Centre for Biomedical Research

Achieving innovative solutions for infectious and non-infectious diseases of major global importance underpins our approach to research and public health practice.

The Centre has a broad research program on infectious diseases, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and cancer, as well as research into understanding how the immune system fights infectious diseases and cancer, or malfunctions in auto-immune diseases.

The research aims to understand the biological mechanisms involved in the development of these important human diseases, how the immune system attacks or clears infectious agents and cancer cells, why the immune system attacks normal cells it should ignore in autoimmune diseases, and how infectious agents and cancer cells avoid immune destruction.

This knowledge is being used to develop new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tests and prevention strategies for diseases of major global importance. This includes the infectious diseases HIV, malaria, hepatitis B and C, TB, and influenza, as well as arthritis and lupus, and breast, ovarian, cervical and prostate cancer.

This is addressed through innovative and multidisciplinary research involving laboratory-based research, clinical studies of human disease and research at the population level.

Our Collaborative Research Programs focus on:

  • HIV and Hepatitis
  • Malaria
  • Vaccines and Diagnostics
  • Immune Function in Health, Ageing and Disease

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Arzum Cubuk

Personal Assistant to Professor James Beeson





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