News (2013)

December, 2013 (11)

30 December, 2013

Understanding HIV in the brain

Published in IMPACT, we reveal why understanding HIV in the brain will help in the quest for a cure.

20 December, 2013

2013: Year in Review

Significant discoveries, exciting events and awards have made this year one of Burnet’s most successful.

20 December, 2013

Eliminating malaria: vaccines, treatment and prevention.

Tragically, more than 600,000 people died from malaria this year.

20 December, 2013

Malaria project in NHMRC's top ten

A Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and Burnet Institute research project showcased in NHMRC’s Ten of the Best.

18 December, 2013

Head of China Program receives prestigious language scholarship

Lisa Renkin has received a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship for an in-country Chinese language course.

17 December, 2013

Victorian Government creates Justice Health Advisory Council

Burnet’s Head of Justice Health, Associate Professor Mark Stoové has been selected to join the council.

16 December, 2013

Natasha Stott Despoja AM appointed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls

Congratulations to our former Board member on her prestigious appointment!

10 December, 2013

Dendritic Cell Research Lab receives funding boost

Dr Meredith O’Keeffe granted more than £220,000 from the Association for International Cancer Research.

03 December, 2013

Governor of Victoria, the Honorable Mr Alex Chernov AC QC visits Burnet

Burnet has hosted a special visit by our Patron-in-chief.

01 December, 2013

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi opens AIDS 2014

The AIDS 2014 Conference is officially opened at Government House, Melbourne.

01 December, 2013

Melbourne turns red for World AIDS Day

Red was everywhere - from Fed Square to Government House.

November, 2013 (12)

29 November, 2013

Travel awards presented to outstanding young researchers

Acknowledging the support of the philanthropic sector while recognising the talent of the Institute’s staff.

28 November, 2013

Burnet signs MoU with Myanmar Ministry of Health

For the first time we can work across all 14 regions.

27 November, 2013

Poor diet leading cause of disease in Australia

Author of the Global Burden of Disease Study says Australians don’t eat enough fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables.

26 November, 2013

Young people falling through gaps in HIV services

The WHO has reported that gaps in HIV services for young people has led to a rise in the infection rate globally.

21 November, 2013

HIV and STI education needed to improve prisoner health in Fiji

World-first Burnet research looks at the health outcomes and behaviours of people in prison in the Pacific.

19 November, 2013

Rolling out point-of-care HIV testing in PNG

Point-of-care testing aims to provide greater access to testing, treatment and monitoring for HIV-positive patients.

18 November, 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi to launch AIDS 2014

Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Suu will launch the conference at Melbourne’s World AIDS Day celebrations.

18 November, 2013

Prime Minister Abbott meets project leaders in Sri Lanka

Burnet and The Fred Hollows Foundation making an impact in Sri Lanka

13 November, 2013

Outstanding researcher receives ARC Future Fellowship

Dr Freya Fowkes has been awarded more than $750,000 to further her work on malaria immunity.

12 November, 2013

How best to help the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan

Exploring the risk of epidemics of infectious diseases following the storm.

07 November, 2013

Syria's polio outbreak is a global public health emergency

Professor Mike Toole writes for The Conversation on the recent polio outbreak in Syria.

07 November, 2013

Burnet strengthens collaborations in China

A Burnet delegation signed two landmark partnerships and visited the Institute’s research and development facility.

October, 2013 (12)

29 October, 2013

Burnet launches Campaign to STOP TB

The world’s biggest killer is making a comeback. Donate now to STOP TB and help save lives like baby Stan.

24 October, 2013

Centre for International Health receives first-ever NHMRC grant

Burnet awarded NHMRC funding to assess HIV novel point-of-care tests and early infant diagnosis in PNG and China.

24 October, 2013

Chlamydia rates rise for younger girls

Burnet research shows chlamydia rates in girls aged 12 to 15 higher than older women, as reported in The Age.

