News (2015)

December, 2015 (16)

30 December, 2015

2015 in Review: January - June

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

30 December, 2015

2015 in Review: July - December

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

27 December, 2015

World-first project seeks funding

Donations needed to create an online guide to teach young people about pornography and sexting to reduce potential harms.

21 December, 2015

HCV cure drugs available to all Australians

Professor Margaret Hellard welcomes landmark Federal Government decision to put HCV treatments on PBS.

16 December, 2015

Naloxone access welcomed

Moves to make the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone available over the counter have been welcomed by Professor Paul Dietze.

15 December, 2015

Burnet Travel Awards

Dr Megan Lim, Head of Sexual Health Research in the Centre for Population Health, among the winners of the 2015 Burnet Institute Travel Awards.

11 December, 2015

A gift in your Will can create a healthier world

Every bequest can make a difference.

11 December, 2015

Viewpoints on HIV reservoirs

Burnet Institute’s Associate Professor Melissa Churchill has contributed to a commentary on HIV reservoirs published in Nature Reviews Microbiology

09 December, 2015

Medical research critical to Australia’s innovation future

Burnet Institute welcomes the Turnbull Government’s Innovation and Science Agenda.

08 December, 2015

Farewell to Board member John Dowling

After 15 years of outstanding service, John Dowling is stepping down from the Burnet Board.

08 December, 2015

New horizons for PRONTO!

The community-based, peer-led HIV point-of-care testing service, PRONTO! is set take a significant step forward with the integration of screening for STIs.

07 December, 2015

MRDC supporting HMHB program

The Mineral Resources Development Company in PNG generously offers support for Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program.

05 December, 2015

TB award for Professor Steve Graham

Burnet’s Professor Steve Graham has been honoured with one of the premier global prizes for tuberculosis research.

01 December, 2015

Leading young HIV researchers present at WAD 2015

World AIDS Day celebrations concluded with the mHIVE Symposium at Doherty Institute.

01 December, 2015

World AIDS Day 2015 – a day of reflection, aspiration and hope

Getting to Zero was the key message at the Victorian community launch.

01 December, 2015

Burnet support for HIV initiative

Burnet Associate Professor Mark Stoové is confident Melbourne will make the most of its status as Australia’s first Fast-Track City.

November, 2015 (13)

25 November, 2015

Myanmar trek via Canberra

The focus of preparations for a commemorative trek to raise funds to assist Burnet’s work in Myanmar shifted to Canberra on Tuesday night.

23 November, 2015

Nossal Medal for Professor David Wilson

Professor Wilson awarded Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health by the Australian Academy of Science.

23 November, 2015

Myanmar: Improving public health in a sustainable way

The latest edition of IMPACT looks at the important work of Burnet in Myanmar.

20 November, 2015

Honour for Professor James McCluskey

Former Burnet board member Professor James McCluskey has won the 2015 GSK Award for Research Excellence.

19 November, 2015

Professor Sharon Lewin wins Research Australia award

Burnet board member Professor Sharon Lewin honoured with of one of Research Australia’s most prestigious awards.

18 November, 2015

Fenner Award for Professor James Beeson

Burnet malaria researcher Professor James Beeson has been recognised with the prestigious Fenner Award.

17 November, 2015

New Burnet, Deakin collaboration

Health services and education in Myanmar will benefit from a collaborative partnership between Burnet Institute and Deakin University.

11 November, 2015

Research award acknowledges team effort

Burnet malaria scientist Dr Michelle Boyle regards a prestigious award as acknowledgement of a great team effort.

10 November, 2015

Focus on STIs in Timor-Leste

Burnet Institute research has established a new diagnostic service for sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Timor Leste using world-class approaches.

09 November, 2015

Burnet's NHMRC success rate among Australia's best

The Institute’s success rate for project grant applications was double the national average.

09 November, 2015

Child undernutrition target of NHMRC grant

A Burnet project in Lao PDR awarded $1.5 million NHMRC grant.

