News (2014)

December, 2014 (11)

22 December, 2014

2014 in Review: January - June

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

22 December, 2014

2014 In Review: July - December

Our review of Burnet’s landmark events and key moments in 2014 continues.

18 December, 2014

How cuts to foreign aid will reduce health care in the region

Burnet Institute Deputy Director, Professor Mike Toole, addresses the federal government’s cuts to foreign aid.

17 December, 2014

Study aims to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia

Burnet Institute’s Professor Margaret Hellard to head a new study aiming to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia.

16 December, 2014

Disappointment over foreign aid cuts

The Burnet Institute is profoundly disappointed with the government’s foreign aid budget cuts of $3.7 billion.

15 December, 2014

Vale: Professor Don Metcalf AC

Professor Don Metcalf AC, one of Australia’s leading medical researchers has passed away aged 85.

10 December, 2014

Burnet welcomes MRFF revised funding package

Burnet Institute has welcomed the revised funding package for the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.

09 December, 2014

Burnet takes HMHB to the top in PNG

Professor Brendan Crabb talks Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Mr Peter O’Neill.

02 December, 2014

mHIVE to promote collaboration

Opportunities for networking and collaboration in HIV research will be facilitated by a new body, the Melbourne HIV Exchange, or mHIVE.

01 December, 2014

WAD2014: Getting to Zero - is it possible?

World AIDS Day keynote speaker Associate Professor Mark Stoové reflects on the challenges ahead.

01 December, 2014

Travel Awards to enhance Burnet research

Burnet Institute research will be enhanced by Travel Awards presented to Dr Jacqueline Flynn and Dr Joseph Doyle.

November, 2014 (12)

28 November, 2014

AIDS fight continues

World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to build on the momentum generated by the AIDS 2014 Conference, says Associate Professor Mark Stoové.

24 November, 2014

Ride for HIV a big achievement

Matt Perry admits to shedding a tear and feeling a sense of achievement after successfully completing his ‘Ride for HIV’.

21 November, 2014

New appointment for Associate Professor Heidi Drummer

Heidi Drummer has been appointed to the role of Deputy Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research.

20 November, 2014

Funding boost for fight against syphilis

The global fight against syphilis has received a significant boost through a special grant for Burnet research.

18 November, 2014

Burnet hosts FIND delegation

Burnet Institute played to host an executive delegation from the Geneva-based Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) on Tuesday.

15 November, 2014

Professor Sharon Lewin is Melburnian of the Year

Former Burnet Institute researcher, Professor Sharon Lewin, has been named Melburnian of the Year for 2014.

14 November, 2014

Poster prize for Kieran Cashin

Burnet’s Kieran Cashin has won the prestigious AbbVie Student Poster Award at the AusBiotech 2014 National Conference.

09 November, 2014

Burnet launches Saving Newborn Lives appeal

Burnet has launched an appeal to save the lives of newborns in Papua New Guinea.

06 November, 2014

Research Award for Mr Alastair Lucas AM

Former Burnet Institute Chair, Mr Alastair Lucas AM, has been honoured with a 2014 Research Australia Award.

05 November, 2014

CREIDU support for WHO Opioid Overdose Guidelines

CREIDU supporting WHO Guidelines on the Community Management of Opioid Overdose.

04 November, 2014

How would Papua New Guinea deal with Ebola?

Professor Mike Toole addresses the issue of Papua New Guinea’s preparedness for Ebola.

03 November, 2014

Travel grants facilitate collaboration

Congratulations to Burnet Institute’s Dr Jacqueline Flynn and Dr Gaoqian Feng, who are recipients of Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grants.

October, 2014 (14)

31 October, 2014

Serina Cucuzza to AusBiotech board

Burnet’s Serina Cucuzza excited by her appointment to the board of biotech industry body, AusBiotech.

30 October, 2014

Behind the Microscope Discovery Tour a great hit!

Thanks to all our supporters who came and to our immunologists who shared their passion about their work.

29 October, 2014

Burnet welcomes review to strengthen independent MRIs

The Federal Government review will identify ways to increase efficiency and collaboration of iMRIs.

