News (2019)

December, 2019 (11)

20 December, 2019

2019 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, 2019

2019 in Review: January to June

A new Chairman, breakthrough research in malaria and adolescent health, rollout of Eliminate Hepatitis C (EC Australia), launch of EVE-M, and record-breaking year for peer-reviewed publications and revenue!

20 December, 2019

HIV researcher Dr Lindi Masson joins Burnet

Leading South African researcher and clinician further strengthens Burnet’s expertise into the vaginal microbiome and association with increased risk of HIV and STIs.

20 December, 2019

Tuberculosis initiatives draw international praise

Two Burnet TB projects in Papua New Guinea attract praise by the international research community for improving patient retention.

13 December, 2019

ACH2 grants a terrific outcome

Eight Burnet researchers have attracted funding for their innovative translational work.

12 December, 2019

Closer connections with Myanmar

Burnet’s adolescent health program in Myanmar was showcased during the recent visit of Dr Su Mon Myat.

09 December, 2019

Witnessing the effects of low birth weight in PNG

Burnet Chairman Mary Padbury shares the inspiring work Burnet’s HMHB team in Kokopo is doing to improve health for mothers and newborns.

09 December, 2019

NHMRC Ideas Grants

Burnet Institute research into malaria, and maternal and child health will benefit from NHMRC Ideas Grants for 2020.

04 December, 2019

Fenner Award to Dr Paul Gilson

2019 Fenner Award winner Dr Paul Gilson has cast himself as ‘the conductor’ and thanked his students for their contribution to his laboratory’s research.

03 December, 2019

Strengthening Midwifery Education in Timor-Leste and Nepal

Burnet partners with UNFPA Asia Pacific to improve midwifery care and reduce maternal deaths.

03 December, 2019

Vale Jimmy Dorabjee

It’s with deep sadness that Burnet Institute acknowledges the passing of former senior staff member and passionate advocate for harm reduction, Jimmy Dorabjee.

November, 2019 (10)

29 November, 2019

Every Journey Counts: World AIDS Day 2019

Victorian State Launch highlights need to end stigma and address HIV among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

28 November, 2019

Paul Ramsay Foundation funding to tackle disadvantage

Burnet research into recidivism will benefit from Paul Ramsay Foundation funding as part of a unique program.

26 November, 2019

Research needed on correct nasal naloxone dosage

Study finds intranasal naloxone effective in preventing opioid overdose deaths, further research required to find out how much is needed.

20 November, 2019

Global Fund approval for HIV diagnostic

A simple, low-cost, rapid HIV diagnostic developed by Burnet has been endorsed for procurement by the major aid agencies.

15 November, 2019

Research Excellence Award for Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Burnet Institute’s Director and CEO has been awarded the prestigious 2019 GSK Award for Research Excellence.

15 November, 2019

Low birth weight in PNG: Priscah and baby Keosu

Priscah Hezeri works in Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program and knows all too well the challenges PNG mothers face.

14 November, 2019

Research a step toward a malaria vaccine

A collaborative study focused on children in PNG has identified key antibodies that could be used to develop a vaccine against severe malaria.

11 November, 2019

The Story of Priscah and Keosu

Priscah Hezeri, a Burnet staff member, tells the story of her own low birth weight baby, Keosu, and how Burnet is working to solve the mystery of low birth weight in Papua New Guinea.

06 November, 2019

Expanded rollout for HIV Toolkit

An innovative toolkit developed by Burnet Institute to support HIV peer counselors in Papua New Guinea is to be rolled out across the country.

01 November, 2019

25 ways we're working to eliminate HIV

HIV causes the death of more than 940,000 people each year. Burnet is working across all aspects of HIV research to eliminate this deadly virus.

October, 2019 (10)

30 October, 2019

Evidence backs women's choice on where to have their babies

Healthy women have more than twice the chance of a normal labour and birth in a planned birth centre birth compared to a planned hospital birth, a major Australian study has found.

