You are invited to attend Professor Tony Walls’ Inaugural Professorial Lecture.


TITLE: Research for Children Aotearoa


Professor Tony Walls is a paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist who works at Te Whatu Ora – Waitaha Canterbury. He trained at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children and completed an MD in clinical virology through the University of London. He recently set up a new research collaborative called Research for Children Aotearoa of which he is Co-Director. This brings together established and developing researchers across regions, disciplines and institutions to focus on research that will improve child health and wellbeing.


A key focus of Tony’s research has been vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Recent epidemiological work has led to PHARMAC changing the pneumococcal vaccine it funds on the infant immunisation schedule. He also has an interest in bone and joint infections in children and is currently involved in research to develop new diagnostic techniques and new approaches to antimicrobial treatment.


In this IPL, Tony discusses the newly developed research collaborative Research for Children Aotearoa, research that makes a difference to children and also discusses some of his pet projects – mostly immunisation topics.


DATE: Thursday 4 May 2023

TIME: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

VENUE: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, 2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch


If you’re attending in person, please register here.

Tony’s IPL will also be live-streamed, save this link and watch here via Zoom.