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December, 2016 (11)

20 December, 2016

2016 Year in Review: July to December

Our review of Burnet’s landmark events and key moments in 2016 continues.


20 December, 2016

2016 Year in Review: January to June

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


20 December, 2016

MDR-TB and malaria focus of $2 million research grant

Menzies and Burnet part of consortium to advance research into MDR-TB and malaria in the region.


16 December, 2016

Lara's learning experience

Sixteen-year-old Lara Davie is spending her last week of school for 2016 in a Burnet laboratory learning about HIV and potential career pathways.


13 December, 2016

Inaccurate reporting creates further stigma for hep C patients

Inaccurate reporting about Australia’s hepatitis C treatment program has created further stigma towards patients.


08 December, 2016

Compulsory drug detention shows higher relapse rates

Compulsory drug detention centres for opioid addiction have higher relapse rates than voluntary centres.


04 December, 2016

Dr Sarah Charnaud is Antarctica-bound

Burnet malaria researcher sets off on inaugural leadership expedition of women scientists.


02 December, 2016

NHMRC grants for Burnet researchers

Burnet researchers have been awarded more than $7.5 million in NHMRC grants and fellowships for 2017.


01 December, 2016

World AIDS Day launch: HIV is still here and it's on the move

HIV has not gone away in Victoria was a key message at today’s Victorian World AIDS Day launch.


01 December, 2016

HIV self-testing a priority

Burnet’s Associate Professor Mark Stoové calls for the introduction of HIV self-testing kits in Australia to increase the rate of HIV testing.


01 December, 2016

Burnet welcomes PrEPX regional expansion

Burnet Institute has welcomed the expansion of the PrEPX study into regional Victoria.

November, 2016 (12)

30 November, 2016

Role for Brendan Crabb on Victorian research panel

Burnet’s leader joins new panel to grow Victorian health and medical research.


29 November, 2016

Burnet launches Disease Elimination Strategy

Burnet’s bold, new strategy aims to eliminate four major diseases – HIV, malaria, TB and viral hepatitis.


29 November, 2016

MoU to benefit PNG health

Improved health services for the people of PNG is the goal of Burnet partnership with Oil Search Foundation Limited.


28 November, 2016

HIV and Ageing: The next hurdle

Ahead of World AIDS Day this week, we highlight research underway to improve age-related problems for people living with HIV.


24 November, 2016

Burnet tall poppy scoops three honours

Researcher Dr Michelle Boyle has been honoured for her research into malaria immunology.


18 November, 2016

Dispelling myths about research in international development

A Burnet project in Sri Lanka helps to counter misconceptions about the role of research in international development.


17 November, 2016

Lifetime contribition award to Professor Ian Gust AO

Burnet Institute’s founding Director, Professor Ian Gust AO awarded Research Australia’s prestigious Peter Wills Medal.


13 November, 2016

HMHB a healthcare innovator

Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies project wins ‘cutting edge’ endorsement for linking patient care with research.


10 November, 2016

Research priorities welcomed

Burnet welcomes the release of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities as a step forward for health and medical research.


09 November, 2016

Gust Fellowship for Jack Richards

Burnet Laboratory Head Dr Jack Richards is the inaugural winner of a new Burnet Institute award, The Gust Translational Fellowship.


03 November, 2016

Women In Science Appeal

Burnet launches new appeal to highlight and address the female exodus from science and technology.


03 November, 2016

Burnet projects in VicHealth finals

Burnet projects supporting HIV testing and the use of social media to address binge drinking are in the running for the 2016 VicHealth Awards.

October, 2016 (12)

27 October, 2016

NHMRC grants for Burnet research

Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian one of three Burnet researchers awarded NHMRC Research and Early Career Fellowships.


26 October, 2016

2016 Burnet Oration: Equity Through Better Health

Former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO delivered an inspirational 2016 Burnet Oration.