05 November, 2015

Burnet launches HIV Drug Discovery Appeal

Side effects from existing HIV drugs can be life-threatening. Your gift will help us find new drugs against HIV.

04 November, 2015

Explainer: what is naloxone and how can it help save drug users who overdose?

Burnet’s Professor Paul Dietze helps explain naloxone in The Conversation.

October, 2015 (17)

31 October, 2015

Achieving malaria elimination: the challenges ahead

Professor James Beeson writes for the latest edition of IMPACT about the momentum towards malaria elimination.

27 October, 2015

Professor David Wilson welcomed to Burnet

World-leading infectious disease modeller, Professor Wilson will work across the Institute’s three centres.

27 October, 2015

Next step for world's first malaria vaccine

The World Health Organization says several pilot projects needed to assess new vaccine, RTS,S.

22 October, 2015

AMREP Prize for Burnet research

Burnet scientists have been awarded the major prize at AMREP Health Week for their research into a protein essential to the growth of malaria parasites.

22 October, 2015

Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet Address

Key Challenges In Global Health was the theme of Professor Brendan Crabb’s Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet Address.

21 October, 2015

Burnet a key to Monash Partners

Professor Christina Mitchell has paid tribute to Burnet’s unique role within the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre.

20 October, 2015

Time for the final push to eradicate polio

Professor Brendan Crabb AC has joined other eminent Australians at Parliament House in a call to end polio.

19 October, 2015

What's the fuss about the MRFF?

Burnet Institute supports a new campaign to promote the Medical Research Future Fund.

19 October, 2015

Leadership needed on prison needle and syringe programs

Associate Professor Mark Stoové has led a group of experts calling for widespread adoption of PNSPs.

16 October, 2015

Director's Seminar: Professor Jim Kazura

Paradoxes in malaria elimination: Less infection, more disease.

12 October, 2015

CREIDU Colloquium 2015: Five minute talk can save a life

Prisons: Opportunities and challenges towards improving the health of people who inject drugs.

08 October, 2015

Addressing HIV in the Philippines

Burnet researcher Chad Hughes is helping to address a steady and worrying rise in HIV among young people in the Philippines.

06 October, 2015

Cutting-edge, Melbourne-based contract research organisation launched

Burnet’s IMF and Innoviron are excited to announce the launch of 360biolabs.

05 October, 2015

2015 Burnet Oration: Planetary Prospects and Possibilities

Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, Dr Richard Horton delivers an Oration to remember.

05 October, 2015

Tackling climate change for human health

Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Dr Richard Horton gives a taste of what to expect at tonight’s Burnet Oration.

02 October, 2015

Burnet's young malaria researchers shine at MiM

Dr Ricardo Ataide and Dr Herbert Opi both received prizes for their presentations at the 2015 Malaria in Melbourne conference.

01 October, 2015

Exporting medical research expertise to China

Historic agreement between Victoria and the Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces signed.

September, 2015 (13)

29 September, 2015

Governor visits Burnet

Burnet Institute Patron-in-Chief, The Hon Linda Dessau AM has visited Burnet to meet with our leading scientists and public health researchers.

29 September, 2015

Palmer Laboratory focus on HIV Immunometabolism

Dr Clovis Palmer to head a new Burnet Institute research laboratory for HIV Immunometabolism.

23 September, 2015

NHMRC Award for Burnet researchers

Professors Brendan Crabb and James Beeson have been acknowledged with one of the NHMRC’s highest honours.

18 September, 2015

Burnet supports PLDI Scholarship

VAC board member Craig Burnett is the recipient of a Positive Leadership Development Institute scholarship sponsored by Burnet Institute.

18 September, 2015

Award for Sexual Health research

Dr Megan Lim has been honoured with the 2015 Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA) Mid-Career Interdisciplinary Achiever Award.

17 September, 2015

Burnet Institute Chair, Robert Milne visits PNG

Mr Milne visited Burnet’s malaria and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies programs.

