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News (2018)

December, 2018 (13)

20 December, 2018

2018 Year in Review: July to December

Thanks for your wonderful support of our work and mission. A snapshot of the second half of our year.


20 December, 2018

2018 Year in Review: January to June

A groundbreaking congress, discovery research, community engagement and significant milestones!


19 December, 2018

Creative approaches to TB elimination

Indonesian health professionals have devised new pathways to TB elimination in a series of courses hosted by Burnet.


14 December, 2018

UN appointment for Dame Carol

Burnet Institute Patron Dame Carol Kidu has been appointed to an influential United Nations panel on maternal and child health.


12 December, 2018

NHMRC grants for Burnet research

Burnet studies reflecting the breadth of the Institute’s research will benefit from NHMRC grants worth more than AUD$3.3million.


11 December, 2018

Cosmos' insights into stunting

The problem of stunting in vulnerable communities, and Burnet’s response, is the focus of a special investigation in Cosmos Magazine.


11 December, 2018

Exploring challenges in global health

Current Major Challenges in Global Health was the theme of a stimulating public lecture at Government House.


11 December, 2018

Ned's award for research excellence

Burnet research assistant Ned Latham’s hepatitis C research attracts prestigious Monash University award.


06 December, 2018

Major milestone for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

After more than 2290 maternal health checks and1500 baby checks, field work is completed on our first HMHB study.


05 December, 2018

ACH2 grants a fabulous outcome

A broad range of Burnet studies have attracted valuable funding from the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2).


04 December, 2018

A Fenner Award first

For the first time, Burnet’s prestigious Frank Fenner Award has joint winners - Associate Professor Freya Fowkes and Professor Mark Stoové.


03 December, 2018

HMHB researcher wins award

Dr Liz Peach’s award-winning presentation highlighted latest research from Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies project in Papua New Guinea.


01 December, 2018

Miles to go to end HIV

On World AIDS Day 2018, Professor Brendan Crabb surveys the long road towards HIV elimination.

November, 2018 (11)

30 November, 2018

World AIDS Day 2018: Everybody Counts

A day to reflect on those affected by HIV and the many issues facing people living with HIV.


29 November, 2018

HIV self-test approval an important step forward

Professor Mark Stoové welcomes Australia’s first HIV self-testing device as a step towards HIV elimination.


29 November, 2018

Australia urged to reinvigorate regional HIV response

Burnet Deputy Director, Disease Elimination, Chad Hughes urges Australia to step up regional HIV focus.


21 November, 2018

Shirley supports Burnet HIV research in memory of her son

Since losing her son, Murray, to AIDS, Shirley Carn has committed herself to supporting research into HIV.


16 November, 2018

WISH for hepatitis elimination is achievable

A Burnet report presented to the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar sets a course for hepatitis elimination.


15 November, 2018

Dr Lim's a Tall Poppy

Dr Megan Lim has been honoured for her public health research with a prestigious Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Award.


14 November, 2018

Improving HIV diagnosis in Myanmar

The impact of HIV on infants in Myanmar could be reduced by point-of-care testing in hospitals, a Burnet study has found.


09 November, 2018

Focus on malaria immunity

New Burnet research has revealed important insights into malaria immunity that could support the development of a world-first effective malaria vaccine.


08 November, 2018

New MRFF funding priorities welcomed

Burnet Institute is strongly supportive of new priorities to guide funding from the Medical Research Future Fund.


07 November, 2018

The curious case of the missing workplace teaspoons

Burnet’s 2005 study resurfaces once again! So where did the teaspoons go?


05 November, 2018

Updated clinical guidelines for pregnancy care

A review led by Professor Caroline Homer recommends significant changes to clinical guidelines for pregnancy care.

October, 2018 (7)

29 October, 2018

Tributes flow for Professors Mills and Crowe

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at a Festschrift to honour Professor Suzanne Crowe and Professor John Mills.


26 October, 2018

Alastair Lucas Prize for Professor Caroline Homer

Professor Caroline Homer is the inaugural winner of the Alastair Lucas Prize for Medical Research.


25 October, 2018

Health experts demand action on climate change

Professor Brendan Crabb joins eminent Australian health experts demanding the phasing out of coal by 2050.