30 October, 2019

Nasal naloxone wins PBS approval

Burnet Institute welcomes the addition of a nasal spray form of the anti-opioid drug, naloxone, to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

25 October, 2019

Community grant to support hep C testing

Burnet has been awarded a Gilead Sciences ‘COMMIT’ community grant to promote hepatitis C testing and treatment for people who inject drugs.

22 October, 2019

Priorities for hep C elimination

Professor Margaret Hellard outlines the requirements for hepatitis C elimination in a Lancet Seminar.

15 October, 2019

Remembering Pregnancy and Infant Loss

We at Burnet acknowledge that 15 October marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

11 October, 2019

Tall Poppy award for Dr Joseph Doyle

Burnet’s Dr Joe Doyle has been acknowledged for his work in the prevention of blood-borne viruses with a prestigious Tall Poppy Award.

10 October, 2019

AAHMS Fellowship for Professor Caroline Homer

Burnet Institute’s Professor Caroline Homer has been appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

07 October, 2019

Maternal and child health is a family affair

Burnet’s research has brought together mother and daughter, Lisa and Eliza Davidson, to address key health challenges.

04 October, 2019

Burnet joins Call to Action on HIV in PNG

Burnet Institute and key stakeholders are calling for a redoubling of efforts to address the HIV ‘crisis’ in Papua New Guinea.

02 October, 2019

How we can end TB by 2030

Burnet’s Dr Suman Majumdar explores how we end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030, first published in IMPACT magazine.

September, 2019 (11)

29 September, 2019

Special milestone for Zimbabwe maternity project

A Burnet project in Zimbabwe has achieved an important milestone with commissioning of a new maternity waiting home.

26 September, 2019

Antibody's hidden impact revealed

A major Burnet-led study has revealed a particular antibody to be far more influential in combatting malaria than previously understood.

26 September, 2019

Support for plan to boost global health goals

Burnet welcomes efforts to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

24 September, 2019

The case for a hepatitis C vaccine

New Burnet research highlights the urgent need to develop a universal hepatitis C vaccine to meet the WHO goal for elimination.

23 September, 2019

PHOTOVOICE: Voice for young at-risk TB patients

Young tuberculosis patients in Daru, Papua New Guinea document their lived experience. First published in IMPACT.

18 September, 2019

New study simulates time course of HIV

New Burnet research is the first to simulate the entire natural time course of HIV and infected cells.

16 September, 2019

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Update

What’s next for our life-saving research program in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. First published in IMPACT magazine.

12 September, 2019

PNG breaks new ground in tuberculosis research

The publication of the first compendium of studies on TB in PNG marks a watershed for scientific research in the field.

11 September, 2019

New platform for malaria vaccine research

New research led by Burnet has demonstrated the effective use of novel virus-like particles for malaria vaccines.

09 September, 2019

Burnet partners with Egypt for hepatitis workshop

Collaborators from Africa, Middle East convene to develop coordinated hepatitis elimination efforts.

03 September, 2019

Maternity emergency training in Bhutan

Burnet and partners have been conducting training in maternity emergency prevention to reduce maternal mortality in Bhutan.

August, 2019 (12)

30 August, 2019

Focus on naloxone to prevent overdose

Experts say Australia must learn from the North American opioid crisis to avoid further rises in the rates of overdose.

29 August, 2019

NHMRC Investigator Grants

Burnet Institute’s Professor James Beeson, and drug and alcohol researcher Dr Amanda Roxburgh have been awarded NHMRC Investigator Grants.

29 August, 2019

Eureka Prize for malaria research

Burnet Institute’s Associate Professor Leanne Robinson has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for her collaborative malaria research.

28 August, 2019

Life lessons for new graduates

The importance of life-long learning, and of listening, were among the key messages from Professor Brendan Crabb to new graduates at Melbourne University.