17 September, 2015

Study supports PRONTO! expansion

A Burnet study has found the HIV testing service PRONTO! would be enhanced by the integration of screening for STIs.

16 September, 2015

Meth fight requires new focus

The popular perception of an ice epidemic can be attributed in part to the failure of law enforcement strategies targeting users rather than suppliers.

15 September, 2015

Report reveals HIV transmission in Australia declining

Kirby Institute’s annual report on HIV, hepatitis and STIs released at World STI and HIV Congress.

11 September, 2015

Polio demands vigilance

Among recent great gains in polio reduction, news of three infected children is a significant reminder that no country can be complacent.

07 September, 2015

Promising HIV cure drugs less effective on the virus in the brain

Study reveals two of the most promising HIV ‘cure agents’ might not work as well in the brain as it does in blood.

01 September, 2015

Lives changed with better vision

An innovative program training older community members to promote eye health has improved thousands of lives in Sri Lanka.

01 September, 2015

The pros and cons of PrEP

Burnet HIV researcher Dr Clovis Palmer canvasses the pros and cons of PrEP for the latest edition of HIV Australia.

August, 2015 (14)

31 August, 2015

Report supports take-home naloxone

The ACT’s innovative take-home naloxone program has been endorsed as a life-saver by Professor Paul Dietze.

28 August, 2015

TB Conference to lead the fight

The Regional Conference of the International Union Against TB & Lung Disease gives Australia the chance to demonstrate its commitment.

26 August, 2015

Infectious disease advocacy a challenge

Advocacy for research into infectious diseases is more challenging in light of changing community perceptions.

20 August, 2015

Burnet hosts Jiangsu Government delegation

Burnet’s China program team has hosted a senior delegation from Jiangsu province, Victoria’s sister state in China.

17 August, 2015

14 August, 2015

Strong interest in Student Night

The scientists of tomorrow discovered more about what’s possible, what’s available and how Burnet can help them at the AMREP Student Information Night.

12 August, 2015

MRFF a fait accompli

The creation of the Medical Research Future Fund presents Australia with a rare opportunity for improved health and economic outcomes.

11 August, 2015

China a growing health market

China’s growing demand for health solutions presents Australian business and research bodies with unprecedented opportunities.

10 August, 2015

Hepatitis C elimination viable

With the development of a clear strategy, hepatitis C can be eliminated in Australia within the next 15 years, according to Professor Margaret Hellard.

07 August, 2015

Strong interest in Australia China Health Summit

There’s been strong interest from the sector in opportunities to engage at the Australia China Health Summit.

06 August, 2015

Burnet takes malaria tests to new frontiers

A new diagnostic test to inform the safe use of antimalarial drugs is about to be applied where it’s most needed.

04 August, 2015

Burnet Chair Rob Milne

Burnet Chair Rob Milne has pledged to do all in his power to honour the ‘amazing contribution’ of the late Alastair Lucas AO.

04 August, 2015

Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund

Former Burnet Institute Chair Alastair Lucas AO is to be honoured with an endowment fund in his name.

03 August, 2015

Alastair Lucas honoured at Tribute Service

Former Burnet Chair Alastair Lucas AO has been honoured at a Tribute Service in Melbourne.

July, 2015 (16)

31 July, 2015

New measure for malaria exposure

Burnet Institute has played a key role in the development of new tests to measure exposure to malaria.

29 July, 2015

Malaria elimination demands multiple targets

Burnet’s Professor James Beeson and Dr Freya Fowkes advocate for a range of vaccine approaches to eliminate malaria.

28 July, 2015

Turning point for hepatitis treatment

Hepatology medicine is on the threshold of massive changes, according to Burnet Institute’s Professor Margaret Hellard.

23 July, 2015

Burnet appointment to NHMRC Council

Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been appointed to the Council of the NHMRC.

23 July, 2015

Call for greater innovation in HIV diagnostics at IAS 2015

The Burnet-developed VISITECT® CD4 diagnostic test highlighted in conference sessions.

