News (2012)

December, 2012 (11)

29 December, 2012

iCRL - taking HIV training where it is needed most

Helping Australia’s neighbours improve their laboratories and take on affordable tests for monitoring HIV infection

21 December, 2012

2012: A Year in Review

Significant discoveries, exciting events and awards have made this year one of Burnet’s most successful.

21 December, 2012

Polio workers deaths may have grave global consequences

Professor Mike Toole writes about the murders of polio workers in Pakistan and the impact on the eradication program.

18 December, 2012

Burnet pays tribute to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

The life of one of Australia’s leading philanthropists Dame Elisabeth Murdoch celebrated at a state memorial service.

18 December, 2012

CAHHF achievements praised

Over 50 health-related research activities stemmed from the China-Australia Health and HIV/AIDS Facility over the past five years.

14 December, 2012

WHO recommendations to optimise health worker roles

Aiming to facilitate universal access to key, effective interventions for maternal and newborn health.

14 December, 2012

What's new in influenza?

Burnet Senior Fellow and virologist, Emeritus Professor Greg Tannock provides an update on the influenza virus for Issues Magazine.

13 December, 2012

Burnet researchers shine at ASI Conference

Two Burnet scientists have been awarded prizes at the recent ASI Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne.

13 December, 2012

Sexual Health Improvement Project wraps up in East New Britain.

Burnet remains actively involved in East New Britain with signing of an MOU.

07 December, 2012

Burnet research identifies new way of fighting HIV

Dr Clovis Palmer’s research could lead to a new way of treating HIV by targeting immune cells rather than the virus itself.

01 December, 2012

HIV is still here! Burnet helps launch World AIDS Day 2012

The theme for World AIDS Day encourages all Australians to be aware of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS.

November, 2012 (7)

29 November, 2012

UNAIDS reveals drop in HIV infections ahead of WAD 2012

A 50 percent drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries but still much to be done says UNAIDS.

29 November, 2012

Burnet Chairman appointed to Research Australia Board

Mr Lucas has a long and distinguished association with the medical research sector.

28 November, 2012

Visiting Afghan doctor speaks of health challenges back home

Dr Jammalluddin Jawaid is in Australia to learn about health system planning.

21 November, 2012

Boosting the commercialisation of biomedical research

Burnet scientists to learn business skills to translate their discoveries into health therapies.

20 November, 2012

Medical research key to improving health and wealth

Professor Brendan Crabb comments on the challenges facing the health and medical research community.

02 November, 2012

First Chance for Mothers and Children Appeal

For many women and children in Myanmar this first chance may be their only chance.

01 November, 2012

Brendan Crabb to lead medical research peak body

Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb has been elected President of AAMRI.

October, 2012 (11)

31 October, 2012

Discovery may lead to pregnancy-specific malaria vaccine

The research by Burnet scientists could lead to a long-lasting pregnancy-specific vaccine.

30 October, 2012

Indonesian takes steps to override HIV drug patents

Burnet’s Bruce Parnell comments on Indonesia’s commitment to providing generic HIV drug treatment.

29 October, 2012

Research support a key weapon in fight against malaria drug resistance

Call for long-term support for in-country research partnerships in the region.

27 October, 2012

Gilda Tachedjian delivers 2012 Fenner Lecture

Gilda has been recognised for her significant contribution to HIV and AIDS research during her time at Burnet.

19 October, 2012

Burnet NHMRC grants announcement

More than five and a half million dollars awarded to the Institute in today’s NHMRC funding announcement.

15 October, 2012

Proposed action plan for HIV in Australia launched this week

ASHM and IUSTI Conferences to shine the light on Australia’s HIV response.

09 October, 2012

New fund launched to help Australia's young researchers

The Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship Fund launched in Parliament House, Canberra.

03 October, 2012

Review recommends strong links between research and healthcare

The McKeon Review also recommended more than doubling investment into health and medical research.

03 October, 2012

Vale Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC

A pioneering microbiologist and powerful advocate for medical research.

01 October, 2012

Burnet teams up with Fred Hollows Foundation

‘Better Vision and Healthy Ageing’ an exciting collaboration in Sri Lanka with the Fred Hollows Foundation.