23 October, 2013

Congratulations to Burnet's NHMRC grant recipients

The Institute was awarded more than $7.7million in NHMRC funding announced today in Melbourne.

23 October, 2013

38 per cent of young Australians at risk of acquiring an STI

Burnet research shows most young people don’t accurately perceive they are at risk of acquiring an STI.

23 October, 2013

Developing resistance-proof antimalarials

One of Australia’s leading geneticists, Professor Simon Foote presents his latest work on host-parasite interactions.

22 October, 2013

Engaging men in maternal and child health in PNG

Burnet hosts conference looking at evidence around the benefits of male involvement.

20 October, 2013

IMPACT: A special Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies edition

Dr Michelle Hendel writes about the unfinished work of addressing maternal and newborn deaths.

15 October, 2013

Latest malaria data presented at MiM 2013

Next generation of malaria researchers find out about the latest approaches to solve this global issue.

11 October, 2013

An extraordinary legacy keeps on giving

In a loving tribute to his wife, Jim Beever generously left a legacy to Burnet Institute – a gift in his Will.

07 October, 2013

New drugs and an effective vaccine could lead to hepatitis C eradication

Researchers at HCV 2013 say eliminating HCV could soon be possible.

01 October, 2013

Mac Burnet's legacy lives on

Burnet’s Associate Professor David Anderson speaks on ABC Radio about the Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet’s influence on our work.

September, 2013 (10)

26 September, 2013

Outstanding Burnet student a Distinguished Monash Alumni

Genevieve Martin received the award for her voluntary service to Monash University and community leadership.

17 September, 2013

Burnet researcher collaborates with University of Montreal

Rachel Sacks-Davis has travelled to Canada to further her research into hepatitis C transmission

16 September, 2013

Burnet celebrates Include a Charity Week

The Institute joined 140 charities to raise awareness of the importance of leaving a gift to charity in your Will.

13 September, 2013

Burnet working for better health in Tibet

Burnet’s Tibet Health Capacity Building Program is showing results of health system strengthening.

13 September, 2013

Burnet establishes new company in Nanjing, China

The company will undertake research and development of novel diagnostics tools in areas of unmet medical need.

10 September, 2013

Outstanding Burnet researcher presents Fenner Lecture

Professor Paul Dietze is recognised with the Institute’s Fenner Award for his contribution to public health.

10 September, 2013

Macquarie Group Foundation supports Burnet Institute

A gift from the Foundation will help Burnet find solutions to high rates of maternal and child death in PNG.

09 September, 2013

Alcohol-related smartphone apps wildly inaccurate

Burnet research featured in The Herald Sun shows most apps were flawed and in some cases encouraged drinking.

05 September, 2013

Disappointment at coalition's announcement on foreign aid

Professor Brendan Crabb says foreign aid is the only proven method in tackling the world’s largest problems.

05 September, 2013

A postcard from Kabul

Professor Mike Toole AM reflects on the launch of Afghanistan’s National Polio Immunisation Days.

August, 2013 (5)

20 August, 2013

Burnet welcomes Labor biotech initiative

The ALP has made an election commitment of up to $125 million for a new Medical Research Innovation Fund.

15 August, 2013

Student Night attracts bumper turn out

Budding future scientists enjoyed the chance to meet our leading researchers.

14 August, 2013

Rapid HIV test clinic open for business

PRONTO! to reduce barriers to frequent HIV testing among gay men in Melbourne.

12 August, 2013

Burnet Laos honoured with Prime Minister’s medal

Congratulations to our Burnet Laos team especially Dr Amphone Keoudom and Mr Thalalin Vongsonephet.

06 August, 2013

Funding boost for outstanding PhD students

Two outstanding Burnet PhD students have been awarded competitive Australian Postgraduate Awards.

July, 2013 (11)

28 July, 2013

Burnet to collaborate on ground-breaking PrEP trial

The project will test the efficacy of medications in reducing the transmission of HIV in Victoria.