25 October, 2016

Burnet 2020

Burnet announces its ambitious strategic plan to improve the health of vulnerable communities around the world.


24 October, 2016

An end to polio?

On World Polio Day 2016, recent cases in Nigeria represent a setback, but the world is moving closer to eradication.


19 October, 2016

Zika: The New Global Health Threat

Zika’s long-term effects are still unknown says Burnet researchers in the latest IMPACT magazine.


14 October, 2016

AIDS Care honour for Suzanne Crowe

Professor Suzanne Crowe has been honoured by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.


13 October, 2016

Call for research where it's most needed

Professors Brendan Crabb and Mike Toole argue for research to be applied where the burden of disease is heaviest.


12 October, 2016

IMPACT: latest edition now out!

Zika virus, HIV and Ageing, Young People in Myanmar and Infectious Disease Modelling feature in our latest IMPACT magazine.


10 October, 2016

New tests expand malaria vaccine horizons

Burnet scientists have used genetically modified malaria to inform the development of a potential vaccine.


07 October, 2016

Myanmar trek drawing near

A commemorative trek to raise funds to assist Burnet’s work in maternal and child health in Myanmar has been officially launched.


05 October, 2016

Focus on connectivity for early and mid-career researchers

Connectivity and the building of new networks were goals of the 2016 AMREP EMCR Conference.


04 October, 2016

Hep C: Elimination is the Goal

Burnet researchers threw their support behind a new #AustHepCFree campaign launched at the Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference.

September, 2016 (8)

27 September, 2016

New solutions via collaboration

The need for collaboration and novel solutions were important themes of Professor John Haselden’s Burnet Seminar presentation.


21 September, 2016

Farewell to Burnet trailblazer, Melissa Churchill

After 27 years at Burnet, we farewelled one of our longest-serving and groundbreaking HIV researchers.


19 September, 2016

Burnet researchers off to ICTMM2016

Malaria research will be be presented at this week’s International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria.


16 September, 2016

Australia increases contribution to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Burnet Institute warmly welcomes AUD$220 million commitment.


15 September, 2016

Prestigious 2016 Frank Fenner Award for Heidi Drummer

Associate Professor Drummer’s outstanding hepatitis C vaccine research recognised.


14 September, 2016

Burnet malaria researcher wins Georgina Sweet Award

Burnet malaria researcher, Associate Professor Freya Fowkes, has won the prestigious 2016 Georgina Sweet Award.


05 September, 2016

Consider a gift in your will

It’s Include A Charity Week, when you’re encouraged to make a charitable gift in your will. Think about it and make a difference!


05 September, 2016

Influenza: New annual vaccines still required

Burnet Institute virologist Emeritus Professor Gregory Tannock says a universal flu vaccine is still some way off.

August, 2016 (12)

31 August, 2016

Take-home naloxone works

On Overdose Awareness Day, the CREIDU Colloquium highlighted the challenges of scaling up naloxone use in Australia.


29 August, 2016

PrEP study proving highly attractive

A Burnet-supported landmark study into pre-exposure prophylaxis is halfway to reaching its recruitment target.


23 August, 2016

What next for Truvada, PrEP?

Despite an initial knock back, Associate Professor Mark Stoové is confident the antiretroviral drug Truvada will be subsidised under the PBS.


23 August, 2016

CREIDU focus on take-home naloxone

The life-saving role of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone is a key theme of the 2016 CREIDU Colloquium.


17 August, 2016

Strong interest in Student Night

Burnet’s projects and programs for 2017 were showcased to more than 180 prospective students at AMREP Student Information night.


16 August, 2016

Survey reveals pornography's mixed impacts

Young Australians who view pornography acknowledge there are negatives, but also positives to the practice.


15 August, 2016

Burnet evaluation survey of HIV prevention campaigns

Burnet is evaluating Victorian HIV and STI social marketing initiatives targeting gay and bisexual men.


