So close! We need just a further $35,000 for Burnet’s first super-resolution microscope. We hope you can help.

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We have already raised $325,000 through this Appeal including a generous foundation donation from a donor, but we still urgently need to raise another $35,000.

For the first time, our scientists will be able to get detailed close-up images of microbes such as HIV and malaria using the super-resolution microscope. These organisms are just too small to be properly observed using our existing microscopes.

By supporting our Appeal you will take us a step closer to developing new vaccines and therapies against malaria, cancer and influenza virus.

How it benefits our cancer research…

“The super-resolution microscope will enable scientists like me to understand for the very first time how cancer antigens are processed in dendritic cells and how they stimulate T-cells to recognise and kill cancers,” Professor Geoff Pietersz, Head of Bio-Organic and Medicinal Chemistry.

The high-definition images will significantly improve our scientists understanding of how microbes undermine the immune system and how immune cells recognise and destroy cancer cells.

How it benefits our influenza research…

“It will allow early events in the replication of the influenza virus' genes to be studied directly in infected cultures or tissues and help introduce new antiviral chemotherapies for the control of influenza,” Emeritus Professor Greg Tannock, Head of Influenza Research.

How it benefits our malaria research…

When studied under standard microscopy, microbes such as malaria appear blurry because they are extremely small. Using this new microscope, our scientists will be able to precisely observe how the malaria parasite infects cells and defeat the immune system, potentially accelerating vaccine development and saving millions of lives.

This is cutting-edge new technology

Ours will be only the third super-resolution microscope in Victoria and will be made available to our partners on the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct here in Melbourne.

“We have the brightest minds here at Burnet so it is a priority that we provide them with state-of-the-art equipment. Please support us in bringing this microscope to Burnet,” Professor Brendan Crabb, Director and CEO, Burnet Institute.

You can help us reach this important goal by making a donation today!