16 October, 2018

Medical research delivering for Australia

Australia’s economy and potential are boosted by investment in medical research, according to a new study.


12 October, 2018

Increase in caesarean section births since 2000

New studies published in latest Lancet show C-section use has almost doubled globally since the turn of the century.


11 October, 2018

Prestigious Fellowship for Professor Margaret Hellard

Professor Margaret Hellard appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


10 October, 2018

Passing the test

Self-testing has emerged as the key to reaching and treating undiagnosed cases of HIV in Australia.

September, 2018 (9)

29 September, 2018

Burnet appointments to NHMRC

Professor Caroline Homer joins Professor Brendan Crabb on the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council.


27 September, 2018

Alfred Research Alliance heralds new era

AMREP research precinct announces its biggest change in years with Burnet Institute a proud member.


27 September, 2018

ACCESS a perfect ten

Starting as a modest health surveillance system ten years ago, ACCESS has developed into a pillar of Australia’s response to STIs and BBVs.


27 September, 2018

United Nations' commitment to end TB welcomed

Burnet Institute welcomes the UN’s commitment to bold new targets and urgent action to end tuberculosis.


26 September, 2018

Solutions for maternal mortality

Senior Burnet researchers outline the case for greater research and investment to address high global rates of preventable maternal mortality.


13 September, 2018

New qDOS Lab opens new pathways to market

Burnet’s new Quick Development of Solutions (qDOS) Lab is launched to fast-track innovative technologies.


13 September, 2018

Burnet looking forward on World Sepsis Day

On World Sepsis Day 2018, Burnet Institute’s commitment to addressing this deadly illness is stronger than ever.


13 September, 2018

Preventing and responding to opioid overdose in Victoria

Call for a new National Overdose Strategy at CREIDU & MARC Symposium in Melbourne.


12 September, 2018

Time to get tested for STIs

Victoria is on course to reach its goal of eliminating new HIV transmissions by 2020, but STIs need greater attention.

August, 2018 (8)

30 August, 2018

New appointment for Professor Caroline Homer AO

Co-Program Director Maternal and Child Health joins advisory body on obstetric and paediatric services in Victoria.


27 August, 2018

HIV research accelerated

A Burnet collaboration with Swinburne University has attracted welcome support from the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund.


22 August, 2018

EC Australia: The missing link to hepatitis C elimination

Burnet to coordinate multi-million dollar national response to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia.


20 August, 2018

Farewell to stellar physician, researcher and mentor at Burnet

After 30+ years, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM has hung up the lab coat. Thank you for your amazing contribution.


20 August, 2018

Maternal and child health challenges

Global rates of maternal mortality remain high, but opportunities abound to make progress, says Professor Caroline Homer.


13 August, 2018

Funding boost for Burnet research

Burnet research breadth is prominent among shared NHMRC and MRFF funding of projects worth $200 million, and a $3 million DFAT grant.


10 August, 2018

Trailblazer in maternal health joins Burnet

Professor Caroline Homer AO joins Burnet as Co-Program Director, Maternal and Child Health and Executive team.


03 August, 2018

Bumper turnout for Student Night

More than 200 undergraduate students turned out to discuss career opportunities in research science.

July, 2018 (23)

30 July, 2018

Hepatitis elimination efforts in great hands

World Hepatitis Day Symposium shines a light on efforts to eliminate hep C in Australia.


27 July, 2018

World Hepatitis Day: Optimism about eliminating this silent killer

Increased optimism that eliminating this deadly disease is possible in Australia.


27 July, 2018

New insights into PrEP, STIs, condom use

New Burnet study associates the use of HIV prevention medication, PrEP, with a rise in sexually transmitted infections.


26 July, 2018

Destination China

Dr Jack Richards is keen to explore commercial opportunities as a participant in an Australia-China scientific exchange program.


25 July, 2018

AIDS 2018 prize for Burnet researcher

Burnet’s Michael Traeger has won a prestigious prize for young investigators at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam.


23 July, 2018

Burnet at AIDS 2018!

Burnet has a strong voice at the 22nd International AIDS Conference underway in Amsterdam. Updates here.


17 July, 2018

New medication for 'ice' on trial

Burnet researchers have key roles in the trial of a new treatment for people dependent on crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’.