28 October, 2014

Professor Crabb hands over AAMRI leadership baton

Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb’s fixed term as AAMRI President has ended.

24 October, 2014

World Polio Day: Pakistan children going unvaccinated

To achieve a polio-free world every child needs to be immunised until transmission stops.

22 October, 2014

Australian humanitarian agencies issue joint call to action on Ebola.

Burnet Institute supports ACFID call to action for the Australian government.

20 October, 2014

IMPACT: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies special edition!

Dr Michelle Hendel talks about the preventable deaths of women and children in Papua New Guinea.

19 October, 2014

iCRL's focus on blood spots

Burnet’s international Clinical Research Laboratory has been accredited by the World Health Organization for HIV-1 Drug Resistance testing from dried blood spots.

17 October, 2014

Burnet Institute researchers acknowledged in NHMRC funding round

Burnet Institute has been awarded more than $7.6 million in NHMRC Grants.

16 October, 2014

Medical Research Future Fund a potential game changer

In Life Scientist, Professor Brendan Crabb outlines why the science community needs to get behind it.

15 October, 2014

Living Positive Award for Burnet

Burnet Institute has been acknowledged with a special award from Living Positive Victoria for its initiatives to improve the health of people living with HIV.

09 October, 2014

Burnet studies shed light on sexual behaviour of teenagers

Dr Megan Lim is presenting the findings at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference.

06 October, 2014

Teenagers having sex earlier: study

Burnet study reveals the age when teenagers are first having sex is declining.

September, 2014 (14)

29 September, 2014

Matt's Ride for HIV

Support Matt Perry’s ride in Perth on 21 November to raise funds for Burnet Institute research into HIV.

22 September, 2014

Burnet welcomes support to address appalling maternal mortality in PNG

Australia’s parliamentarians at HMHB launch today in Canberra.

21 September, 2014

Burnet's promising young researchers recognised

Kieran Cashin and Dr Cath Latham were among the prize winners at the AMREP EMCR Conference in Melbourne.

17 September, 2014

Young scientists showcase their work at AMREP Conference

Federal Greens MP, the Hon. Adam Bandt, addresses AMREP Conference.

16 September, 2014

Campaign launched to ensure MRFF becomes a reality

Mr Alastair Lucas AM and Professor Brendan Crabb supporting the campaign

14 September, 2014

Study shows sexting has become commonplace among youth

Nearly half a cohort of people aged 16 to 29 had ‘sexted’ in the past year, a study by Dr Megan Lim has found.

11 September, 2014

Two NHMRC Senior Research Fellowships for Burnet

Congratulations to Dr Meredith O’Keeffe for her NHMRC Fellowship and to Professor James Beeson for his renewal.

10 September, 2014

Burnet Chair, Alastair Lucas AM taking extended leave due to illness

We wish Alastair, his family and close friends well as he takes on this unexpected challenge.

10 September, 2014

Burnet researchers uncover proteins crucial for effective malaria vaccines

These new findings are published in the international journal BMC Medicine.

09 September, 2014

Professor Robert Power delivers Fenner Lecture

Professor Robert Power delivered the 2014 Fenner Lecture to a large audience at Burnet Institute.

09 September, 2014

Don’t panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth

Burnet’s Dr Brendan Quinn discusses effective responses to crystal meth use in Australia.

08 September, 2014

Burnet farewells Professor Sharon Lewin

The Board and staff at Burnet extend our best wishes to Professor Lewin in her new role.

03 September, 2014

Medical investment by government tends to stimulate philanthropy

Read Professor Crabb and Professor Bennett’s article in The Australian.

01 September, 2014

Australia’s medical research sector backs the Medical Research Future Fund

Chair Alastair Lucas and CEO, Brendan Crabb supporting MRFF.

August, 2014 (9)

28 August, 2014

HIV researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

Dr Jacqueline Flynn has been awarded a Victoria Fellowship, enabling her to travel to Europe for specialist training.

21 August, 2014

Burnet Institute and University of Hong Kong in new collaboration

A joint project between Burnet and the University of Hong Kong aims to develop a cheap point-of-care malaria test.

20 August, 2014

Burnet celebrates National Science Week

We would like to thank you for supporting our scientists in their pursuit of life-changing discoveries!