25 July, 2013

Treating people who inject drugs the first step towards eliminating hepatitis C

First-ever international guidelines for treating hepatitis C in PWID released.

25 July, 2013

CREIDU Colloquium: Take-home naloxone could save lives

Naloxone could prevent opiate overdose deaths if readily available to those witnessing overdose.

24 July, 2013

Monash Partners to boost medical research in Victoria

Health Minister launches clinical research cluster, partnering healthcare providers with research institutes.

22 July, 2013

Children help researchers solve malaria vaccine puzzle

Burnet researchers have found promising new targets for a vaccine to prevent malaria.

15 July, 2013

Burnet finds 40 per cent of young Victorians have sexted in the past 12 months

The Herald Sun reports on a Burnet-led, Australian-first study on sexting.

08 July, 2013

New TB isolation ward opens in PNG’s Western Province

A new 22-bed TB and isolation ward opens at Daru General Hospital.

08 July, 2013

How far are we from finding a cure for HIV?

Professor Sharon Lewin comments on the latest developments in the search for a cure for the Sunday Age.

08 July, 2013

Female-controlled strategies for HIV prevention

Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian writes about microbicides for the Positive Women Victoria newsletter.

04 July, 2013

Researcher wins prestigious Young Researcher Award

Dr Lachlan Gray has received a Young Investigator Award at the IAS Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

03 July, 2013

Gates Foundation funds innovative vaccine project

The project uses crystals to stimulate the immune system to protect against viruses such as HIV and influenza.

June, 2013 (12)

28 June, 2013

Burnet forms Timor-Leste TB interest group

The group recently met to identify areas of need for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis in Timor-Leste.

27 June, 2013

Burnet researcher awarded preventive health fellowship

Dr Megan Lim will explore reducing young people’s alcohol consumption and other risk behaviours using social media.

25 June, 2013

Coalition’s promise resuscitates medical research reform

The Burnet Institute has welcomed the Coalition’s election promise committing to medical research reform.

24 June, 2013

Reflecting on 30 years of HIV and AIDS research

Burnet reflects on the global response to HIV and AIDS at a special event at Parliament House, Canberra.

23 June, 2013

Burnet's TB experts feature in ABC Newsline report

Burnet’s new approach to a point-of-care TB diagnostic features in this ABC Newsline report by Kate Arnott.

19 June, 2013

International public health expert praises Burnet CD4 test

Professor Charles Gilks said the test was the future in achieving universal access to HIV treatment.

19 June, 2013

Burnet PhD students among Victoria's best

Two outstanding young Burnet scientists have been recognised for their work at the ASMR Victorian Student Symposium.

17 June, 2013

Put politics aside says research community

Warnings of a dire future if politicians didn’t take a bipartisan and strategic approach to funding research.

14 June, 2013

Burnet's new approach to point-of-care TB diagnostic

Associate Professor David Anderson is heading up Burnet’s TB diagnostic development.

13 June, 2013

Experts call for unified response in tackling TB in Asia/Pacific

Urgent need for increased research into effective, low-cost diagnostics, treatment and prevention programs.

12 June, 2013

Women Deliver conference - Burnet's perspective

Burnet’s Dr Chris Morgan talks about emerging issues for maternal and newborn health in Asia and the Pacific.

04 June, 2013

Young malaria research star recognised in Premier's Awards

Dr Michelle Boyle has received a commendation in the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

May, 2013 (12)

29 May, 2013

Bill Gates: polio, malaria and Australia's aid budget

When my foundation gave US$40 million for malaria vaccine research we became the biggest funder in the world!

28 May, 2013

Polio eradication efforts need money and political commitment

Professor Mike Toole writes about the challenges in eradicating polio, ahead of Bill Gates' visit to Australia.

28 May, 2013

Tackling tuberculosis in PNG's Western Province

In the Autumn edition of IMPACT, we analyse the worsening epidemic in Western Province and drug-resistant TB.

