Serology and Molecular Biology techniques confirm infection, monitor disease prevalence, and investigate outbreaks. The SIG promotes greater understanding of these disciplines and educational opportunities for diagnostic scientists throughout their career
Linda Hueston is a Principal Scientist and chief serologist at NSW Health Pathology – ICPMR. She is the laboratory director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, a group whose work impacts the health of Australians by helping to evaluate the efficacy of national programmes for a variety of vaccine preventable diseases (such as measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, meningococcal disease and hepatitis) and assisting government to formulate vaccination policy. She heads the NSW Chicken Sentinel Programme on behalf on NSW Health and as the team leader of the Arbovirus Emerging Diseases Unit at ICPMR she and her team work on test development and surveillance of arboviruses of state, national and international importance. She was part of the WHO team that first recognised Japanese encephalitis in Timor-Leste; diagnosed the first importation of West Nile virus into Australia firstly in a horse and later in a human; made the laboratory diagnosis of MVE in SA and NSW after an absence of MVE in the region for > 40 years. She developed the first routine diagnostic tests for Zika virus in the Asia Pacific region and assisted with the investigation of concurrent outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses in the Western Pacific. She has authored more than 40 papers in international journals and has recently completed a book chapter on alphavirus diagnosis.