19 August, 2014

Professor Robert Power to deliver the 2014 Fenner Lecture

“Implementing research to further development: drugs, sex and participatory approaches.”

14 August, 2014

Student Information Night provides answers

The AMREP Student Information Night attracted huge interest from those considering study at Burnet Institute.

07 August, 2014

Burnet collaborator wins top science award

Malaria researcher, Dr Faith Osier has been awarded the prestigious African Royal Society Pfizer Prize.

07 August, 2014

Study advances understanding of malaria immunity

Burnet research reveals how antibodies ‘tag’ malaria, helping the immune system destroy parasites.

06 August, 2014

Medical research a major export earner

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Garry Jennings write about the value of international collaborations.

05 August, 2014

Immunisation infrastructure almost at breaking point

WHO has made a call-to-action to improve infrastructure for immunisation delivery in developing countries.

July, 2014 (24)

29 July, 2014

Collaboration will advance malaria vaccine development

Burnet and ARTES Biotechnology have joined forces to develop a malaria vaccine in a PATH MVI-funded project.

28 July, 2014

World Hepatitis Day: Hepatitis C elimination is possible

Burnet’s Professor Margaret Hellard said there should be greater focus on treating people who inject drugs.

25 July, 2014

Burnet project nominated for Saving Lives at Birth award

The point-of-care test will rapidly and accurately diagnose active syphilis allowing for immediate treatment.

25 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: "It's amazing, we've done it!"

After five days of HIV science, knowledge sharing, advocacy and activism, AIDS 2014 has drawn to a close.

24 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Engagement Tours at Burnet Institute

Delegates of the AIDS 2014 Conference visited Burnet Institute for an interactive tour of the laboratories.

24 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Burnet Institute research showcased

There was a significant amount of Burnet research posters on display at the AIDS 2014 conference.

23 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: An AIDS-free world is just over the horizon

Former US President Bill Clinton outlines the Clinton Foundation’s work in scaling up treatment.

23 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Canadian Health Minister tours Burnet Institute

The Honorable Rona Ambrose met with Burnet researchers and public health specialists.

22 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Urgent need for TB rapid point-of-care test

Burnet researchers are developing a rapid point-of-care (RPOC) test that will diagnose TB with just a drop of blood.

21 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Tributes paid to delegates lost in MH17

Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi leads delegates in a one-minute global moment of remembrance.

21 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Ruthless honesty essential to fight AIDS

Professor Brendan Crabb and Michael Kirby write on the importance of the Melbourne Declaration.

19 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Meeting of NHMRC study collaborators

International partners on a Burnet-led project investigating the acceleration of antiretroviral initiation in mothers and infants have met in Melbourne.

19 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights

The International Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consortium at the Global Village.

18 July, 2014

Burnet Institute Statement Malaysian Airlines MH17

Burnet Institute expresses its sincere sadness at receiving the news regarding Malaysian Airlines MH17.

18 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: International Burnet staff visit from PNG

John Indoro and Hadlee Supsup’s two-week visit will strengthen relationships with the Melbourne office.

18 July, 2014

Medical institutes top in quality of research grant applications

The Australian reports that Burnet scored in the top three in ranking of institutes by grant application quality.

17 July, 2014

Major breakthrough in quest for new malaria drugs

Victorian scientists have made a major breakthrough in the race to find new drugs to fight malaria.

17 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Transmission: The Journey from AIDS to HIV

Transmission is a profound film capturing the changes of Australia’s and Cambodia’s response to the AIDS epidemic.

17 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Conversation Hour at Burnet Institute

ABC 774’s Jon Faine took a guided tour of the Institute learning about our HIV research.

16 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: CREIDU Colloquium

HIV and HCV treatment as prevention in people who inject drugs was the focus of today’s CREIDU Colloquium.

13 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: The Experts Talk 2

VIDEO: Nobel Laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and UNAIDS Executive Director, Mr Michel Sidibé give their perspectives on the HIV epidemic.

08 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: The Experts Talk

VIDEO: Hear what it was really like facing the AIDS epidemic in Australia in the ‘80s from Professor Ian Gust AO and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

03 July, 2014

AIDS 2014: Burnet Institute endorses Melbourne Declaration

Without adhering to the principles of the declaration, an effective response to HIV is impossible.