26 August, 2019

Dr Joseph Doyle wins Club Melbourne Fellowship

Dr Joseph Doyle has been acknowledged for his outstanding hepatitis research with the 2019 Club Melbourne Fellowship.

20 August, 2019

Burnet helps build WHO maternal health guidelines

Burnet researchers play key role in building WHO’s living guidelines to respond rapidly to new evidence for women and newborn care.

14 August, 2019

TB diagnostic trial a potential lifesaver

Recruitment is underway in Papua New Guinea for the trial of a new and potentially lifesaving rapid diagnostic for tuberculosis.

12 August, 2019

Burnet staff finalists at Research Australia Awards

Burnet researchers among finalists for Research Australia Awards for innovative plasma separator, modelling tools.

09 August, 2019

Student Night attracts keen interest

Burnet courses and projects for 2020 attracted keen interest from prospective students at Student Information Night.

08 August, 2019

MoU to benefit East New Britain health

A new MoU will facilitate Burnet research and support for health services in PNG’s East New Britain province.

07 August, 2019

Primary carer's leave, a commitment to gender equity.

Three Burnet staff members, all new fathers, tell of their experiences taking primary carer’s leave.

05 August, 2019

First national hepatitis report reveals progress

The first national report on hepatitis C elimination in Australia shows important progress is being achieved.

July, 2019 (9)

31 July, 2019

Malaria research team's 'Eureka moment'

Burnet’s Associate Professor Leanne Robinson has been nominated for a Australian Museum Eureka Prize.

31 July, 2019

Dr Joseph Doyle a nominee for prestigious Fellowship

Burnet Institute’s Dr Joseph Doyle is a finalist for the Club Melbourne Fellowship for 2019.

30 July, 2019

Primary healthcare effort needed to achieve hep C elimination

World Hepatitis Day Symposium highlights need to target decline in testing rates in Australia.

25 July, 2019

Burnet at IAS 2019

The breadth of Burnet Institute’s HIV research has been impressively showcased at IAS 2019, in Mexico City.

19 July, 2019

New Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies study begins

Why local solutions are vital to improve maternal and child health in PNG - the ‘Gutpela Sevis’ study.

17 July, 2019

Videos unlock malaria mystery

Specialised videos by Burnet Institute scientists of malaria parasite invasion have validated Oxford research to develop a world-first vaccine.

15 July, 2019

High-level support for Myanmar School Health Promotion Program

Myanmar Health Minister endorses Burnet’s implementation research in adolescent health.

09 July, 2019

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week event focuses on Voice, Treaty, Truth to celebrate Australia’s indigenous culture.

04 July, 2019

Hepatitis C treatment in primary care crucial to elimination

Burnet study calls for better access to direct acting antivirals in primary care to treat people who inject drugs.

June, 2019 (7)

26 June, 2019

Maternity emergency training kicks off in PNG

Papua New Guinean midwives are being up-skilled to prevent maternal and newborn deaths.

19 June, 2019

Alfred Health Week highlights breadth of Burnet’s research

Insights into young people’s drinking behaviour provides roadmap for more targeted health messaging.

14 June, 2019

Exciting new study identifies antibodies to fight malaria

Burnet scientists have played a key role in a study identifying antibodies that stop malaria from entering blood cells.

11 June, 2019

Later HIV diagnoses for women

New Burnet research shows that women with HIV in Victoria are being tested and diagnosed later than men, with important consequences.

10 June, 2019

Queen's Birthday Honours

Professor Christina Mitchell, Professor Alan Cowman and Ms Natasha Stott Despoja among eminent Australians awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours.

06 June, 2019

Burnet Travel Awards

Mexico City, Vancouver, Paris, Boston, Baltimore and Prato in Italy are among the destinations of choice for winners of Burnet Institute Travel Awards for 2019.

05 June, 2019

The case for a Hep C vaccine

Professor Heidi Drummer puts the case for the development of a world-first licensed vaccine for hepatitis C.