12 August, 2016

Brendan Crabb named a True Leader

Burnet CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been named one of the Fin Review’s BOSS Magazine’s True Leaders of 2016.


12 August, 2016

Big positives in HIV self-test kits

Australia has an opportunity to lead the world in developing a best practice approach to HIV home testing, according to Associate Professor Mark Stoové.


11 August, 2016

Janet Gare a PNG HIV research pioneer

As the first woman from the PNG Institute of Medical Research to obtain a PhD, Dr Janet Gare has faced many challenges.


09 August, 2016

Travel award winners on the move

Burnet staff will visit Paris, Thailand, Boston, Atlanta and Papua New Guinea as winners of Burnet Travel Awards.


04 August, 2016

Zika impact may be hidden: study

Zika virus' full impact on global health may not become apparent for decades, according to a Burnet Institute review.

July, 2016 (19)

29 July, 2016

Ambassador's new insights

Australia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Ms Suzanne McCourt, enjoyed a tour of Burnet’s laboratories on Friday.


28 July, 2016

Victorian hepatitis strategy welcomed

The Victorian Government has set a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in Victoria by 2030.


28 July, 2016

360biolabs' key role in cancer research

A Burnet joint initiative is set to play a key role in the development of a novel diagnostic test for metastatic cancer.


28 July, 2016

Burnet diagnostic a Saving Lives At Birth finalist!

Vote TODAY for Burnet’s Neonatal Sepsis diagnostic in the People’s Choice Award.


26 July, 2016

Burnet launches Eliminate Hep C strategy

Four ‘pillars’ of intervention will be needed to achieve elimination - a cornerstone of our innovative strategy.


26 July, 2016

Burnet Institute and ARTES join forces to develop novel hepatitis C vaccine

Our scientists take next step in developing a life-saving vaccine.


26 July, 2016

2020 vision for Hep C elimination

Burnet’s Professor Margaret Hellard has an ambitious vision for the elimination of hepatitis C in Victoria by 2020.


21 July, 2016

International health strategy a positive step

Victoria’s new international health strategy is a step forward for the local economy and global health.


18 July, 2016

Hep C co-EC study showcased at AIDS 2016

Burnet study aimed at eliminating hepatitis C in people who are HIV-positive promoted at AIDS 2016.


15 July, 2016

Imprisonment link to HIV spread

Study finds reducing the incarceration rate of people who inject drugs crucial to preventing the wider spread of HIV, viral hepatitis and TB.


14 July, 2016

Medical Research plan welcomed

Victoria’s leading medical research institutes have welcomed the Victorian Government’s new Health and Medical Research Strategy.


13 July, 2016

Towards an HIV Cure 2016: global strategy released

The International AIDS Society (IAS) has published in Nature Medicine the new strategy ahead of AIDS 2016.


12 July, 2016

AIDS epidemic 'over' in Australia, but HIV demands vigilance

The AIDS epidemic may be ‘over’, but the rate of HIV is still far too high, according to Associate Professor Mark Stoové.


11 July, 2016

Evidence is clear in ANCP workshop

The honing of new skills for the gathering of evidence is the focus of a workshop for overseas-based project staff.


08 July, 2016

Can polio be eradicated from last strongholds in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Listen to Burnet’s Professor Mike Toole on ABC Radio National.


08 July, 2016

Monash award for Burnet Associate

Burnet Institute Associate Dr Rohan Sweeney awarded the Mollie Holman Medal for Thesis Excellence.


05 July, 2016

From the fruit stall to cosmology and medical research

Dr Ruth Pearson tells ethical job hunters how to build a career in science


01 July, 2016

NHMRC grant to assist hepatitis C research

Professor Margaret Hellard awarded a $1.2million grant for study aimed at reducing the burden of hep C.


01 July, 2016

Burnet diagnostics development part of new multimillion APPRISE partnership

Associate Professor David Anderson and his team are involved in the new CRE.