23 July, 2015

Burnet's focus on beriberi

Burnet research in Lao PDR is helping to address the serious problem of beriberi which can be fatal for infants.

21 July, 2015

Natasha Stott Despoja returns to Burnet

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, is taking up a new role as a Burnet Patron.

17 July, 2015

Tick for Myanmar Drop-in Centres

Burnet’s Drop-in Centres in Myanmar have been resoundingly endorsed by Burnet’s Head, Centre for International Health, Professor Robert Power.

14 July, 2015

Dame Quentin Bryce visits Burnet

Burnet Institute Patron and former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce has visited the Institute during a trip to Melbourne.

13 July, 2015

Victorian Governor is Burnet Patron-in-Chief

The Victorian Governor, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, is Burnet Institute’s new Patron-in-Chief.

09 July, 2015

Tributes flow for Alastair Lucas AO

We share with you the many tributes to our former Chairman, friend and passionate supporter, Alastair.

09 July, 2015

Burnet research identifies malaria predator

Burnet Institute researchers have identified the type of monocyte best equipped to attack the malaria parasite.

06 July, 2015

Vale Alastair Field Lucas AO, Burnet Chairman

It is with deep sadness Burnet Institute acknowledges the passing of Alastair.

03 July, 2015

New insights into immune system attack on malaria

Burnet scientists have identified a means by which human antibodies stop malaria from invading red blood cells.

02 July, 2015

HIV research attracts Nature's interest

Burnet HIV research has been reviewed and promoted in the prestigious journal, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.

01 July, 2015

Maria Myers a Burnet Patron

Burnet Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Maria Myers AO as a Patron of the Institute.

June, 2015 (11)

30 June, 2015

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies lab officially opened in Kokopo

Samples from mothers and babies are being analysed for STIs and other diseases.

25 June, 2015

Historic launch of HMHB program in Kokopo

Papua New Guinean partners join Burnet for launch of five-year maternal and child health program in PNG.

22 June, 2015

SCOPE casts light on social media

An new online hub, SCOPE, gives young people to access to advice and real life stories relating to issues arising from social media.

22 June, 2015

Sir Kostas Constantinou a Burnet Patron

Burnet’s links with PNG have been strengthened by the appointment of Sir Kostas Constantinou as a Patron.

21 June, 2015

Cancer Appeal needs your support

The Burnet Cancer Treatment Discoveries Appeal is edging ever closer to its target, but your support is urgently needed.

17 June, 2015

Health kit for PNG men

A new set of interactive activities will help young men in PNG make informed decisions about sexual health, alcohol and drug use.

16 June, 2015

Burnet welcomes Health For Development Strategy

Burnet Institute has welcomed the Australian Government’s new Health For Development Strategy.

16 June, 2015

Strong support for PNG health

Senior political figures from Australia and Papua New Guinea gave their support to Burnet’s celebration of achievements in health in PNG.

15 June, 2015

Challenges and achievements in PNG health

This year marks 40 years of challenges and achievements in health since Independence for Papua New Guinea.

10 June, 2015

Youth survey challenges expectations

A high proportion of young people who don’t identify as heterosexual is one of the features of a Burnet Institute survey.

08 June, 2015

AO honour for Alastair Lucas

Former Burnet Institute Chair, Mr Alastair Lucas has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

May, 2015 (18)

28 May, 2015

Burnet's Yunnan ties enhanced

Burnet Institute has hosted a delegation from the Yunnan government in South West China to discuss potential collaboration opportunities.

27 May, 2015

Important step for MRFF

Burnet Institute has welcomed the tabling of legislation to establish the MRFF and urged all members and senators to support its passage.

20 May, 2015

The Gust-McKenzie Medal to Dr Megan Lim

Dr Megan Lim has been awarded the 2015 Gust-McKenzie Medal for her research into young people’s health.

