Dr Laila Khawar
Research Fellow

Dr Laila Khawar


Medicine & Health
The Kirby Institute


Laila joined the Kirby Institute in September 2015. She is involved in a number of projects with a focus on transfusion-transmissible, blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections prevention and surveillance in Australia. Laila has a  PhD in epidemiology, where her research focused on developing systems to track elimination of sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses in Australia. Laila has a prior research experience in the area of drug and alcohol and related issues. She worked at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC). She also has international experience of coordinating a World Health Organization’s health and nutrition surveillance project at the Aga Khan University. She has her bachelor’s degree in Medicine and carried out her Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales.

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Chow EPF; Carter A; Vickers T; Fairley CK; McNulty A; Guy RJ; Regan DG; Grulich AE; Callander D; Khawar L; Machalek DA; Donovan B, 2021, 'Effect on genital warts in Australian female and heterosexual male individuals after introduction of the national human papillomavirus gender-neutral vaccination programme: an analysis of national sentinel surveillance data from 2004–18', The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 21, pp. 1747 - 1756, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(21)00071-2
    Journal articles | 2021
    Khawar L; McManus H; Vickers T; Chow EPF; Fairley CK; Donovan B; Machalek DA; Regan DG; Grulich AE; Guy RJ; McGregor S, 2021, 'Genital warts trends in Australian and overseas-born people in Australia: A cross-sectional trend analysis to measure progress towards control and elimination', The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, vol. 16, pp. 100251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100251
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khawar L; Machalek DA; Regan DG; Donovan B; McGregor S; Guy RJ, 2020, 'Defining elimination of genital warts—a modified delphi study', Vaccines, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8020316
    Journal articles | 2014
    McKetin R; Copeland J; Norberg MM; Bruno R; Hides L; Khawar L, 2014, 'The effect of the ecstasy 'come-down' on the diagnosis of ecstasy dependence', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 139, pp. 26 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.697
    Journal articles | 2014
    Norberg M; Khawar L; Copeland J; Olivier J, 2014, 'Efficacy of brief treatment for ecstasy use', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 140, pp. e162 - e163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.458
    Journal articles | 2014
    Norberg MM; Hides L; Olivier J; Khawar L; McKetin R; Copeland J, 2014, 'Brief Interventions to Reduce Ecstasy Use: A Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial', Behavior Therapy, vol. 45, pp. 745 - 759, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.05.006
  • Reports | 2016
    Khawar L; Seed C; McGregor S; Guy R, 2016, Australian Blood Donors Surveillance Report 2016, https://kirby.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/kirby/report/SERP_2016-Australian-Blood-Donors-Surveillance-Report_0.pdf
    Reports | 2015
    Seed C; Khawar L; McGregor S; Guy R, 2015, Transfusion-transmissible infections in Australia: 2015 Surveillance Report., The Kirby Institute, UNSW and The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney, Australia

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