03 July, 2014

Inaugural Crockett-Murphy Travel Award

Mr Hadlee Supsup from PNG and Dr Zaw Min Oo from Myanmar are the inaugural recipients.

June, 2014 (9)

30 June, 2014

Burnet @ AIDS 2014: At the forefront of cutting edge HIV research

Since our earliest days we have been at the forefront of HIV research.

25 June, 2014

Clinton, Geldof and Sidibé to present at AIDS 2014

Burnet’s Professor Sharon Lewin said attendance of such high profile leaders shows HIV remains a global challenge.

25 June, 2014

Tackling HIV latency: A path to a cure for HIV

Professor Sharon Lewin spoke at a Burnet’s Director’s Seminar about her latest research towards a cure for HIV.

16 June, 2014

Public health specialists on stand by for disasters

ARM Network brings together Australian experts who can rush to disasters around the country and the world.

12 June, 2014

Burnet @ AIDS 2014: Engaging with the global response to HIV and AIDS

Professor Mike Toole AM reflects on Burnet’s role since the 1990s.

12 June, 2014

Call to Action to Scale up Global Hepatitis Response

A powerful new tool to raise awareness of viral hepatitis globally has been released by the WHO.

11 June, 2014

Dr Michael Roche awarded prestigious Frank Fenner NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Dr Roche is working to better understand the earliest steps of the HIV life cycle.

11 June, 2014

WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health

Report reveals road traffic injuries, HIV and AIDS, and suicide as the leading causes of death.

05 June, 2014

Countdown to AIDS 2014 conference!

It’s just six weeks away until the Conference and Burnet will be there!

May, 2014 (11)

30 May, 2014

1000th rapid HIV test at PRONTO!

Victoria’s first community-based rapid HIV test clinic has celebrated completing its 1000th test since opening just nine months ago.

27 May, 2014

A remarkable year for the Burnet Institute

The 2013 Annual Report highlights the Institute’s significant achievements and looks to the future.

22 May, 2014

CIA stops fake vaccination programs, but will it matter?

Professor Mike Toole AM writes for The Conversation about the impact of using the programs as a cover to spy.

21 May, 2014

Leading malaria researcher the 2014 Gust-McKenzie Medallist

Dr Freya Fowkes said it was a great honour to receive the prestigious award.

21 May, 2014

Jim and Margaret Beever Fellowship awarded

Burnet econometrician Dr Nick Scott was presented as the 2014 Beever Fellow at the Institute’s AGM.

17 May, 2014

Researchers find the funding cure

The Australian newspaper interviews Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Doug Hilton about the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.

14 May, 2014

Medical Research Future Fund an investment in Australia’s health

Burnet welcomes Federal Government’s investment of $20billion into medical research.

08 May, 2014

World's leading vaccine experts in Melbourne

The AVID Conference discussed emerging concepts in vaccine design and immunotherapeutic drug development.

07 May, 2014

Inspirational around-the-world cyclist visits Burnet

A young Australian has ridden from England to Australia raising money for cancer research.

05 May, 2014

Special HIV edition of IMPACT out now!

More than 170 scientists and health professionals are working on HIV at Burnet - find out more!

01 May, 2014

First-ever hepatitis C treatment guidelines released

The WHO has released the guidelines based on reviews of the best and latest scientific evidence.

April, 2014 (15)

30 April, 2014

Burnet Institute welcomes Global Health Melbourne Plan

This State Government Plan will have the potential to create new business opportunities for Victoria overseas.

30 April, 2014

Burnet honours student awarded John Monash Scholarship

Genevieve Martin will head to Oxford University to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Medicine.

29 April, 2014

Burnet celebrates Day of Immunology with Discovery Tours

Keen members of the public met our immunologists and enjoyed their special tour ‘behind the scenes’.

24 April, 2014

World Malaria Day - Drug Resistance

Is history repeating itself? Dr Freya Fowkes talks about drug-resistance in the Asia/Pacfic region.