27 May, 2013

Burnet researcher awarded NIH grant

Associate Professor Melissa Churchill received a coveted grant for her ground breaking work on HIV in the brain.

25 May, 2013

Is family and peer naloxone distribution gaining momentum?

CREIDU highlights concerns about increasing fatal overdoses associated with heroin and other opioids.

22 May, 2013

Outstanding HIV researcher awarded Gust-McKenzie medal

Dr Mark Stoové was presented the prestigious medal at the AGM.

21 May, 2013

Do not resuscitate: the journal impact factor declared dead

Burnet’s Professor Brendan Crabb explains why the JIF has major flaws in an article in The Conversation.

21 May, 2013

HIV specialist by day, novelist by night

Professor Robert Power has released his latest book based on 25 years of experience of harm reduction.

20 May, 2013

Report reveals adverse impact of public injecting in Nth Richmond

New research reveals increasing health risks for people who inject drugs and significant community concern.

17 May, 2013

Relief as medical research funding maintained

Professor Brendan Crabb said he is pleased NHMRC funding has been maintained in the federal Budget.

07 May, 2013

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies will save lives

Burnet Institute has called for increased commitment from the philanthropic and corporate sectors.

03 May, 2013

Bob Carr 'urges support' for maternal and child health in PNG

Foreign minister to attend Burnet Institute maternal and child health fundraising dinner in PNG.

April, 2013 (10)

29 April, 2013

Day of Immunology 'Discovery Tour' a hit

Keen members of the public met our immunologists and enjoyed their special tour ‘behind the scenes’.

25 April, 2013

22 April, 2013

Suzanne Crowe: a dame for all reasons

Burnet Associate Director, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM is profiled in prestigious medical journal The Lancet.

17 April, 2013

Malaria - A collaborative approach. Video 6:33.

Through the Australia Awards program, AusAID and Burnet are strengthening capacity towards malaria prevention.

12 April, 2013

Polio 'endgame' strategy launched

Professor Mike Toole is part of a group of eminent scientists declaring polio can be eradicated by 2018.

11 April, 2013

Medical research funding cut back

Professor Brendan Crabb says a $70 million funding cut to health and medical research will have a dire effect.

10 April, 2013

Burnet’s Centre for Biomedical Research heralds new era

Internationally renowned researchers, Professor James Beeson and Professor Sharon Lewin will lead the Centre.

08 April, 2013

Deadly flu outbreak in China

Australia’s leading influenza expert says the outbreak that has caused six deaths has the potential to spread.

08 April, 2013

McKeon Review released

The review outlined 21 recommendations, including a long-term vision of a fully integrated health and medical research sector.

March, 2013 (14)

28 March, 2013

Leading international HIV researcher, Professor Kenneth Mayer presents at Burnet

Recent studies into antiretroviral chemoprophylaxis for HIV prevention

26 March, 2013

Super-resolution microscope arrives!

Thanks to the generous support of donors and supporters, a super-resolution microscope is here.

23 March, 2013

Improved TB diagnostics needed

TB is more common in developing countries, but there are still a number of new cases identified in Victoria each year.

21 March, 2013

Burnet scientist wins Mollie Holman Medal

HIV researcher, Dr Michael Roche wins prestigious award from Monash University.

21 March, 2013

Dr Mark Stoové joins gay and lesbian advisory committee

The group will advise government on health, ageing and drug services issues in the GLBTI community.

20 March, 2013

Injecting drugs: important issues and urgent responses required.

People who inject drugs experience the highest level of stigma of all drug users according to CREIDU.

19 March, 2013

HIV high on the agenda at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs session in Vienna

HIV and drug use placed at the heart of the global agenda.

14 March, 2013

Global Fund visits Burnet

Executive Director of The Global Fund, Dr Mark Dybul visited Melbourne this week for a round table discussion with representatives of Australian NGOs.

08 March, 2013

Burnet celebrates International Women's Day

Celebrating women in science and highlighting the inequalities in health that women in developing countries face.

