AID Overview


AID researchers are drawn from infectious disease experts from across QIMR and UQ who apply leading technologies to identify, understand and prevent infectious disease.

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Research Areas

The core AID research themes are bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infectious diseases afflicting humans. This microbial pathogenesis research effort brings together basic science and clinical research.

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AID links molecular microbiological and clinical expertise from the UQ Faculties of Science and Health Sciences, and UQCCR, QCMRI, IMB, AIBN and the Diamantina Institute.

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Researchers develop new methods to keep resistant gonorrhoea in check

Associate Professor David Whiley and his team have developed molecular tools to detect outbreaks of resistant strains of gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease causing serious health complications. This method works by detecting specific mutations in an organism's DNA that made it resistant to antibiotics.... read more

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Tiny sensor could lead to better superbug drugs

AID researcher Professor Matt Cooper used nano-sized levers as sensors to measure the concentration of active antibiotics in blood. This will allow researchers to design better drugs to fight superbugs, which often have thicker, stronger cell walls... read more

Pandemic Potential Seen in Gene Changes of Bird Flu

AID researchers published a study suggesting a possible risk of H7N9 pandemic.... read more

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