May, 2019 (8)

31 May, 2019

Burnet moves to create Reconciliation Action Plan

Staff and students come together to strengthen partnerships with Indigenous Australians.

28 May, 2019

Eggs and influenza, what’s the connection?

Burnet’s Emeritus Professor Gregory Tannock and experts address common questions about the flu vaccination.

28 May, 2019

Victorian budget investments welcomed

Burnet Institute welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of new investments in medical research.

23 May, 2019

Record-breaking year for Burnet

The 2018 Annual Report was presented at the AGM and is available online.

23 May, 2019

Dr Suman Majumdar is 2019 Gust-McKenzie Medallist

Deputy Program Director, Health Security, Dr Majumdar awarded a prestigious Burnet honour.

23 May, 2019

MRFF funding for ambitious women's health project

An innovative Burnet-led women’s sexual and reproductive health research project wins a major competitive funding grant.

08 May, 2019

This Mother’s Day, help us save mothers' lives

Over 800 women will die giving birth on Mother’s Day. Most of these deaths are preventable.

03 May, 2019

Focus on adolescent health in Myanmar

Burnet Institute has co-hosted an adolescent research prioritisation workshop in Myanmar.

April, 2019 (7)

25 April, 2019

Malaria vaccine trial welcomed

On World Malaria Day, the launch of a vaccine pilot program in Africa has been welcomed as an important milestone by Professor James Beeson.

23 April, 2019

Helping Burnet's lifesaving work

Professor Caroline Homer reflects on how the Alastair Lucas Prize has impacted on her work.

18 April, 2019

Zero malaria starts with me

Calls ahead of World Malaria Day 2019 to get the global response to malaria back on track.

17 April, 2019

Bold strategies map out tuberculosis-free future

Burnet contributes to Lancet Commission on tuberculosis elimination

15 April, 2019

Radio interview: tackling malaria in Papua New Guinea

Listen to Associate Professor Leanne Robinson discuss Burnet’s efforts towards eliminating malaria.

10 April, 2019

Condom use not linked with STI increase among men using PrEP

New Burnet-led study in prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

08 April, 2019

Federal funding boost to address ‘superbugs’ in Asia-Pacific

Burnet receives support for antimicrobial resistance and tuberculosis projects.

March, 2019 (17)

27 March, 2019

Burnet’s innovative research receives fast-track funding

Two projects boosted with support of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund.

26 March, 2019

Election focus on research-led healthcare

The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes puts research-led healthcare on the election agenda.

25 March, 2019

PC3 laboratory now open!

Burnet’s new Physical Containment Level 3 (PC3) laboratory is now open in the Alfred Centre, Melbourne.

25 March, 2019

Burnet a learning hub for vital research skills

Collaboration with senior PNG researcher to take fight to drug-resistant TB.

24 March, 2019

‘It’s time to end TB’

‘It’s time to end TB’ is the theme for World TB Day, highlighting the global epidemic of tuberculosis and the efforts made to eliminate it.

23 March, 2019

Comedy goes under the microscope!

All-star comedy fundraiser INFECTIOUS returns for its third year on 15 April.

20 March, 2019

New insights into how the RTS,S malaria vaccine works

New discoveries by Burnet scientists may help inform the development of more effective malaria vaccines.

20 March, 2019

Focus on research to eliminate TB

The need for innovation, science and research to help eliminate TB was Dr Suman Majumdar’s key message at a RESULTS Australia TB Event in Sydney.

15 March, 2019

Seeking clarity on BV

Leading global researchers, including Burnet’s Professor Gilda Tachedjian, are seeking to standardise the terminology relating to bacterial vaginosis.

14 March, 2019

NHMRC Research Excellence Award for sepsis diagnostic test

Burnet Institute acknowledged for the highest ranked Development Grant in the 2018 funding rounds.

13 March, 2019

The world's adolescents - unmet needs, growing inequality

A landmark Burnet-led study reveals the world’s adolescents are encountering greater health challenges.