June, 2016 (9)

29 June, 2016

Burnet commits to gender equity

Burnet is stepping up its commitment to gender equity in science through its participation in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot.


28 June, 2016

New pilot project to improve hep B outcomes for at-risk patients

Improved screening of patients at risk of hepatitis B is the aim of a pilot project to reduce the risk of liver cancer.


24 June, 2016

Burnet Institute condolences for China's Jiangsu Province

Burnet offers its sincerest condolences to the people of Jiangsu Province, devastated by a powerful tornado.


21 June, 2016

Village workers lead malaria fight

Dr Sara Canavati reports on the importance of community-level support for the fight against drug resistant malaria in Cambodia.


17 June, 2016

Sexting, Pornography and Australian youth

Average age of first exposure to pornography is 14 years. Dr Megan Lim’s research is highlighted in IMPACT.


10 June, 2016

Burnet welcomes new director

Burnet Institute welcomes the appointment of Leigh Jasper, CEO and Director of Aconex, to our board.


08 June, 2016

HIV researchers meet the community at mHIVE

High numbers of people with HIV prepared to give time for cure research.


07 June, 2016

Daily power blackouts a reality for our scientists in Kokopo

Help support Ruth and her Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies research team to buy a generator.


03 June, 2016

New insights into autoimmunity

Burnet’s Gugasyan Laboratory is providing new insights into the role of the gene NF-kB1 in keeping inflammation in the body under control.

May, 2016 (21)

31 May, 2016

Another maternity waiting home opens in Zimbabwe

Burnet is supporting maternal and child health in the African nation through this innovative project.


30 May, 2016

Australia a potential world leader to eliminate hepatitis C

Burnet welcomes WHO’s ambitious global targets to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.


27 May, 2016

Historic partnership aims to end hep C within a decade

A collaboration between Burnet Institute and The Kirby Institute aims to eliminate the burden of hepatitis C in Australia.


26 May, 2016

Harmful drinking gets personal

Young Australians are responding positively to personalised mobile phone messages to address binge drinking, according to Burnet research.


25 May, 2016

AAS award for David Wilson

Professor David Wilson has dedicated his 2016 Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health to his research team, partners and stakeholders.


24 May, 2016

Burnet Director's Seminar

‘The Elimination of malaria – Collaboration and Conflict’ was the theme of Professor Ric Price’s Director’s Seminar.


23 May, 2016

Study queries CCTV as drug deal deterrent

Burnet research has cast doubt over the use of CCTV to deter street-based trading and use of ‘ice’ and heroin.


18 May, 2016

Dr Elissa Kennedy wins Gust-McKenzie Medal

Dr Elissa Kennedy has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Gust-McKenzie Medal for her global public health research.


18 May, 2016

2015 Annual Report now available

Burnet Chair, Mr Robert Milne has presented the 2015 Burnet Institute Annual Report at the AGM.


17 May, 2016

Ambassador's case for older women

Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja AM has lent her support to Burnet at WD2016.


16 May, 2016

Spotlight on older women at WD2016

The role of older women is the special theme of a Burnet Institute event at Women Deliver 2016 in Copenhagen.


12 May, 2016

IMPACT: Supporting maternal and child health in Zimbabwe

Find out how ‘Action Birth Cards’ and maternal waiting rooms have saved lives through this innovative project.


11 May, 2016

New collaboration to address hepatitis C in Myanmar

Reducing the burden of hepatitis C in Myanmar is the goal of a new Burnet Institute cross-centre collaboration.


10 May, 2016

IMPACT: Myanmar: Poverty, challenges and inspiration

Burnet Chair, Rob Milne takes us on the road in this fascinating account of his first trip to Myanmar.


10 May, 2016

Lancet focus on adolescent health

A new Lancet Commission calls for action and key investments to safeguard the health and wellbeing of adolescents.


