News (2017)

December, 2017 (13)

20 December, 2017

2017 Year in Review: July to December

Our review of Burnet’s landmark events and key moments in 2017 continues.

20 December, 2017

2017 Year in Review: January to June

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

18 December, 2017

Healthy ageing starts early

Researchers look to birth and infant years for clues to healthy ageing. Special feature in IMPACT.

13 December, 2017

New training for PNG TB response

A specialised training course led by Burnet Institute is helping health workers in Papua New Guinea to conduct tuberculosis operational research.

12 December, 2017

Burnet to advise WHO on global emergency guidelines for labs

World Health Organization appoints Burnet to develop global guidelines to protect labs during emergencies.

11 December, 2017

Burnet's leaders in virology

Professor Gilda Tachedjian has been appointed President of the Australasian Virology Society, and Associate Professor Heidi Drummer, Vice President.

10 December, 2017

Investing in adolescent health

Burnet Institute is leading a number of projects to realise the incredible potential of investment in adolescent health.

08 December, 2017

Tiny tests, big impact

Improving the health of vulnerable communities lies at the heart of ambitious diagnostic development research underway at Burnet.

06 December, 2017

Burnet excels in NHMRC funding

Burnet Institute researchers have been awarded four NHMRC project grants and two postgraduate scholarships in the latest round of funding.

02 December, 2017

Key partnership to improve health for Papua New Guineans

Oil Search Foundation and Burnet Institute enter into enduring partnership to benefit PNG health.

01 December, 2017

U=U addressing HIV stigma

Associate Professor Mark Stoové is excited by the U=U campaign as a means to address HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

01 December, 2017

Vital HIV test now a reality

On World AIDS Day Omega Diagnostics has announced with Burnet Institute the commercial release of its VISITECT® CD4 point-of-care test.

01 December, 2017

World AIDS Day launch has HIV covered

The latest in HIV research, policy and advocacy were showcased at Victoria’s World AIDS Day Community Launch.

November, 2017 (11)

30 November, 2017

Testing, prevention needed to reduce HIV incidence

Burnet research shows achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets in Australia will have limited impact on the incidence of HIV.

29 November, 2017

Long, complex road ahead in microbiome research

Professor Gilda Tachedjian is excited by the possibilities of research into the human microbiome.

27 November, 2017

Hep C Testing: The front line

A multidisciplinary clinic in Melbourne’s west is part of the Rapid-EC pilot study targeting the elimination of HCV through nurse-led models of care.

22 November, 2017

New frontiers for TB specialist

Dr Philipp du Cros is excited by his new appointment to Burnet’s TB Elimination and Implementation Science working group.

18 November, 2017

IMPACT: Latest edition out now!

Small but powerful diagnostics, Healthy Ageing and Adolescent Health all feature in the latest IMPACT magazine.

16 November, 2017

Call for boost to TB research

Dr Suman Majumdar is urging health leaders meeting in Moscow to make research a priority in TB programs globally.

14 November, 2017

Adolescence an opportunity for Indigenous Australians

A landmark study led by Dr Peter Azzopardi addresses the health needs of Indigenous adolescents in Australia.

10 November, 2017

Fenner Award for international public health trailblazer

Described as ‘heroic’ and a ‘trailblazer’ Dr Chris Morgan has been awarded Burnet’s prestigious 2017 Fenner Award.

09 November, 2017

APSAD Oration focus on opioid overdose

Failure to stop opioid overdose in Australia is the topic of Prof Paul Dietze’s James Rankin Oration at APSAD 2017.

06 November, 2017

Positive signs from hepatitis summit

World Hepatitis Summit signals the World Health Organization hepatitis elimination goals are achievable.

01 November, 2017

Point-of-care test for sepsis attracts Victorian funding

A Burnet test for sepsis has earned funding from the new Victorian Medical Research Fund.

October, 2017 (10)

31 October, 2017

Burnet welcomes trial of safe injecting facility

Burnet Institute welcomes Victoria’s decision to trial a supervised drug-injecting facility in North Richmond.

31 October, 2017

Saving Lives and SIF: Aaron’s story

Aaron’s story is heartbreaking. His death and those of many others have led to the landmark SIF trial in Richmond.

27 October, 2017

Pacific health leaders learning about antimicrobial resistance

Burnet Institute and Alfred Health share knowledge to strengthen regional responses to antimicrobial resistance.

23 October, 2017

Lactic acid's role in protecting women at risk of HIV

Professor Gilda Tachedjian presents research findings at a Microbiome in HIV conference in the US.

20 October, 2017

Fellowship for Burnet excellence

Burnet’s Professor James Beeson has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

20 October, 2017

Deadly sepsis: Insights from Dr Michelle Scoullar

A Burnet-developed point-of-care test could diagnose sepsis in just 20 minutes!

16 October, 2017

Vale Levinia Crooks

HIV sector pays tribute to lifelong contribution after the death of Adjunct Associate Professor Levinia Crooks, AM, CEO of ASHM.

11 October, 2017

Leading roles for Burnet in NHMRC Malaria CRE

Burnet Institute researchers will play leading roles in a new Malaria Centre for Research Excellence.

11 October, 2017

Burnet researchers share in NHMRC grants

Five Burnet researchers have been awarded NHMRC Research Fellowships and Development Grants for 2017.

09 October, 2017

Burnet welcomes new regional Health Security Initiative

The Australian Government’s Initiative to combat existing and emerging infectious diseases attracts strong support.