20 May, 2015

Dr Nick Scott is Beever Fellow again

Burnet researcher Dr Nick Scott delighted to be named the Jim and Margaret Beever Fellow for the second year running.

20 May, 2015

2014 Burnet Annual Financial Report now online

Excelllence - Innovation - Impact - A record-breaking year for Burnet!

20 May, 2015

2014 - a year of highlights and records!

Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has hailed 2014 as a year of highlights and records.

19 May, 2015

18 May, 2015

International health expert, Ms Helen Evans appointed to Burnet Board

We welcome former Deputy CEO of GAVI to the Burnet Board.

15 May, 2015

PRONTO! funding welcomed

The renewal of State Government funding for the PRONTO! rapid HIV testing service has been warmly welcomed by Associate Professor Mark Stoové.

15 May, 2015

Higher purity causing 'ice' harm

The ‘ice crisis’ in Victoria has much to do with an increase in methamphetamine purity, according to Burnet’s Professor Paul Dietze.

14 May, 2015

Science pledge encouraging

The scientific community should feel encouraged by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s Budget reply, according to Burnet CEO Professor Brendan Crabb.

14 May, 2015

Australian Ambassador opens Nanjing BioPoint R&D laboratory in China

A major step forward in our vision of a long-term engagement in China.

12 May, 2015

Medical research a Budget winner

Burnet Institute has welcomed the Federal Government’s renewed 2015-16 budget commitment to the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

11 May, 2015

Burnet hosts Myanmar Australia Awards Fellows

The next generation of leaders in health and education in Myanmar is visiting Burnet for specialist training.

07 May, 2015

This Mother's Day spare a thought for mums and their babies in PNG

Consider a gift to our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program.

06 May, 2015

Seminar on HIV resources

Burnet Institute was pleased to host Associate Professor David Wilson for a Director’s Seminar on making the most of HIV resources.

05 May, 2015

New ‘China Guide’ to support Australian medtech companies

Burnet’s Nanjing BioPoint initiative is featured in the guide.

04 May, 2015

Help us fit out Kokopo lab

Our first HMHB project is underway but we need help. Give today to support this life-saving initiative to save lives in PNG.

April, 2015 (7)

29 April, 2015

Day of Immunology Tour

Several of Burnet’s young scientists talked about their research into new vaccines at the Day of Immunology Discovery Tour.

28 April, 2015

Focus on maternal mortality in Zimbabwe

A project milestone to address maternal mortality in Zimbabwe with the opening of new maternity waiting homes.

27 April, 2015

Nepal earthquake

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and those on the ground responding to the earthquake disaster.

24 April, 2015

Symposium on malaria elimination

The latest malaria research was canvassed at Burnet’s symposium ‘Working Towards Malaria Elimination’.

23 April, 2015

Boost for TB fight in Timor-Leste

The fight against tuberculosis in Timor-Leste has advanced with the launch of a Burnet-supported machine to provide rapid and accurate diagnosis.

13 April, 2015

GLBTIQ Focus Group

Burnet Institute is seeking participants for a focus group, which aims to improve the language of our annual sexual health survey.

07 April, 2015

World Health Day Focus - Collaborative Research

The Australian Institute of International Affairs highlighted Burnet’s HMHB program on World Health Day.

March, 2015 (12)

26 March, 2015

Fellowships for Burnet excellence

Burnet Professors Brendan Crabb AC and Suzanne Crowe AM have been elected fellows of the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

24 March, 2015

Burnet steps up fight against TB

Burnet Institute is prioritising the fight against tuberculosis (TB) with the announcement of the Burnet TB Initiative.

23 March, 2015

Burnet role in TB Forum

Burnet Institute has joined with Australia’s leading tuberculosis experts to launch a new collaborative network, TB Forum.

20 March, 2015

Vale Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC

It is with deep sadness Burnet Institute acknowledges the passing of the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC.

19 March, 2015

Burnet a research exemplar

Burnet Institute has been cited as an exemplar in health and medical research in an editorial in The Age advocating ongoing investment in science.

