Josh Hanson

Senior research fellow


PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2013; Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2007; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of New South Wales, 1996; Bachelor of Science, 1991; Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Mahidol University, Bangkok, 2002.




After completing his general medicine and infectious diseases specialist training, Josh performed clinical malaria research in Mozambique, Bangladesh, India and Thailand and completed his PhD at Menzies in 2013. Since 2014 he has been based in Cairns where he works as a general and infectious diseases physician. He is interested in the clinical management of infectious diseases in the remote and resource poor settings. 

Research Themes
  • Optimising the clinical management of adults with tropical infectious diseases in remote and resource-poor settings.


  1. Hanson J, Lee SJ, Mohanty S, Faiz MA, Anstey NM, Charunwatthana P, Yunus EB, Mishra SK, Tjitra E, Price RN, Rahman R, Nosten F, Htut Y, Hoque G, Hong Chau TT, Hoan Phu N, Hien TT, White NJ, Day NP, Dondorp AM. A simple score to predict the outcome of severe malaria in adults. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Mar 1;50(5):679-85. doi: 10.1086/649928.  PMID: 20105074 
  2. Hanson JP, Lam SW, Mohanty S, Alam S, Pattnaik R, Mahanta KC, Hasan MU, Charunwatthana P, Mishra SK, Day NP, White NJ, Dondorp AM. Fluid resuscitation of adults with severe falciparum malaria: effects on Acid-base status, renal function, and extravascular lung water. Crit Care Med. 2013 Apr;41(4):972-81. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31827466d2.  PMID: 23324951 
  3. Hanson J, Lee SJ, Hossain MA, Anstey NM, Charunwatthana P, Maude RJ, Kingston HW, Mishra SK, Mohanty S, Plewes K, Piera K, Hassan MU, Ghose A, Faiz MA, White NJ, Day NP, Dondorp AM. Microvascular obstruction and endothelial activation are independently associated with the clinical manifestations of severe falciparum malaria in adults: an observational study. BMC Med. 2015 May 27;13:122. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0365-9.  PMID: 26018532 
  4. Thit SS, Aung NM, Htet ZW, Boyd MA, Saw HA, Anstey NM, Kyi TT, Cooper DA, Kyi MM, Hanson J.  The clinical utility of the urine-based lateral flow lipoarabinomannan assay in HIV-infected adults in Myanmar: an observational study. BMC Med. 2017 Aug 4;15(1):145. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0888-3.  PMID: 28774293 
  5. Stewart JD, Smith S, Binotto E, McBride WJ, Currie BJ, Hanson J.  The epidemiology and clinical features of melioidosis in Far North Queensland: Implications for patient management. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Mar;11(3):e0005411. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005411.  PMID: 28264029
  6. Guthridge I, Smith S, Horne P, Hanson J.  Increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in remote Australian communities: implications for patients and clinicians. Pathology. 2019 Jun;51(4):428-431. doi: 10.1016/j.pathol.2018.11.015. Epub 2019 Apr 16. PMID: 31000171. 
  7. Stewart AGA, Smith S, Binotto E, McBride WJH, Hanson J. The epidemiology and clinical features of rickettsial diseases in North Queensland, Australia: Implications for patient identification and management. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Jul;13(7):e0007583. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007583.   PMID: 31318873
  8. Smith S, Kennedy BJ, Dermedgoglou A, Poulgrain SS, Paavola MP, Minto TL, Luc M, Liu YH, Hanson J.  A simple score to predict severe leptospirosis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019 Feb;13(2):e0007205. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007205.  PMID: 30759081
  9. Hanson J, Smith S, Stewart J, Horne P, Ramsamy N. Melioidosis-a disease of socioeconomic disadvantage. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2021 Jun;15(6):e0009544. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0009544. PMID: 34153059;
  10. Gora H, Hasan T, Smith S, Wilson I, Mayo M, Woerle C, Webb JR, Currie BJ, Hanson J, Meumann EM. Melioidosis of the central nervous system; impact of the bimABm allele on patient presentation and outcome. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Feb 7;. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciac111. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 35137005. 
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