Dr Kim Hare

Senior research officer, NHMRC Early Career Fellow

Qualifications:

PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2014; Master of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2006; Bachelor of Science (Honours), Australian National University, 1981; Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney Institute of Advanced Education, 1983; Diploma in Datametrics, University of South Africa, 1993.

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Kim started her career in veterinary microbiology and branched into database management and programming to analyse data and produce reports for the Namibian veterinary department.

Back in Australia, Kim worked for the Northern Territory Health Service, CSIRO, Tiwi Health Board and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education before commencing work at Menzies in 2000.

Kim has worked on the microbiological aspects of projects relating to ear and lung disease in Indigenous children. These projects investigate the role of vaccines and antibiotics in preventing or reducing respiratory bacterial infections.

Recent career highlights:

2011: awarded the NHMRC Gustav Nossal Postgraduate Scholarship to study the bacteriology of bronchiectasis in Indigenous children.

2013: awarded a Peter Doherty NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to continue work on the impact of vaccines and antibiotics on the respiratory bacteria responsible for ear and lung infections in children.

2015: awarded a NHMRC project grant to study the two major bacterial pathogens in the upper and lower airways of Indigenous children with chronic lung disease.

Research Themes
 
  • Bronchoscopy study (airway bacteriology of children with bronchiectasis)
  • Bronchoscopy study (airway bacteriology of children with protracted bacterial bronchitis)
  • Effects of antibiotics, vaccines and environment on the population biology of bacterial respiratory pathogens in Australian Indigenous children – a synthesis of studies
  • Understanding the role of the two major bacterial pathogens in the upper and lower airways of Indigenous children with chronic lung disease
  1. Hare, K.M., Grimwood, K., Chang, A.B., Chatfield, M., Valery, P.C., Leach, A.J., et al. (2015). Nasopharyngeal carriage and macrolide resistance in Indigenous children with bronchiectasis randomized to long-term azithromycin or placebo. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 34(11), 2275-85.
  2. Leach, A.J., Wigger, C., Hare, K., Hampton, V., Beissbarth. J., Andrews. R., et al. (2015). Reduced middle ear infection with non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae, but not Streptococcus pneumoniae, after transition to 10-valent pneumococcal non-typeable H. influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine. BMC Pediatrics, 15,162.
  3. Binks, M.J., Moberley, S.A., Balloch, A., Leach, A.J., Nelson, S., Hare, K.M., et al. (2015). PneuMum: Impact from a randomised controlled trial of maternal 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination on middle ear disease amongst Indigenous infants, Northern Territory, Australia. Vaccine, 33(48),6579-87.
  4. Hare, K.M., Singleton, R.J., Grimwood, K., Valery, P.C., Cheng, A.C., Morris, P.S., et al. (2013). Longitudinal nasopharyngeal carriage and antibiotic resistance of respiratory bacteria in Indigenous Australian and Alaska Native children with bronchiectasis. PLoS One, 8(9).
  5. Hare, K.M., Leach, A.J., Morris, P.S., Smith-Vaughan, H.C., Torzillo, P., Bauert, P., et al. (2012). Impact of recent antibiotics upon nasopharyngeal carriage and lower airway infection in Indigenous Australian children with non-CF bronchiectasis. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 40, 365-9.
  6. Hare, K.M., Binks, M.J., Grimwood, K., Chang, A.B., Leach, A.J., Smith-Vaughan, H.C. (2012). Culture and PCR detection of Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus haemolyticus in Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50(7), 2444-5.
  7. Hare, K.M., Grimwood, K., Leach, A.J., Smith-Vaughan, H., Torzillo, P., Morris, P.S., et al. (2010). Respiratory bacterial pathogens in the nasopharynx and lower airways of Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Pediatrics, 157(6), 1001-5.
  8. Hare, K.M., Smith-Vaughan, H., Binks, M., Park, I.H., Nahm, M.H., Leach, A.J. (2009). "Dodgy 6As": differentiating pneumococcal serotype 6C from 6A by use of the Quellung reaction. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 47(6), 1981-2.
  9. Hare, K.M., Morris, P., Smith-Vaughan, H., Leach, A.J. (2008). Random colony selection versus colony morphology for detection of multiple pneumococcal serotypes in nasopharyngeal swabs. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 27(2), 178-80.
  10. Stubbs, E., Hare, K., Wilson, C., Morris, P., Leach, A.J. (2005). Streptococcus pneumoniae and noncapsular Haemophilus influenzae nasal carriage and hand contamination in children: a comparison of two populations at risk of otitis media. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 24(5), 423-8.
  1. NHMRC fellowship snapshot:  Kim Hare

    NHMRC fellowship snapshot: Kim Hare

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    Menzies' Senior Research Officer Kim Hare was recently awarded a Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council's yearly multi-million dollar funding round.

  2. Research turns to cold case specimens to unveil secrets in ear and lung health

    Research turns to cold case specimens to unveil secrets in ear and lung health

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    A retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data is being undertaken to inform improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.

  3. Pioneering research hopes to improve Indigenous lung health

    Pioneering research hopes to improve Indigenous lung health

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    The first ever detailed study of the bacteriology of bronchiectasis in Indigenous children has been undertaken to better understand and prevent the disease progression.