News (2011)

December, 2011 (4)

23 December, 2011

2011 Year in Review

Exciting events, scientific discoveries, awards and significant milestones made 2011 one of Burnet’s most successful.

16 December, 2011

Australian-first overdose management program launched

Naloxone will be available on prescription in the ACT for those most at risk to overdose.

09 December, 2011

Burnet Institute pays tribute to Sir Zelman Cowen

Patron of the Burnet Institute, the Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen passed away on 8 December, aged 92.

09 December, 2011

WHO appoints Burnet Institute researcher to top post

Professor John Reeder has been announced as the new Director of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).

November, 2011 (8)

30 November, 2011

Melbourne to host world's largest HIV/AIDS Conference in 2014

Burnet’s Co-head of the Centre for Virology, Professor Sharon Lewin named Local Chair of the conference.

28 November, 2011

Burnet to help develop health research in Timor-Leste

Researchers Dr James Beeson and Dr Jack Richards visit Timor-Leste for the announcement and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

23 November, 2011

Burnet Institute Director to become President of AAMRI

Professor Brendan Crabb takes up the position in late 2012 but will be immediately active, moving on the Board and supporting the current president.

21 November, 2011

Future of HIV testing in Australia

PhD student Alisa Pedrana and Centre for Population Health researcher Dr Mark Stoové look into community-based HIV testing in Australia.

16 November, 2011

Vaccine development saves lives: Professor Hogarth delivers Albert Coates Oration

Vaccine development and its potential to save lives in the developing world was one of the key messages delivered by Burnet’s Professor Mark Hogarth.

08 November, 2011

Primary school students celebrate immunology

Primary school children across Melbourne put their thinking caps on for the International Day of Immunology.

03 November, 2011

Simple measures could dramatically reduce child deaths in PNG

The lives of up to 10 newborn children in Papua New Guinea could be saved every day by straightforward and cost effective measures according to a new report.

03 November, 2011

Academy Award winner to star in Burnet sexual health promotion project

A project aimed at using social media to promote sexual health and safe sex messages has attracted the support of an Academy Award winner.

October, 2011 (8)

31 October, 2011

Prime Minister announces $50 million for polio eradication

The Burnet Institute welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement to commit $50 million to the global polio eradication effort.

26 October, 2011

Long way to go in HIV fight: Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

A capacity crowd filled BMW Edge in Melbourne to hear Nobel Laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi present the 2011 Burnet Oration.

25 October, 2011

Directors Seminar:Professor Philippa Pattison explains how maths meets science in network modelling

Professor Philippa Pattison delivers October’s Director’s Seminar.

17 October, 2011

Substance abuse growing in Pacific Islands

Burnet Institute Principal for Disease Prevention Professor Robert Power has told Radio Australia that alcohol and cannabis use is on the rise in Papua New Guinea.

16 October, 2011

Burnet NHMRC grant recipients 2012

Burnet Institute had incredible success with the long-awaited National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) funding announcement.

14 October, 2011

Burnet staff and donors recognised at Excellence Awards

Staff, supporters and friends of Burnet Institute packed the AMREP Seminar room for the inaugural Burnet Excellence Awards.

04 October, 2011

Burnet's malaria researchers among Australia's best at conference

Australia’s best malaria researchers have come together for the two-day Malaria in Melbourne (MiM) Conference, which focuses on early-career researchers and their latest work.

04 October, 2011

Natasha Stott Despoja AM reflects on her recent trip to Laos

Burnet Institute board member Natasha Stott Despoja AM joined Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb and Chairman Alastair Lucas on a trip to Laos to see our staff in action.

September, 2011 (6)

30 September, 2011

Burnet sexual health research showcased in Canberra

Burnet Institute researchers have joined their peers in our nation’s capital for the Australasian HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences.

30 September, 2011

Strategy for inclusion brings respect and better health to elders in Sri Lanka

Wendy Holmes writes for The Conversation about a successful strategy for mitigating the impact of non-communicable disease in Sri Lanka.

20 September, 2011

Burnet Institute joins push for polio eradication funding

Burnet Institute joined forces with the Global Poverty Project in Canberra to leveredge the Federal Government to support global efforts to eradicate polio.

