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BacPath 2015

BacPath 2015

The BacPath conferences are the most prestigious Australian meetings for researchers interested in the biology of bacterial pathogens. The inaugural meeting was held at Thredbo, NSW in 1991 and these meetings are now held every two years. Topics covered include microbial genomics, host-pathogen interactions, virulence factors, antibiotic resistance, mobile genetic elements, bacterial toxins and vaccine and drug development. In 2015 the meeting will be held at the Silverwater resort, San Remo, Victoria between the 27th and the 30th of September. ...

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XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria 2016

XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria 2016

On behalf of the Congress Management Committee, the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), it is our immense pleasure to invite you to join us for the XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2016) in Brisbane. The Congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Sunday 18th - Thursday 22nd September 2016. The program will cover the major infectious diseases prevalent in the tropics, including malaria and other parasite infections, bacterial infections such as typhoid and tuberculosis, and viral infections such as HIV and dengue fever. In addition social, cultural and economic aspects of health relevant to the tropics will be covered. ...

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Evolving superbug threatens to create an infection tsunami

Evolving superbug threatens to create an infection tsunami

An international study led by the University of Queensland has tracked a potentially devastating multi-drug resistant E. coli strain that is only one gene away from being resistant to almost all antibiotics. ...

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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

A recent spate of infections from a deadly Middle Eastern virus is raising concern over efforts​ to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combating its spread. AID Researcher Associate Professor Ian Mackay monitored and reports the spread of the disease.​ ...

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PhD Scholarship Opportunities

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

The Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (AID) in collaboration with the Queensland Institute for Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer Institute offers competitive scholarships available to domestic and international students ...

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DNA research revealing 'libraries' of information

DNA research revealing 'libraries' of information

AID researcher Associate Professor Christine Wells and scientists from all around the world have been in a collaborative effort to understand the "DNA book". This advancement in the scientific understanding of human genes provides unprecedented insight into health, development and behaviour. ...

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Researchers develop new methods to keep resistant gonorrhoea in check

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. ...

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Tiny sensor could lead to better superbug drugs

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 ...

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H7N9 cases pause; new report details reassortants

H7N9 cases pause; new report details reassortants

AID researcher Ian Mackay comments on his detailed analysis into H7N9. They found consistent genetic changes even in just one of H7N9's eight segments. ...

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Pandemic Potential Seen in Gene Changes of Bird Flu

Pandemic Potential Seen in Gene Changes of Bird Flu

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

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AID Researcher Ian Mackay discusses H7N9 flu in China

AID Researcher Ian Mackay discusses H7N9 flu in China

The World Health Organisation has said that the strain of bird flu in China could pose a serious threat to human health with one official calling it "one of the most lethal" of its kind". What the likelihood that it may begin to spread between humans- just how serious a threat is it? ...

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Discovering novel ways to influence host/pathogen dynamics to favour microbial control and clearance of chronic overwhelming viral infections

Discovering novel ways to influence host/pathogen dynamics to favour microbial control and clearance of chronic overwhelming viral infections

This seminar will be presented on 27 March by Dr Marc Pellegrini, whose team won the 2012 Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research. ...

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Seminars

All are welcome to attend these seminars, presented by members of the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre and their collaborators. ...

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Tracking Superbugs to their source

Tracking Superbugs to their source

As concern grows over an increasing risk of deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a budding field of microbial research, genomic epidemiology, may also be delivering a solution, writes AID Director, Professor Mark Walker. ...

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Members of our Research Centre hail potential cure for AIDS

Members of our Research Centre hail potential cure for AIDS

Associate Professor David Harrich says they have discovered how to modify a protein in HIV so that, instead of replicating, it protects against the infection. ...

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Development of a multicomponent delivery system for oligonucleotides

Development of a multicomponent delivery system for oligonucleotides

Congratulations to Professor Istvan Toth, who, along with Dr Peter Moyle, was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. ...

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AID member recieves Grand Challenges Explorations grant

Professor Anton Middelberg will pursue an innovative global health and development research project. ...

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Research Seminars for 2012

The program of speakers for 2012 has just been finalised. ...

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2011: A good year for Infectious Diseases Research at UQ

2011: A good year for Infectious Diseases Research at UQ

Following its official opening in March, AID has seen its researchers acheive stellar results. ...

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AID member recieves Grand Challenges Explorations grant

AID member recieves Grand Challenges Explorations grant

UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...

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AID's Eureka Prize is announced

AID congratulates Professor Alan Cowman and his team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute on winning the Eureka Prize for Infectious Disease Research, sponsored by AID. ...

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New vaccine delivery company starts with AUD15 million investment

New company Vaxxas Pty Ltd will enable AID Professor Mark Kendall to continue his pioneering research and development of the Nanopatch, a revolutionary new needle-free vaccine delivery system. ...

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AID researcher talks superbugs on Insight

AID researcher Prof. Matt Cooper from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience appeared on the SBS program Insight to discuss the rise of "superbugs" - bacteria that are resistant ... ...

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AID is officially launched

The Governor-General, Dr Quentin Bryce AC, declared the Centre open at an event at Customs House on 11 March 2011 hosted by The University of Queensland. ...

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AID Sponsors national prize

The University of Queensland's new Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre (AID) has become the first sponsor outside of NSW of the Australian Museum's prestigious Eureka Prizes. ...

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Apply for the Australian Infectious Diseases Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism & communication. ...

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AID researchers awarded seven prestigious fellowships

AID researchers Peter Sly (NHMRC SPRF), Jenny Stow (NHMRC PRF), Bostjan Kobe (NHMRC SRF), Itsvan Toth (ARC APF), Mark Schembri (ARC Future) and Matt Sweet (ARC Future) were awarded prestigious NHMRC and ARC research fellowships commencing in 2011. ...

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