09 May, 2016

Birthing kits a Mother's Day gift

Burnet’s Dr Kyu Kyu Than enjoyed a Mother’s Day with a difference, helping to prepare 400 birthing kits bound for India and Vietnam.


06 May, 2016

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

Consider donating to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and bring a smile to their faces.


06 May, 2016

PrEP drug approval welcomed

Approval for the use of the HIV antiretroviral drug Truvada for PrEP in Australia has been welcomed by Associate Professor Mark Stoové.


06 May, 2016

From heartbreak to hope: A personal insight from Kokopo

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Dr Elizabeth Peach reveals the many challenges facing mums and babies in PNG.


05 May, 2016

Commitment to medical research welcomed

Burnet Institute welcomes the Federal Government’s recommitment to the Medical Research Future Fund.


05 May, 2016

Cuts to foreign aid deeply disappointing

The decision by the Federal Government to make further cuts to the Australian aid budget is deeply disappointing.

April, 2016 (13)

29 April, 2016

Day of Immunology

Burnet Institute has celebrated the 2016 Day of Immunology by opening our laboratory doors to offer new insights into our immunological research.


25 April, 2016

The quest for a malaria vaccine

On World Malaria Day, Professor James Beeson writes on the importance of continuing the quest for a malaria vaccine.


23 April, 2016

Spotlight on HMHB in Brisbane

Corporate, government and health policy leaders from Queensland have thrown their support behind Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program.


21 April, 2016

Burnet, University of PNG forge new ties

Burnet and the the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) are set to benefit from a new collaborative partnership.


20 April, 2016

HMHB attracts Principal Supporter

Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program has a new Principal Supporter in Bank South Pacific.


18 April, 2016

Rebound warning at malaria symposium

Burnet’s Professor James Beeson tells a symposium malaria will rebound if the gains achieved are taken for granted.


15 April, 2016

Breakthrough antimalarial study

Dr Paul Gilson excited by research suggesting that resistance to the antimalarial Atovaquone can’t spread to the general human population.


15 April, 2016

CSL launches $25m fellowship program

CSL has announced the establishment of a new $25 million fellowship program for early stage and translational research.


13 April, 2016

Burnet hosts Nanjing delegation

Burnet Institute has hosted a high-level delegation from Nanjing in China for discussions on the potential expansion of Burnet’s R&D facilities in Nanjing.


07 April, 2016

Burnet's viceregal celebration

Burnet Institute’s 30th anniversary year has been acknowledged and celebrated at a reception hosted by Burnet’s Patron-in-Chief.


06 April, 2016

Budding scientists tour Burnet laboratories

A group of 11-year-old friends with a keen interest in infectious diseases has enjoyed a tour of Burnet’s laboratories.


05 April, 2016

Burnet welcomes MRFF milestone

The announcement of the expert advisory board is an important step for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) says Professor Brendan Crabb.


04 April, 2016

Lady Potter a Burnet Patron

Burnet Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Lady Primrose Potter AC as a Patron of the Institute.

March, 2016 (11)

31 March, 2016

Young Australians turning away from alcohol

A new study shows young Australians are cutting back on alcohol but older people have been slower to embrace the trend.


24 March, 2016

Obesity, malnutrition an Asia-Pacific 'double burden'

Professor Mike Toole AM highlights the unusual ‘double burden’ of overnutrition in adults and undernutrition in children.


22 March, 2016

Link between TB, poverty explored

The link between poverty and TB was the subject of Professor Brendan Crabb’s address to a World TB Day Seminar.


18 March, 2016

Burnet delegation visiting Myanmar

A delegation led by CEO and Director Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been visiting Burnet’s projects in Myanmar.


15 March, 2016

Launch of Australian TB Caucus

Federal Parliament has thrown its considerable weight behind the elimination of tuberculosis with the launch of the Australian TB Caucus.