13 July, 2018

Professor Tachedjian chairs session at AIDS 2018

Head of Life Sciences Professor Gilda Tachedjian leads session on HIV transmission.


10 July, 2018

Malaria elimination to be stepped up, and fast

VIDEOS: Watch the key messages that emerged from the landmark 1st Malaria World Congress 2018 in Melbourne.


05 July, 2018

The status quo is not OK in fight against malaria

Congress founder Professor Brendan Crabb AC highlights call for change in MWC2018 keynote closing address.


05 July, 2018

1st Malaria World Congress issues Statement of Action

Delegates from 66 countries at the MWC2018 involved in the fight against malaria issue a call for radical change.


05 July, 2018

Civil societies have a crucial role in eliminating malaria

MWC2018 Plenary featured US President’s Malaria Initiative’s Kenneth Staley.


04 July, 2018

Myanmar committed to eliminating malaria

Burnet’s Dr Win Han Oo tells MWC2018 that community delivered models are important to achieve elimination.


04 July, 2018

Commitment now the most important tool to beat malaria

Plenary MWC2018: Professor Sir Richard Feachem and Dr Rima Shretta talk about the challenges of malaria eradication.


03 July, 2018

Australia-China-Papua New Guinea Trilateral Malaria Project

Burnet researchers involved in project highlighted at MWC2018 as a new way of partnering among countries.


03 July, 2018

PNG working hard to eliminate malaria

PNG Deputy Health Security Dr Paison Dakulala discusses progress towards its 2030 commitment to eliminate malaria.


03 July, 2018

Malaria elimination features on ABC TV's The World program

MWC2018 founder, Professor Brendan Crabb AC interviewed on ABC TV about malaria funding and elimination efforts.


02 July, 2018

Community engagement key weapon to beat malaria

Burnet’s Lisa Davidson tells MWC2018 that its vital to engage communities in efforts to eliminate malaria.


02 July, 2018

Diseases like malaria know no borders

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP delivers keynote speech at Malaria World Congress.


02 July, 2018

Government funding for vector surveillance project

Dr Leanne Robinson will lead a new project to support real-time surveillance of vector borne illnesses in PNG.


02 July, 2018

Using malaria eradication to boost health security

Malaria Today and Health Security a key issue at the Malaria World Congress.


01 July, 2018

Burnet @ Malaria World Congress

Follow Burnet’s news from the MWC2018 and #UniteAgainstMalaria.


01 July, 2018

1st Malaria World Congress opens

More than 1000 delegates from 69 countries share the vision for action, unity and impact in the fight against malaria.

June, 2018 (20)

30 June, 2018

A two-day journey to reach malaria care

A mother and baby’s long journey to reach help shows the need for community-based care in PNG.


30 June, 2018

Malaria a 'disease of poverty'

Malaria ‘back with a vengeance’ in Australia’s closest neighbours - article in Sydney Morning Herald ahead of MWC2018.


29 June, 2018

Malaria in the media spotlight ahead of MWC2018

Professor Brendan Crabb AC on Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue and 774 ABC’s Convo Hour with Jon Faine.


29 June, 2018

Evaluation needed for safe injecting facility

Victoria’s first supervised injection facility requires a detailed evaluation to inform longer-term planning.


27 June, 2018

Working to beat malaria drug resistance

Burnet’s scientists are developing new antimalarial drugs in a race against time.


25 June, 2018

Malaria Dialogues: Join the discussion

Ahead of the Malaria World Congress be part of the global online discussion about eliminating malaria.


25 June, 2018

Focus on male engagement for gender equality

Lessons on the engagement of men to improve health and gender equality will be shared at a special Burnet workshop.


24 June, 2018

Insights into malaria in Papua New Guinea

Ahead of the 1st Malaria World Congress, Dr Leanne Robinson talks about vital research in PNG over the past 10 years.


21 June, 2018

Map-building workshop is streets ahead

A special workshop to build much-needed maps of a township in PNG to support Burnet research was an outstanding success.


19 June, 2018

Burnet posts its work at Alfred Health Week

A year’s worth of innovative science and medicine projects on show including Burnet’s groundbreaking work.


18 June, 2018

Burnet researcher a world-beater

Burnet’s Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah is the 2018 FameLab International Champion for science communications.