01 October, 2012

Report on PNG HIV programs highlight need for research

The report is an internal review into how AusAID’s money is being spent on HIV related programs in Papua New Guinea.

September, 2012 (9)

26 September, 2012

Vale – Burnet patron, Professor Gordon Ada AO FAA

An internationally renowned virologist and immunologist, he was a great supporter of our work.

25 September, 2012

Super Trade Mission to China a success for Burnet

Mission highlights future collaborative biotech and public health research opportunities.

21 September, 2012

Burnet CD4 Test wins Australian Life Science Innovations Award

The award recognises the contribution of medical research and biotechnology to both Australian and global health.

18 September, 2012

Burnet discovery paves the way for more effective vaccines

Scientists have discovered an important mechanism in which a synthetic DNA targets the immune system.

17 September, 2012

Less than ten percent of people leave a charitable gift in their Will

Nearly half of Australian adults have admitted to not having a Will in a recent survey.

17 September, 2012

Burnet virologist awarded the ASM's 2012 Frank Fenner Award

Associate Professor Tachedjian honoured to receive award named after eminent scientist.

12 September, 2012

Burnet Director takes up key international vaccine post

Professor Crabb appointed Chair of the US-based Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Council.

11 September, 2012

Call for Action on Viral Hepatitis: the Auckland Statement

Burnet supports urgent action to curb avoidable deaths caused by viral hepatitis. You can too!

11 September, 2012

Visit to Papua New Guinea reaffirms Burnet's commitment

Burnet signs MOU with the University of PNG reflecting our commitment to address some of PNG’s health issues.

August, 2012 (9)

29 August, 2012

Non-communicable diseases having devastating global impact

Professor Rob Moodie talks about the burden of these preventable diseases.

25 August, 2012

Mr Robin Bishop appointed to Burnet Board

One of Australia’s leading investment bankers joins the Burnet leadership team

14 August, 2012

Major breakthrough in hepatitis C vaccine development

Researchers have solved an HCV vaccine mystery, which could lead to the first ever preventative vaccine for the virus.

14 August, 2012

Young Einsteins get inspiration from Burnet scientists

Burnet staff showcased medical science to children at Scienceworks for National Science Week.

13 August, 2012

Burnet PhD student awarded prestigious prize at AIDS 2012

Nitasha Kumar presented with IAS-ANRS Young Investigator prize in Washington by Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.

13 August, 2012

Leadership changes in the Centre for International Health

Professor Mike Toole to step down in his role as Head of CIH in 2013.

07 August, 2012

Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship Fund launched

Today the Institute officially launched the Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship Fund at the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce.

06 August, 2012

Professor Paul Gorry receives prestigious ARC Future Fellowship

Novel HIV research recognised among Australia’s best research projects.

02 August, 2012

Lifting malaria's deadly veil: mystery solved in quest for vaccine

Research reveals a key target of the immune system’s attack against malaria.

July, 2012 (16)

30 July, 2012

Professor Sharon Lewin addresses AIDS 2012

Hope that AIDS 2014 will be the time that we indeed see that ‘the tide has turned’ in the fight against AIDS.

28 July, 2012

Why we need to support our neighbours in hep B prevention

Most of the 175,000 Australians living with chronic hepatitis B infection were born overseas.

26 July, 2012

Six years in the making: CD4 Test officially launched!

Aid agencies in Papua New Guinea, India and South Africa are likely to be the first to access the VISITECT® CD4 diagnostic.

25 July, 2012

An Insider’s View: Lachlan Gray at AIDS 2012

Young Burnet HIV researcher, invited to present work from the Churchill laboratory, gives us a fascinating insight.

24 July, 2012

Urgent need for HIV services in Tanzania

Burnet’s Dr Mark Stoové presented at AIDS 2012 the critical need to upscale HIV prevention services.

21 July, 2012

Burnet researchers part of HIV cure effort

Professor Sharon Lewin says researchers hope a trial underway in Melbourne will reveal a way to stamp out HIV for good.