11 March, 2016

Call for AOD spending boost

Australia urgently needs to double its investment in alcohol and drug resources, according to Burnet Associate Professor Mark Stoové.


10 March, 2016

Spending shift offers harm reduction benefits

A shift in spending could virtually eliminate HIV-related deaths and new infections among injecting drug users.


08 March, 2016

IWD reflections

On International Women’s Day 2016, Burnet is well placed to address the special needs of women, according to Associate Professor Heidi Drummer.


07 March, 2016

Gender equity Burnet's theme for International Women's Day

Achieving gender equity was the theme of Helen Evans’ address at a function to celebrate International Women’s Day.


04 March, 2016

NHMRC Scholarship for Frances Ampt

Burnet Public Health Registrar and PhD candidate Dr Frances Ampt has been awarded an NHMRC scholarship.


01 March, 2016

Landmark day with listing of hepatitis C drugs on PBS scheme

Australians now have access to new, cheaper HCV cure drugs.

February, 2016 (14)

29 February, 2016

Burnet profiled in The Lancet

Burnet Institute and Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb have been profiled in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.


26 February, 2016

Brendan Quinn a Fulbright Scholar

A prestigious Fulbright Scholarship will enable Dr Brendan Quinn to broaden his research into methamphetamine.


24 February, 2016

Global Fund setting the bar high

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has set some ambitious targets that could lead to the saving of millions of lives.


23 February, 2016

Bats offer new clues to immunity

Burnet’s Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian has a key role in research showing bats can carry lethal diseases but remain unaffected by them.


19 February, 2016

Boost for PNG TB project

Burnet has bolstered its RID-TB project in Papua New Guinea with the appointment of three new field staff, based in Daru.


16 February, 2016

Burnet supports expanded PrEP study

Access to the latest Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV prevention treatment is to be expanded in Victoria.


11 February, 2016

First-trimester malaria treatment needs review, study finds

Artemisinins should replace quinine for first-trimester malaria treatment says new study involving Burnet researchers.


10 February, 2016

Mefloquine under scrutiny

The effects of the antimalarial mefloquine have been canvassed by Professor James Beeson for ABC Television’s Lateline program.


05 February, 2016

2016 Sex, Drugs, and Rock‘n’Roll survey is 'live'

Burnet’s annual Sex, Drugs, and Rock‘n’Roll survey is ‘live’ and open for business for young people aged 15-29.


04 February, 2016

PRONTO! expansion welcomed

The integration of a PrEP Clinic and screening for STIs are exciting new initiatives for the PRONTO! peer-led HIV testing service.


02 February, 2016

Report finds gaps in Asia-Pacific sex education

Burnet research has found many young people in Asia-Pacific lack information to manage safe sexual relationships.


02 February, 2016

Research award for Professor Mark Hogarth

Professor Mark Hogarth has been acknowledged by the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation.


02 February, 2016

WHO declares Zika a public health threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Zika virus disease an “extraordinary event”.


01 February, 2016

Focus on drug-resistant HIV

More stringent monitoring and new drugs are urgently needed to combat drug-resistant strains of HIV, according to Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian.

January, 2016 (6)

27 January, 2016

Maria Myers AC

Burnet Institute Patron Mrs Maria Myers named a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.


18 January, 2016

Burnet celebrates Midsumma

More than 100,000 people came to Alexandra Gardens for the 2016 Midsumma Carnival.


15 January, 2016

Burnet hosts Vietnam MoH delegation

Burnet Institute has hosted a delegation of senior administrators from the Ministry of Health in Vietnam.


05 January, 2016

World-first project seeks funding

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


04 January, 2016

Is Myanmar ready for PrEP?

Research has revealed that if PrEP were available in Myanmar, a large proportion of at-risk HIV-negative men would be willing to take it.


04 January, 2016

TAP Study: A key to hepatitis C elimination

Burnet’s Treatment and Prevention Study targets those at greatest risk of HCV, people who inject drugs.

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