12 September, 2011

Multi-drug resistant TB emerging in Asia Pacific region

Scientific Advisor to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) Professor Don Enarson, has met with Burnet Institute staff to discuss tuberculosis control in the Asia Pacific region.

07 September, 2011

Academic Health Science Centres way forward says former Burnet Insitute Director

Professor Steve Wesselingh offered insights into leaderships of health and medical research based on his experience.

01 September, 2011

Student night attracts future science stars

Burnet Institute’s leading researchers mingled with future science stars at the annual Student Information Evening.

August, 2011 (7)

31 August, 2011

Drugs leading cause of death among recently released prisoners

New research has revealed that the number of drug-related deaths in recently released prisoners in Australia is three times higher than the total number of deaths in prison.

25 August, 2011

Burnet shares harm reduction expertise with PNG locals

The Centre for International Health has hosted seven Papua New Guineans for three weeks of intensive training on drug and alcohol policy and harm reduction.

22 August, 2011

Burnet celebrates 25th anniversary at Parliament House

Burnet Institute’s 25th anniversary celebrations continued with a special cocktail function at Parliament House in Canberra.

19 August, 2011

Dr Freya Fowkes has perspective published in Science

Head of Burnet Institute’s Malaria Epidemiolgy Group, Dr Freya Fowkes has co-written a perspective which appeared in the latest issue of Science.

19 August, 2011

Burnet's work featured in 'Bodies of Work' liftout - The Saturday Age

School kids across Victoria will be using information from Burnet’s experts after some of our research featured in an educational poster called ‘Bodies of Work’.

04 August, 2011

Professor Sharon Lewin part of huge HIV grant

The push to find a cure for HIV has gathered momentum with Burnet Institute’s Professor Sharon Lewin at the forefront.

04 August, 2011

2011 Fenner Award presented

Co-head of Burnet’s Centre for Virology, Professor Sharon Lewin has been awarded the Fenner Award for 2011 for her contribution to research into HIV and AIDS.

July, 2011 (8)

28 July, 2011

Can we eradicate polio by the end of 2012?

The global goal to eradicate polio by the end of 2012 is unlikely according to WHO’s Acting Director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Dr Chris Maher.

28 July, 2011

World Hepatitis Day

Dr Peter Higgs wrote about Burnet’s hepatitis C research for World Hepatitis Day.

26 July, 2011

Professor Ian Gust talks about the past, present and future of vaccines

Immunisation has expanded enormously since the 1940s and continues to evolve but Professor Ian Gust AO says we’re still a long way off developing an HIV vaccine.

26 July, 2011

Leading malaria researcher visits Burnet

Professor James Kazura, President of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene visited Burnet Institute to discuss collaborative research projects on immunity to malaria.

18 July, 2011

Injecting drug use the focus of new Centre for Research Excellence

Improving the health of people who inject drugs is the vision of a new $2.5 million Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use launched today in Melbourne at the Burnet Institute.

14 July, 2011

New viral infections course for Burnet

A unique virology course at RMIT University has been given a significant boost with Burnet staff joining the experienced team of lecturers.

06 July, 2011

Burnet supports Australia's Aid Program aimed at fighting poverty

Helping people overcome poverty is the key purpose of Australia’s reformed Aid Program, a move strongly supported by the Burnet Institute.

01 July, 2011

Head of the Nossal Institute speaks at Burnet

Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health Professor Graham Brown AM delivered an engaging presentation to a packed AMREP Seminar Room for this month’s Director’s Seminar.

June, 2011 (6)

29 June, 2011

Burnet's Fresh Scientist

HIV can hide out in the brain, protected from the immune system and antiviral drugs, Dr Lachlan Gray and his colleagues at Burnet Institute and Monash University have found.

27 June, 2011

Burnet Student Award

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research PhD student, Erika Duan has been awarded the Burnet Institute Infectious Diseases and Public Health Research Award.

23 June, 2011

Guide to Working Abroad for Student and Young Doctors

More than 100 young doctors and students turned out on a wet and cold Melbourne night for the AMA Guide to Working Abroad for Australian Medical Students and Junior Doctors launch.