20 July, 2012

Suboxone® in Australia: focus of CREIDU Colloquium

Researchers, policymakers, service providers and service users discussed important injecting drug use issues.

20 July, 2012

Cure for HIV a realistic possibility

A cure for HIV is a realistic possibility is the key message to come out of the Global Scientific Strategy Towards a Cure,

20 July, 2012

HIV researchers taking different approaches to a cure

Dr Edwina Wright told ABC’s Waleed Ali that HIV researchers are looking at different aspects of a cure.

19 July, 2012

Burnet's scientists join world leaders at AIDS 2012 Conference

Leaders from the worlds of science, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and entertainment are speaking.

18 July, 2012

HIV infected people now facing early ageing diseases

Many are now confronting a new problem – contracting diseases usually associated with ageing.

18 July, 2012

Project nominated for “Saving Lives at Birth” Award

The project will use the CD4 Test to choose appropriate interventions for HIV-infected Sub-Saharan women.

18 July, 2012

Mary Padbury: Legal eagle steers flock with mix of humour and pragmatism

A fascinating profile of our talented Board member

12 July, 2012

Life saver: why Pacific women deserve contraceptive choice

Enabling women and adolescent girls to plan their pregnancies saves lives.

12 July, 2012

London Family Planning Summit: Australia to double aid

Australia has committed to doubling its aid for family planning to $53 million by 2016

05 July, 2012

Appeal - just $50,000 from reaching our target

Help bring a Super-Resolution Microscope to Burnet

June, 2012 (6)

20 June, 2012

Millions to have access to low-cost HIV test by 2013

HIV patients to have access to an affordable diagnostic test to determine if they should start antiretroviral drugs.

19 June, 2012

Burnet awarded NHMRC grant for Hendra virus research

Professor Geoff Pietersz to work on developing vaccine against the Hendra virus.

18 June, 2012

Understanding Crohn's - a new perspective

Burnet’s Dr Amanda Gavin is tackling Crohn’s Disease using a different approach.

08 June, 2012

'Outstanding' young researcher wins Burnet award

Muriel Aldunate has been awarded the best presentation at the ASMR Student Research Symposium.

05 June, 2012

It's flu season - the merits of vaccination

Emeritus Professor Greg Tannock: “We are still unable to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur.”

04 June, 2012

Treating injecting drug users vital in reducing hepatitis C

New research reveals hepatitis C among people who inject drugs could be halved over 30 years if more were treated.

May, 2012 (10)

30 May, 2012

Microbicides: enabling women to protect themselves against HIV

Burnet researchers are investigating methods of protection from HIV that women can initiate themselves.

23 May, 2012

2012 Gust-McKenzie Medallist

Malaria researcher Dr Paul Gilson has been presented with the prestigious Gust-McKenzie Medal.

23 May, 2012

Burnet Chair calls for radical reform of research funding

Mr Alastair Lucas AM urged Governments to increase funding support to medical research at AGM.

21 May, 2012

Burnet researchers use their lab expertise to improve public health in PNG

Dr Claire Ryan and Ms Jo Wapling are working with the PNGIMR in Goroka.

16 May, 2012

New hepatitis C vaccine offers hope

The vaccine, developed at Burnet Institute is heading into its first in-human trial.

15 May, 2012

Dendritic Cells: new optimism for cancer vaccines?

Discovering new ways to target the ‘right’ dendritic cells (DCs) to evoke an immune response against cancer.

10 May, 2012

Burnet Institute receives Gates Foundation Grant

Professor James Beeson and Dr Damien Drew’s project should accelerate a vaccine against P. vivax malaria.

09 May, 2012

Disappointment over aid budget but relief NHMRC funding retained

Burnet Institute comments on the Federal Budget.

08 May, 2012

Indonesian lab benefits from Burnet's expertise

iCRL scientist Adele Lee-Wriede spends a week in Jakarta training staff in HIV drug resistance testing.

03 May, 2012

Researchers voice their opinion of the future of medical research

The McKeon Review brought together researchers, members of the public and ex-scientists for a public forum.

April, 2012 (6)

27 April, 2012

Immunology research: your life depends on it!