05 March, 2013

New leadership team for Centre for International Health

Associate Professor Stanley Luchters and Professor Robert Power are outstanding public health professionals

04 March, 2013

Melbourne researchers give HIV a wake up call

Researchers have moved a step closer to finding a cure for HIV by luring the ‘sleeping’ virus out of infected cells.

04 March, 2013

Melbourne emerging as a 'world centre' for medical research

Australia one of the top six biotech nations in the world.

03 March, 2013

Ecstasy use not just at dance parties

Burnet research shows ecstasy emergency presentations more likely to come from pubs, clubs or homes.

01 March, 2013

Government and community can do more to end HIV

More than ever we need on-going financial support from the Federal Government and from the community to achieve a 30-year quest to find a cure for HIV.

February, 2013 (14)

27 February, 2013

Research a key weapon in turning the tide against HIV

Without an increased commitment in funding the significant progress towards finding a cure will stall.

24 February, 2013

Burnet hosts ANCP project managers

Project managers from Zimbabwe, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea in Melbourne for a workshop

21 February, 2013

Natasha Stott Despoja AM campaigns for HIV positive women

Living Positive Victoria’s ENUF campaign combats HIV stigma and discrimination.

19 February, 2013

New hepatitis C treatments to be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

$220 million to be provided over five years to subsidise new hepatitis C treatments, boceprevir and telaprevir.

19 February, 2013

New hepatitis C treatments to be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

$220 million to be provided over five years to subsidise new hepatitis C treatments, boceprevir and telaprevir.

11 February, 2013

Killing polio workers threatens grave consequences

Professor Mike Toole comments on the recent killings of polio workers in Nigeria for The Conversation.

08 February, 2013

Very positive meeting with Myanmar Health Minister

Maternal and child health among the key health challenges discussed during the meeting with the Minister.

07 February, 2013

Early therapy for HIV vital

New insight into the optimal timing of therapy for HIV infection could give patients a better chance of responding to potential cure strategies of the future.

07 February, 2013

Fostering closer ties with Myanmar in malaria research

Malaria is the cause of much death and disability in the country.

07 February, 2013

Maternal and child health programs making a difference

Hundreds of locals greeted the Burnet delegation to thank them for Burnet’s programs which help save lives.

06 February, 2013

Burnet delegation honoured to meet Aung San Suu Kyi

Women’s and children’s health among the key issues discussed in Nay Pyi Taw

06 February, 2013

New research finds teens regret sex after drinking

The study analysed data relating to young people’s sexual behaviour and its association with alcohol.

04 February, 2013

Burnet delegation in Myanmar holding high-level talks with senior health officials

Women’s and children’s health among the key issues to be discussed.

04 February, 2013

Visiting Chinese researcher strengthens TB collaboration

Hongmei Liu from the Institute for Pathogen Biology has been learning techniques of a novel diagnostic assay.

January, 2013 (7)

30 January, 2013

Coalition commitment to medical research welcome

Professor Brendan Crabb comments on the Coalition announcement to protect health and medical research funding.

29 January, 2013

Vale - Burnet founding chairman the Hon Geoffrey Connard AM

We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of the Hon Geoffrey Connard AM.

29 January, 2013

BDO study: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll - biggest ever!

Thanks to the 1600 young people who took part in our Big Day Out survey about sexual health, and drug and alcohol use.

26 January, 2013

Burnet international health specialist awarded AM

Professor Mike Toole AM has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours with a Member of the Order of Australia.

14 January, 2013

Victoria first to trial rapid HIV test

A community-based rapid HIV testing trial run by the Burnet Institute and the Victorian AIDS Council will be operational by mid-2013.

14 January, 2013

New Horizons: CD4 test on the frontline

The VISITECT® CD4 test to undergo validation studies in sub-Saharan Africa and PNG.

07 January, 2013

Reaching Out: Working with Melbourne’s most vulnerable

The poor health status of people who inject drugs is one of Burnet’s key research priorities.

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