13 June, 2011

AM honours awarded to Professor Suzanne Crowe, Alastair Lucas and Natasha Stott Despoja

Professor Suzanne Crowe, Board Chairman Mr Alastair Lucas and Board Director, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja have been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

10 June, 2011

Malaria researcher awarded Minister's Medal

Burnet Institute collaborator Tania de Koning-Ward has been awarded the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

10 June, 2011

In memory of Robert Blain

Burnet Institute celebrated the life of Robert Blain inviting his friends for a lunch and tour of the Institute.

May, 2011 (12)

28 May, 2011

The Age Letter to the Editor - Safe Injecting Facility

In response to the growing debate surrounding safe injecting facilities in Melbourne, The Age published a Letter to the Editor from Burnet Institute’s Professor Robert Power.

27 May, 2011

World leading maternal and child health expert visits Burnet

Leading maternal and child health researcher Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta continued the Burnet Institute’s reputation of attracting high profile researchers to speak of their work, presenting at a Compass seminar this week.

25 May, 2011

Burnet's Annual General Meeting looks to the future

2010 was a breakthrough year for the Burnet, with record levels of revenue, expenditure on global public health programs and medical research, and our highest ever number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

20 May, 2011

Burnet salutes recognition of infectious diseases pioneers

Two Australian scientists, WEHI’s Professor Alan Cowman and Professor Ian Frazer from the Diamantina Institute have been elected Fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge.

20 May, 2011

World Health Statistics 2011 show battle to reduce maternal and child deaths from infectious disease

New figures just released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show many countries are battling to reduce maternal and child deaths caused by infectious diseases.

19 May, 2011

Burnet scientist wins Frank Fenner Award

A big congratulations to Associate Professor Johnson Mak for recently being announced as this year’s Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) Frank Fenner Award winner.

12 May, 2011

Reflections on the 22nd International Harm Reduction Conference

An Anex-hosted forum will be held in Melbourne on 31 May to reflect on the key issues raised at the recent 22nd International Harm Reduction Conference in Beirut, Lebanon.

12 May, 2011

Australian and Chinese Health Minister lay out priorities for collaboration

Australia has strengthened its health collaboration with China following a meeting between Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon and Chinese Health Minister, Chen Zhu in Beijing.

11 May, 2011

Medical researchers relieved at NHMRC funding in 2011 Budget

Burnet welcomes the Budget announcement that funding for NHMRC will not be cut as predicted, but be retained at close to current levels.

09 May, 2011

Money needed to target alcohol-related issues in Pacific

Burnet Institute fellow and research officer Lucina Schmich travelled to Canberra this week to present her research to the Parliamentary Roundtable on ending gender based violence in the Asia-Pacific region.

06 May, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day upon us, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the mother’s in the world who don’t have access to the resources to keep themselves or their children healthy.

04 May, 2011

Renowned HIV immunologist visits Burnet

Burnet Institute had the privilege of highly acclaimed French HIV immunologist Professor Brigitte Autran present her recent work at the monthly Director’s Seminar.

April, 2011 (9)

29 April, 2011

Burnet’s CD4 Point-of-Care test to improve HIV patient care in the developing world

On the Day of Immunology, Associate Professor David Anderson analyses what hurdles still need to be overcome before Burnet’s CD4 PoC test can provide improved, cost-effective testing for 30 million HIV patients worldwide.

28 April, 2011

Rapid HIV testing not far away

Rapid HIV testing in Australia is not far away according to research conducted by Burnet Institute’s Dr Mark Stoové and Alisa Pedrana.

27 April, 2011

World Malaria Day

This year’s theme of World Malaria Day on 25 April was ‘Achieving Progress and Impact’ and it focused on global efforts to control the disease.

20 April, 2011

GP notice sometimes preferable for STIs

Research has found patients were less likely to inform casual or ex-partners about an infeciton.

20 April, 2011

Burnet opposes Gene Patenting Bill

Burnet Institute has made a submission to the Inquiry into the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 stating the passing of the Bill could negatively affect the institute’s work.

12 April, 2011

Media release: Are you looking at me? Canadian research into preventing bar violence

‘Are you looking at me? Canadian researcher presents findings for preventing bar violence

11 April, 2011

Burnet staff turn out to support NHMRC rally

‘Cures not cuts’ was the catchcry of thousands of scientists, researchers and supporters who turned out in Melbourne to protest against proposed cuts to medical research funding.