24 April, 2014

STI and BBV prevention gets multi-million dollar boost

The Federal Government’s $22.45 million will target priority groups including people who inject drugs.

23 April, 2014

Ill times for medical research as institutes face ballooning costs

The Age highlights the funding crisis Victorian medical research institutes face as support declines.

16 April, 2014

11 April, 2014

Burnet secures medical R&D agreement in China

AUD$5million agreement with GuoMinXinHe Investment Fund to develop low-cost diagnostic tests.

08 April, 2014

ABC News 24 features Burnet's malaria work

Professor James Beeson, Dr Freya Fowkes and Geoffrey Chan were interviewed for a World Health Day story.

07 April, 2014

Global burden of vector-borne diseases the focus of World Health Day 2014

Fascinating insights into the threat these diseases pose for our region.

07 April, 2014

Jade Davis wins Edelmira Peregrino Go International Health Student of the Year award

Find out more about what sparked her interest in international health.

04 April, 2014

Test it. Treat it. Beat it. Call for rapid testing to end hepatitis

Professor Margaret Hellard among experts calling for rapid testing for people at risk of having hepatitis.

03 April, 2014

Burnet launches three-year Myanmar program

Evidence to Action: Burnet Myanmar 2014 to 2016 was launched at a special event in Yangon.

02 April, 2014

If it's broke, fix it: Moving from three to five year grants

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Doug Hilton write for The Australian on proposed changes to NHMRC grants.

01 April, 2014

Burnet visits innovative research centre in Bangladesh

Delegation tours icddr,b to see first hand great work it is undertaking in research and care.

March, 2014 (7)

28 March, 2014

Eliminating hepatitis C - an ambitious but achievable goal

Professor Margaret Hellard writes for The Conversation about overcoming barriers to hepatitis C treatment.

24 March, 2014

Advocates push for Australia to take greater role against TB

Burnet among TB experts and advocates who briefed Federal politicians in Canberra about the TB crisis.

18 March, 2014

Supporting Emerging HIV Scientists Appeal

Janet is making discoveries that nobody else has made before.

17 March, 2014

Drug-resistant tuberculosis: collaborative regional leadership required

Four leading Australian TB physicians call for coordinated action against DR-TB

07 March, 2014

Burnet celebrates International Women's Day

Thanks to the 100 women who joined us to raise awareness about the need to create change for young women.

07 March, 2014

Chloe Bryce-Shorten joins call for health equality for women

Supporter of Burnet Institute, Ms Chloe Bryce-Shorten has made the call on the eve of International Women’s Day.

03 March, 2014

Burnet researchers reveal weakness in malaria's coat

Researchers gain insights into how malaria infects cells that will advance quest for new drugs and vaccines.

February, 2014 (6)

28 February, 2014

Professor Ian Gust AO honoured at special tribute dinner

More than 120 people joined Professor Gust to celebrate his stellar career spanning four decades.

19 February, 2014

Victorian medical research takes centre stage at Parliament House

Celebrating 99 years of Victorian medical research achievements.

18 February, 2014

Kate Cantwell receives NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship

Her PhD is focused on identifying ambulance demand to inform ambulance practice.

13 February, 2014

Australia’s medical research institutes exceed national and global benchmarks

AAMRI welcomes NHMRC bibliometric report, Measuring Up 2013.

12 February, 2014

Cost barriers to access HIV treatment in Victoria

Burnet research makes recommendations to reduce financial barriers to HIV treatment.

10 February, 2014

Professor Sharon Lewin to head up Doherty Institute

Burnet congratulates Professor Lewin on being appointed inaugural Director.

January, 2014 (4)

31 January, 2014

Burnet receives grant to rollout revolutionary HIV test

The Institute has received US$1.6 million from UNITAID to kick start field evaluation studies of VISITECT® CD4.

28 January, 2014

Burnet celebrates 10 years at Big Day Out

No amount of rain could dampen Burnet’s spirits, celebrating 10 years of research at Melbourne’s Big Day Out.

13 January, 2014

Midsumma Carnival attracts 90,000

The Count Study kicks off at Midsumma and we launched GLOVEMAN!

06 January, 2014

Social media’s role in health

Can smartphones and social media help us make good health decisions?

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