Australian immunologists have celebrated the Day of Immunology – an event aimed at linking science to health.

26 April, 2012

The 'missing pieces' of malaria research

Professor Brendan Crabb joins world experts to reflect on the ‘known unknowns’ in malaria research.

25 April, 2012

Malaria caused thousands of ANZAC deaths

On World Malaria Day, we highlight the terrible suffering malaria inflicted on our troops in Papua New Guinea.

19 April, 2012

Investment in HIV research saves lives and money

A tough budget is no reason to cut AIDS spending on the social and medical sciences.

06 April, 2012

Manipulating the immune system to develop 'next-gen' vaccines

Our researchers have discovered one of the important ways dendritic (immune) cells recognise dead and damaged cells.

04 April, 2012

GP wins Edelmira Peregrino Go Student of the Year award

Dr Philippa Boulle achieved the highest results in international health subjects last year.

March, 2012 (11)

30 March, 2012

Combination drug treatment can cut malaria by 30 per cent

This is the first time a drug treatment has shown to prevent infections to both strains of malaria.

29 March, 2012

Project determines reasons for TB prevalence in Pacific

The five-year project has given researchers a better understanding of TB in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.

27 March, 2012

And the winner of the Romp is...

It was a clean sweep for Melbourne City Romp team ‘Six of the Best’, they raised the most money and won the event!

25 March, 2012

Thousands ROMP for Burnet!

From ‘naughty nuns’ to superheroes to ‘GI Joes’, thousands turned out to support Burnet’s fundraiser-the Melbourne City Romp.

22 March, 2012

GAVI CEO says Australian science has been critical in vaccine development

Dr Seth Berkley is in Australia meeting with government officials and civil society organisations.

19 March, 2012

ROMP Ambassador encourages donors after touring malaria labs

Nick Bracks and Leah de Niese found out first-hand about the cutting-edge research at Burnet. Check out Leah’s pledge for donations.

08 March, 2012

International Women's Day: the role of female scientists

“Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” underlines the important role that female research scientists can play.

07 March, 2012

PNG Government recognise potential of VHVs

Dr Chris Morgan says the estimated five to 10 thousand Village Health Volunteers in PNG could be used more effectively.

06 March, 2012

Burnet researcher publishes first novel

HIV prevention expert, artist and runner, Professor Robert Power can now add published author to that list.

01 March, 2012

RTI International visits Burnet

Liz Hill, the Global Health Collaborative Leader for RTI International visited Burnet to explore future collaborations.

01 March, 2012

World leading malaria researchers swarm into Lorne

The Molecular Approaches to Malaria Conference attracted more than 400 scientists from around the world.

February, 2012 (5)

22 February, 2012

Research could help development of more effective vaccines

The research has identified a new way for generating immunological memory.

10 February, 2012

Burnet receives Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant

Using just a drop of blood, an innovative diagnostic test being developed may be able to detect if a patient has TB .

09 February, 2012

Burnet's CD4 project in 'Top Ten'

The CD4 T-cell test has been showcased in the NHMRC’s The Ten of the Best Research Projects 2011 publication.

06 February, 2012

Supervised injecting facilities: Do they work?

Professor Robert Power presents the evidence for supervised injecting facilities in The Melbourne Review.

02 February, 2012

Age is no barrier to supporting Burnet's Melbourne City Romp!

Young Rompers and Network TEN’s weather man, Mike Larkan are urging you to get behind Burnet and enter a team.

January, 2012 (5)

31 January, 2012

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

For the eighth consecutive year, Burnet has surveyed young people at the Big Day Out festival about sex and alcohol and drug use.

27 January, 2012

Burnet international health specialist awarded OAM

Beverley Snell was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours.

25 January, 2012

Annual update on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates shares the work of his foundation, where he focuses on global health, education and poverty.

16 January, 2012

Professor wins second prize in The Age short-story award

Principal for Disease Prevention Professor Robert Power’s story ‘Meatloaf in Manhattan’ was featured in The Age.

09 January, 2012

Burnet research shows Australia is biggest user of marijuana

Research published in The Lancet has revealed around 200 million people use illicit drugs each year.

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