Australian Infectious Diseases Research Symposium 2018

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Parnell Building (7) Room 234 

Session 1

Chair: Alexander Khromykh (UQ-AID) 


10.30 am         Bronwyn Harchand Frank Gannon - Welcome 


10.45 am         Paul Young (UQ-AID, SCMB)        

Viral antigen clamping


11.00 am         Kate Stacey (UQ-AID, SCMB)

TLR4 antagonists as therapy for dengue virus infection


11.15 am         David Harrich (QIMRB-AID) 

New small molecule inhibitors of HIV-1 reverse transcription act by a novel 



11.30 am         Katharina Ronacher (UQ-AID, MRI) 

Differences in metabolic risk factors for tuberculosis in close contacts with diabetes from two ethnicities impacting M. tuberculosis growth


11.45 am         Annika Antonsson (QIMRB-AID) 

Sexual behaviour, oral HPV infection and head & neck cancer


12.00 pm         Ian Henderson (UQ-AID, IMB)



12.15 pm         LUNCH



Session 2

Chair:  Mark Schembri (UQ-AID, TRI)


1.30 pm           Kate Schroder (UQ-AID, IMB)

Neutrophil NETosis in response to cytosolic bacteria


1.45 pm           Natalie Prow (QIMRB-AID)

A new replication-defective, vaccinia-derived vaccine vector system (SCV) is effective in preclinical studies against Zika and chikungunya viruses


2.00 pm           Ash Haque (QIMRB-AID) 

Using single-cell transcriptomics to explore host/pathogen interactions


2.15 pm           Christian Engwerda (QIMRB-AID) 

Manipulating immune responses to improve human health


2.30 pm           Nick West (UQ-AID, SCMB) 

Blocking Latent TB Infection to Reduce Therapy Duration


2.45 pm           AFTERNOON TEA





Session 3

Chair: David Paterson (UQ-AID, UQCCR)


3.15 pm           James McCarthy (QIMRB-AID) 

In vivo study of artemisinin resistance


3.30 pm           Antje Blumenthal (UQ-AID, DI) 

Innate immune recognition of pathogenic mycobacteria


3.45 pm           Matt Sweet (UQ-AID, IMB) 

Manipulating macrophage functions as an anti-infective strategy to combat bacterial pathogens


4.00 pm           Peter Sly (UQ-AID, LCCH)

Air-liquid interface cultures of primary airway epithelial cells for studying innate immunity and susceptibility to infection


4.15pm           Mark Walker - closing then mixer