18 March, 2015

Discovery of malaria-blocking immune response opens door for vaccine

Burnet’s researchers in major advance towards a vaccine after 10 years of work!

09 March, 2015

Call out for SCOPE participants

The SCOPE (Social Connectivity: Online Perceptions and Experiences) project is currently recruiting 15-29 year olds for this study.

07 March, 2015

The invisible women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Burnet’s Dr Wendy Holmes pays tribute to the ‘invisible’ women of the developing world.

06 March, 2015

Research key to fight against HIV

On the eve of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Burnet is calling for increased support to implement new and innovative HIV prevention strategies.

05 March, 2015

Burnet celebrates International Women's Day

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies in the spotlight as Patron Dame Carol Kidu delivers the keynote address.

04 March, 2015

Dame Carol Kidu Patron for HMHB

Burnet Institute’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) program has a new and influential supporter in Dame Carol Kidu DBE.

02 March, 2015

Burnet supporting the fight against TB in PNG

Burnet Institute is supporting a new team to fight tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province.

February, 2015 (9)

27 February, 2015

Myanmar prepares for PrEP

Associate Professor Mark Stoové is confident the HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) prevention strategy has a role to play in Myanmar.

19 February, 2015

HIV research a total JOY

Burnet’s Dr Clovis Palmer has treated listeners to Melbourne’s JOY94.9 to a preview of his HIV research to be presented in the US later this month.

16 February, 2015

Why Australia needs a Medical Research Future Fund

Professor Crabb AC co-authored the MJA perspective with many of Australia’s medical sector leaders.

13 February, 2015

Burnet supports declaration on migrant health

Burnet is a signatory to a declaration urging the Government to reduce health inequities of migrants and refugees.

11 February, 2015

Professor Anne Kelso AO to head NHMRC

Burnet congratulates Professor Anne Kelso AO, appointed CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

10 February, 2015

Fund's focus on malaria, TB

Malaria and tuberculosis can be eliminated inside the next decade, according to Executive Director of the Global Fund, Dr Mark Dybul.

10 February, 2015

TB specialist Professor Steve Graham joins Burnet

Burnet Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Steve Graham, who joins as Senior Principal Research Fellow.

05 February, 2015

Research pinpoints TB resistance

Burnet scientists have played a key role in research that’s identified 15 genes thought to contribute to drug resistance in the most transmissible strain of tuberculosis (TB).

02 February, 2015

Pailin Research Project

An insight into some of the challenges faced while conducting malaria studies in a global hotspot for anti-malarial drug resistance on the Thai-Cambodia border.

January, 2015 (8)

26 January, 2015

AC honour for Burnet's Professor Brendan Crabb

He received a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his contributions to medical research and global health.

26 January, 2015

Former Burnet Director Professor John Mills awarded AO

Professor Mills has been honoured for distinguished service to medicine as a researcher and physician.

25 January, 2015

Burnet welcomes two new Directors

HIV researcher Professor Sharon Lewin and former WA Senator, Ms Louise Pratt join the Burnet Board.

23 January, 2015

Key role for Hep C Inquiry

Burnet’s Professor Margaret Hellard says the Parliamentary Inquiry into hepatitis C has a key role to play in the elimination of the disease in Australia.

19 January, 2015

PRONTO! a Midsumma success

There was enormous interest in the PRONTO! rapid HIV testing service, available for the first time at Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival.

19 January, 2015

No let up for Burnet at Midsumma

There was no let up for Burnet Institute staff at Sunday’s Midsumma Carnival as an estimated 100,000 people passed through Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens.

09 January, 2015

WHO must remain a strong global health leader post Ebola

Professor Mike Toole AM and Associate Professor Kate Cherry signatories to an Open Letter in The Lancet.

08 January, 2015

China ties strengthened

Burnet Institute has finalised a multimillion-dollar investment deal for Nanjing BioPoint Diagnostic Technology Ltd.

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