15 June, 2018

Baby Tessie lost her mum post-childbirth

DONATE BEFORE JUNE 30 to help us prevent needless deaths of new mothers in Papua New Guinea.


15 June, 2018

Putting research on the map

Burnet is embarking on a map-building project to support our life-saving research in PNG, and we need your help to make it happen.


14 June, 2018

Gates Foundation funding for Burnet diagnostic

An innovative plasma separator diagnostic has attracted funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


14 June, 2018

Burnet research opens new malaria vaccine pathway

New Burnet research has revealed how the immune system can harness special proteins to kill and clear malaria.


11 June, 2018

Queens Birthday Honours

Former Burnet Board Members Neil Edwards and Professor Jim McCluskey have been acknowledged for their service with Queens Birthday Honours.


06 June, 2018

New project to address child undernutrition in Lao PDR

Helping to reduce child undernutrition in Lao PDR is the goal of a new Burnet project launched in Vientiane.


06 June, 2018

Momentum for malaria elimination is unstoppable

Ahead of the Malaria World Congress, Professor Brendan Crabb AC has spoken of his optimism for malaria elimination.


04 June, 2018

Melbourne a Fast-Track model for HIV prevention

Associate Professor Mark Stoové lauds Melbourne as a leader in HIV prevention at a major regional conference.


01 June, 2018

Sexting trends a feature of Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll survey

A growing awareness around sexting is revealed in the summary of Burnet’s 2018 Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll survey.

May, 2018 (12)

31 May, 2018

Burnet Travel Awards

Amsterdam, New Orleans and Madrid are among the destinations of choice for winners of Burnet Institute 2018 Travel Awards


21 May, 2018

Global Health Security: Why Malaria Elimination is a Priority

Insights from Burnet Board member and Co-Convenor of MWC 2018, Associate Professor Helen Evans AO.


20 May, 2018

A 20-year success story: Burnet in Tibet (China)

Two decades of quality health care, research and training in Tibet leaves behind meaningful change.


16 May, 2018

2017 Annual Report highlights terrific year

Burnet Chair, Mr Robert Milne predicts a positive future for the Institute.


16 May, 2018

Dr Anna Hearps is 2018 Gust-McKenzie Medallist

HIV researcher acknowledged for her outstanding body of work with one of Burnet’s most prestigious honours.


15 May, 2018

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: On the road with Kerryanne Tokmun

A ‘Day in the Life’ of one of our committed and inspirational research officers.


15 May, 2018

Scholarships for Burnet alumni

Burnet research assistant Ned Latham and alumnus Isobel Walker have been recognised with scholarships for their outstanding work.


13 May, 2018

Prestigious physicians' award for Burnet TB researcher

Burnet Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Philipp du Cros has been awarded the RACP International Medal for 2018.


11 May, 2018

On Mother's Day, a wish for safer maternal care everywhere

Burnet Institute is working to support mothers and newborns and helping to save lives in under-resourced countries.


09 May, 2018

Medical research commitment welcomed

Burnet Institute welcomes the continuing commitment to the Medical Research Future Fund in the Federal Budget.


08 May, 2018

Addressing TB in Indonesia

The challenge to devise TB programs in Indonesia is the focus of a course for 26 Indonesian health professionals underway at Burnet Institute.


04 May, 2018

Burnet research reveals power of bats’ antiviral genes

Bats have been revealed to possess the largest and most diverse range of antiviral genes in the mammalian world.

April, 2018 (5)

26 April, 2018

2018 Day of Immunology

Burnet Institute staff and students celebrated the 2018 Day of Immunology by showcasing their research and Burnet’s laboratory facilities.


25 April, 2018

Optimism on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day 2018, Professor James Beeson is optimistic about the prospects of achieving malaria elimination.


24 April, 2018

Melbourne’s bid to make malaria history

Ahead of World Malaria Day, Melbourne’s leading malaria researchers are grabbing the spotlight.


19 April, 2018

Infectious 2018 germinates

Burnet’s HIV programs will benefit from funds raised by our highly successful second venture into stand-up comedy, Infectious 2018.


05 April, 2018

The need for a highly effective malaria vaccine

Dr Jo-Anne Chan explains why research to develop a highly effective, long lasting malaria vaccine is so important.

