Infectious diseases

Chikungunya and research with bite

It has been dubbed The Barbecue Stopper: an aggressive mosquito spreading a crippling virus through Asia. Both the mosquito and the virus are now knocking on Australia’s door, to the alarm of public health authorities worried about a major outbreak. The mosquito is the Asian tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus. The virus is chikungunya. Both […]

CMV: How a virus can change your baby’s life

CMV: How a virus can change your baby’s life

An unborn baby has no defence against the devastating congenital cytomegalovirus. Most people have never heard of CMV, yet up to 80% of us silently carry the virus. Cytomegalovirus – or CMV – often presents as a cold, or mild flu. We can carry it for our entire lives, and it is thought to have […]

Tall Poppy Award for Team Head John Miles

Tall Poppy Award for Team Head John Miles

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute immunologist, Dr John Miles, has been awarded a 2013 Young Tall Poppy Science Award. The hotly-contested awards recognise outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators. Dr Miles, 34, is team head of the QIMR Berghofer Human Immunity Laboratory. His research is focussed on the role of T-cells, an important group of […]

Virus turned against itself – HIV/AIDS research uses Tat

Virus turned against itself – HIV/AIDS research uses Tat

Associate Professor David Harrich has been researching HIV for thirty years, since starting as a research assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the early 1980s when the first cases of HIV/AIDS emerged. “I’ve come close to giving up in the past. But today I’m so encouraged. I feel very fortunate because […]

Expansion of QIMR leaves room for more research – parasite, vector, virus research to benefit

Originally published in International Innovation. Download the article -International Innovation The global impact of chikungunya virus and related alphaviruses is substantial, but a team from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is developing models and gaining insights into how better to manage the chronic rheumatic diseases caused by these viruses. With as many as 1.4-6.5 […]

Research reveals how the body fights malaria

New Australian research has, for the first time, shown exactly how blood cells called platelets kill the parasite that causes malaria infection and revealed a new reason why people from Africa are more predisposed to the disease than others.

Malaria, which is caught from infected mosquitoes, is usually fatal if left untreated. According to the World Health Organization, 90% of all malaria deaths in 2010 occurred in Africa and most of the victims were less than five-years-old.

Science colouring in pages for primary school children – fun science kids activities

Download some fun free pages for colouring in. Each has some facts about the bacteria, viruses and parasites that QIMR is studying.