treatment uptake (NHMRC Partnership Grant)
The impact of improving hepatitis C treatment on hepatocellular carcinoma (Cancer Council NSW Research Project Grant)
Risk of hepatitis C reinfection among people with current injecting drug use following successful HCV treatment (NHMRC Project Grant)
Hepatitis C treatment-as-prevention in the prison setting (NHMRC Early Career Fellowship)
Behzad's research interests include epidemiology and natural history of acute and chronic HCV infection, including HCV re-infection, HCV management and barriers to care in prison setting and among people who inject drugs, HBV management among culturally and linguistically diverse people, and development, and monitoring/evaluation of HBV and HCV elimination programs in Australia and in low/middle-income countries.
Epidemiology & Statistics for Public Health (PHCM9498) - UNSW Sydney
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics (HSYP802) - Macquarie University