March, 2018 (11)

27 March, 2018

Premier's Awards for Burnet researcher

Two prestigious awards for Kerryn Moore at the Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research.


24 March, 2018

Leaders for a TB-free world

On World TB Day 2018, Burnet’s TB researchers and health specialists are demonstrating their support for this year’s theme.


24 March, 2018

Diwe Sapa's TB journey

When Diwe Sapa was diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant TB, she committed to two years of treatment, living two days' travel from her family in PNG.


21 March, 2018

PrEP PBS listing expedited

The Federal Government’s prompt action in adding HIV PrEP medication to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is welcome news.


19 March, 2018

Vale Professor David Cooper

HIV research in Australia and globally has lost a giant and a pioneer with the passing of Professor David Cooper following a short illness.


15 March, 2018

TB elimination course for Indonesian health workers

Burnet is training 25 visiting Indonesian health professionals in the prevention and eradication of tuberculosis.


09 March, 2018

Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll survey

Burnet’s annual SDRR survey is now live, with sexting and alcohol use among new topics for investigation in 2018.


09 March, 2018

From International Health to AFLW

Burnet International Health and Development Specialist Tope Adepoyibi has a dream to umpire in the AFLW competition.


08 March, 2018

More R&D needed in maternal and newborn health

Burnet Institute researchers are urging greater R&D to address compelling needs in maternal and newborn health.


06 March, 2018

Maternal health challenges the focus of IWD lunch

Keynote speaker Distinguished Professor Caroline Homer AO - a leader in maternal and child health - is to join Burnet.


05 March, 2018

International Women's Day 2018: Investing in maternal health

A trailblazer in maternal and child health, Professor Caroline Homer AO will deliver the IWD keynote.

February, 2018 (9)

22 February, 2018

New insights into adolescence

A child’s development is affected by the health of its parents long before pregnancy, according to a new paper co-authored by Dr Peter Azzopardi.


22 February, 2018

What do young people 'see' in pornography?

New Burnet research reveals the behaviours young heterosexual Australians see in online pornography.


22 February, 2018

Tennis great casts spotlight on maternal and child health

Serena Williams lobbies for maternal and child health globally after revealing that she “almost died” giving birth.


14 February, 2018

Research focus to address TB 'global crisis'

Innovation and research are needed to eliminate tuberculosis as a public health threat, according to Dr Suman Majumdar.


09 February, 2018

PBS listing for PrEP welcomed

Burnet Institute welcomes the approval for HIV PrEP medication to be subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


09 February, 2018

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Burnet Institute is focused on achieving gender equity.


06 February, 2018

Islands Petroleum backs HMHB

Burnet welcomes Islands Petroleum as a supporter of our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program.


05 February, 2018

Eliminating viral hepatitis a major focus at WISH 2018

Burnet’s Professor Margaret Hellard to chair the viral hepatitis forum featuring global experts.


01 February, 2018

ACH2 grants for Burnet research

Important Burnet Institute studies have attracted funding from the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research.

January, 2018 (8)

31 January, 2018

Testing times for malaria in Vietnam

Burnet Institute researchers are playing a key role in a unique study focused on one of the world’s malaria hotspots.


30 January, 2018

Bill Gates calls for Australia to lead fight against malaria

Burnet welcomes Australian Foreign Minister The Hon. Julie Bishop’s appointment to the End Malaria Council.


29 January, 2018

Vale Jenny Kelsall

The Board and staff of Burnet Institute are saddened by the passing of harm reduction advocate, great friend and ally, Jenny Kelsall.


25 January, 2018

Landmark study into adolescent health in Myanmar

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar is the focus of a comprehensive Burnet study.


15 January, 2018

Burnet at the heart of Midsumma

Burnet researchers were in hot demand at Midsumma Carnival in Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens on Sunday.


12 January, 2018

Myanmar services in safe hands

Several years after establishing services for marginalised populations in Myanmar, Burnet is handing control over to local partners.


05 January, 2018

Vaccine hope as Burnet research unlocks malaria secrets

A Burnet research team has created a malaria ‘Frankenstein’ to reveal hidden secrets about Plasmodium vivax.


02 January, 2018

HMHB: Meet a lab assistant, researcher, and study participant

Meet some of the many contributors to our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program in Papua New Guinea.

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