Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Vaccine Datalink and Research Group


The Vaccine Datalink and Research (VaDaR) group is within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care.

The team are primarily focussed on investigating the risks and benefits of vaccines using pharmacoepidemiologic approaches. They are also interested in vaccine development, vaccine immunology, and vaccine risk communication. The team are part of the Global Vaccine Data Network (GVDN).

Key areas of research and interest


  • Vaccine safety
  • Vaccine effectiveness
  • Vaccine immunogenicity
  • Particular interest: Vaccines against pertussis, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, HPV, varicella, shingles, rotavirus
  • Vaccine hesitancy and vaccine communications

Our team


Dr Anna Howe
KPS Research Fellow, Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology

Dr Janine Paynter
Epidemiologist

Dr Helen Petousis-Harris
Group Director

Doctoral students

Jazmin Duque

Hannah Chisholm

Adrian Ludlam

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