08 April, 2011

Edelmira Peregrino Go International Health Student of the Year

Celeste Marsh has been named this year’s Edelmira Peregrino Go International Health Student of the Year.

07 April, 2011

Malaria the focus for Burnet on World Health Day

The focus this year was on Global Health Challenges: A focus on infectious diseases.

March, 2011 (12)

31 March, 2011

New Directors appointed at Burnet

Burnet Institute welcomes the appointment of three new directors to its Board – Professor Peter Colman, Ms Mary Padbury and Professor Mike Toole.

30 March, 2011

Scaling up family planning-key issue at AusAID roundtable

Meeting the unmet need for family planning would save an estimated US$5.1 billion on maternal and newborn care alone.

29 March, 2011

Australian institutions centre stage in fight to control hepatitis B

Vaccinating a baby in the first 24 hours of life against hepatitis B is potentially lifesaving, yet millions of children in resource-poor countries are still missing out.

24 March, 2011

WHO launches new report on World TB Day

It’s been almost 130 years since Dr Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis – yet tragically, more than 1.7 million people are still dying each year from the disease.

20 March, 2011

Concern over methadone doctor shortage

The number of Victorians dying from drug overdoses or suicide will rise if more doctors are not recruited to treat heroin addicts and tackle a crisis in Victoria’s methadone prescribing service, drug experts warn.

11 March, 2011

Global study: Australian women suffering consequences of drinking alcohol

Women in Australia and New Zealand suffer more negative consequences of drinking alcohol than most countries according to a study published in the journal Addiction.

08 March, 2011

Burnet Institute celebrates 25 years

Some of Victoria’s most senior officials were present at a special garden party at Government House last Saturday to celebrate the Burnet Institute’s 25th anniversary.

06 March, 2011

Burnet appoints two new ambassadors

Princess Kasune Zulu and Belinda Collins are both passionate in their commitment to raise awareness globally about the effects of HIV and AIDS.

03 March, 2011

Study published in BMJ: Cannabis increases risks of psychotic symptoms

Regular use of cannabis can cause the onset of psychotic symptoms in vulnerable people, according to an editorial published in the British Medical Journal this week featuring Burnet’s Professor Louisa Degenhardt.

01 March, 2011

Burnet signs two year Cooperation Agreement with TIbet Autonomous Region of China

Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health announced the signing of a new, two-year Cooperation Agreement with government health authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

01 March, 2011

NHMRC development grant a boost for HIV research

The NHMRC development grant offers approximately $160,000 over 18 months and will enable the Gorry laboratory to continue its collaborative work with Monash University.

01 March, 2011

Study into how HIV infection affects immune cells' use of energy.

Burnet Institute sought both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people for a new research project to understand how HIV infection affects the way immune cells use energy.

February, 2011 (7)

17 February, 2011

Canadian government officials tour Burnet

While attending a conference in Melbourne this week, leading government health experts from Canada, Dr David Butler-Jones and Dr Rainer Engelhardt, took the opportunity to tour Burnet’s world-class facilities.

15 February, 2011

Letter to the Editor, Herald Sun "The State Government will spend more than $500,000 to supply drug addicts with condoms

This Letter to the Editor was sent in response to an article published in the Herald Sun on 13 February 2011.

12 February, 2011

Dr James Beeson joins Burnet Institute

The Beeson Lab, previously based at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, will focus on understanding immunity to malaria through clinical and population studies in malaria-endemic countries, and malaria vaccine development.

10 February, 2011

One Health Congress - world experts to tackle infectious disease threat

The Burnet is among the world’s leading institutes taking part in the ground-breaking International One Health Congress in Melbourne.

07 February, 2011

Burnet a member of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)

The ADDC is an Australian-based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries, and building on a human rights platform for disability advocacy.

07 February, 2011

RTI International (USA) visits Burnet

The visit was designed to increase mutual understanding of the research and public health activities that both organisations are involved in, leading to potential future collaborations.

03 February, 2011

Alcohol and drug use research boosted by ARC Future Fellowship

Burnet’s Alcohol and Other Drug Research Unit has been awarded the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship to help continue its great work.

January, 2011 (1)

20 January, 2011

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

The Burnet Institute will join thousands of rock fans at Melbourne’s Big Day Out on Sunday 30 January to research the attitudes of young Australians towards sex and drugs.

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