13 March, 2019

2019 Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll Survey live

Online survey on young Victorians' behaviour and health enters its 15th year.

12 March, 2019

Australian researchers warn recent HIV cures claims could amount to false hope

Professor Gilda Tachedjian is among the researchers who are cautious.

11 March, 2019

The resilience of young women thriving against all odds

Long-time Burnet supporter Chloe Bryce Shorten shared this IWD blog to shine a light on young women.

08 March, 2019

International Women's Day

A message from Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC on International Women’s Day.

06 March, 2019

International Women's Day event focuses on young women most-at-risk

Burnet shines the spotlight on young people’s health ahead of IWD 2019.

01 March, 2019

Running to save lives

To celebrate his 65th birthday, Professor Robert Power is running his final marathon to raise money for life-saving health research.

February, 2019 (7)

27 February, 2019

At the forefront of hepatitis elimination

Professor Margaret Hellard appointed co-Chair of a World Health Organization Global Partners Meeting on hepatitis.

27 February, 2019

Federal funding for naloxone research

Burnet Institute research into the anti-opioid medication naloxone will benefit from $100,000 in Government funding.

20 February, 2019

New PNG collaboration

Burnet Institute is collaborating with Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health to improve health evidence, services and outcomes in PNG.

19 February, 2019

Cladding on Burnet Tower

Update from Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC.

12 February, 2019

Mary Padbury breaks new ground as Burnet Institute Chair

New Burnet Institute Chair Ms Mary Padbury has pledged to do all she can to help the Institute fulfill its mission.

12 February, 2019

Mr Robert Milne's proud legacy

Retiring Burnet Institute Chair Mr Robert Milne leaves a proud legacy of sustained growth and exceptional leadership.

05 February, 2019

New approaches for malaria vaccines

Burnet researchers have used novel approaches to explore the potential for a highly effective malaria vaccine.

January, 2019 (12)

30 January, 2019

Harnessing the immune system to combat disease

Monoclonal antibodies play key a role in “immunotherapy” treatments for cancer. Special feature in IMPACT.

26 January, 2019

Australia Day Honours for Burnet staff and associates

Congratulations to Professor Margaret Hellard, Professor Sharon Lewin, and former board member Mr Ross Cooke.

23 January, 2019

Forging closer TB ties with PNG

Burnet has been pleased to host Dr Gibson Pawape, the new Senior Specialist Medical Officer at Daru General Hospital, PNG.

21 January, 2019

Burnet at Midsumma

Burnet researchers were kept busy fielding questions from the curious public and interested supporters at Sunday’s 2019 Midsumma Carnival.

18 January, 2019

New collaboration targets newborn sepsis

Newborn sepsis, an important cause of neonatal mortality in PNG, is the target of an exciting new collaboration.

18 January, 2019

Security and public health

Dr Ben Coghlan is a co-author of a commentary in The Lancet calling for greater engagement between the security and public health sectors.

14 January, 2019

A conversation on breastfeeding

Burnet Institute’s Dr Alyce Wilson and Professor Caroline Homer have published a guide to breastfeeding in The Conversation.

10 January, 2019

The path to an effective malaria vaccine

Burnet scientists outline the challenges for the development of the next generation of malaria vaccines.

09 January, 2019

Lancet Commission on viral hepatitis

Burnet researchers have contributed to a Lancet Commission convened to identify new paths to hepatitis elimination.

08 January, 2019

Missing in the middle

Measuring a million deaths annually in children aged between 5 and 14 years. Insights from Burnet’s Dr Pete Azzopardi and Professor George Patton from MCRI.

03 January, 2019

Forever grateful ...

A personal experience has focused Belinda Collins' charitable intentions. She has left a gift in her Will to Burnet. Find out how you can too.

02 January, 2019

Around the microbiome in 30 minutes

The human microbiota in all its glory - a highly entertaining presentation from Professor Gilda Tachedjian.

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