September, 2017 (9)

28 September, 2017

New insights into malaria immunity

New Burnet Institute research has found that immunity to malaria may be better maintained than expected.

27 September, 2017

Landmark Burnet study shows malaria link to stillbirths

Burnet researchers estimate malaria causes up to 200,000 stillbirths annually in sub-Saharan Africa.

26 September, 2017

Older drug injectors require attention too

Burnet’s Professor Paul Dietze and Dr Peter Higgs shine a light on issues facing older people who inject drugs in BMJ.

22 September, 2017

Cancer drug found to block HIV

New Burnet Institute research led by Dr Clovis Palmer has identified a cancer drug that can block HIV replication.

20 September, 2017

New first for Burnet in biosafety

A custom-designed biosafety cabinet is set to transform the sample testing capabilities of Burnet’s laboratories.

19 September, 2017

Burnet endorses marriage equality

On the basis of evidence and our overarching mission, Burnet Institute endorses marriage equality in Australia.

15 September, 2017

Strong interest in Student Night

Burnet courses and projects for 2018 attracted keen interest from prospective students at AMREP Student Night.

13 September, 2017

The Pacific's Last Taboo

Landmark research led by Burnet Research Fellow Lisa Natoli addresses harmful taboos around menstruation in three Pacific nations.

11 September, 2017

Include a Charity Week

As a member of the Include a Charity campaign, Burnet Institute is pleased to support Include a Charity Week 2017.

August, 2017 (5)

21 August, 2017

HIV research optimism on PrEP

Burnet researchers remain optimistic about the subsidisation of HIV prevention drug PrEP despite the latest deferral of approval.

18 August, 2017

New malaria insights for budding researcher

An intensive week of work experience discovering all about malaria was inspiring for 16-year-old Katrina Larcher.

08 August, 2017

Burnet modelling targets HIV transmissions

Dr Nick Scott’s modelling shows how to prevent 2000 HIV transmissions in Australia over the next three years.

01 August, 2017

Discovery Award to support new test for sepsis

Burnet’s Global Health Diagnostics Laboratory wins a prestigious Longitude Prize Discovery Award.

01 August, 2017

First HIV link to frailty and ageing diseases

Burnet research casts new light on the effects of HIV on frailty and ageing diseases in HIV-positive men.

July, 2017 (11)

28 July, 2017

Burnet World Hepatitis Day Symposium

The importance of testing and partnerships were key themes of our World Hepatitis Day Symposium.

27 July, 2017

Hep C treatment decline prompts new call out

Australians with hepatitis C are being urged to seek treatment with new highly effective medications.

26 July, 2017

Look to Indonesia to see why we vaccinate our children

Insights from Burnet Board member Helen Evans, a special advisor to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

17 July, 2017

Clovis Palmer an emerging leader in HIV research

Dr Clovis Palmer to present at the International AIDS Society Conference as an ‘emerging leader’ in HIV research.

13 July, 2017

Australia pledges more than $30 million for family planning in Pacific

Burnet Institute welcomes this ‘very positive outcome’ to reduce unmet need.

12 July, 2017

Burnet study adapted to target student risky drinking

Melbourne University residential college students are to receive tailored texts to address binge and risky drinking.

12 July, 2017

Random drug tests no deterrent to drug-users' driving

Burnet research has found that random drug testing of drivers in Australia is no deterrent to regular drug users.

10 July, 2017

Burnet joins calls for govt funding boost for family planning

International Family Planning Summit 2017 gets underway this week in London.

07 July, 2017

The case for new hepatitis C treatments

Burnet hepatitis researchers have put the case for new hepatitis C treatments in a commentary in the The Lancet.

06 July, 2017

Burnet researcher elected president of ACHV

Associate Professor Heidi Drummer to lead Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology.

06 July, 2017

Kerryn Moore awarded Aileen Plant Memorial Prize

Research on malaria in pregnancy expected to change treatment guidelines globally.

June, 2017 (18)

30 June, 2017

Pornography the norm for young Australians

A Burnet study led by Dr Megan Lim has shown a huge uptake of pornography by young Australians.

29 June, 2017

New funding boost to eliminate HIV in Victoria

Burnet Institute joins Victoria’s HIV community in welcoming the Victorian Government’s new HIV strategy.

28 June, 2017

R&D grant for the Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI)

The Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI) lab has been awarded a Victoria-Jiangsu Innovation and Technology R&D grant.

27 June, 2017

Parental education program sets new standard

A Burnet parental education program in PNG is to be incorporated into the local government’s own health system.

27 June, 2017

Bank South Pacific support for HMHB

Our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program is entering a new phase with funding from Bank South Pacific.

26 June, 2017

The science in humanitarian health

Burnet director Prof Mike Toole says evidence-based health interventions are crucial in humanitarian relief efforts.

19 June, 2017

Dr Megan Lim a Club Melbourne Fellowship finalist

Dr Megan Lim acknowledged for her research into new communication technologies in public health.

16 June, 2017

The case for a malaria vaccine

While steady progress is being achieved in the fight against malaria, Dr Vashti Irani explains the need for an effective vaccine.

12 June, 2017

Queen's Birthday Honours for Burnet Associates

Burnet Board member Professor Peter Colman and former Deputy Director Professor Nick Crofts honoured.

09 June, 2017

Prestigious award for Burnet Associate

A/Prof Julian Elliott wins Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

08 June, 2017

Turning point for HMHB

Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies project has achieved an important milestone with the recruitment of its 700th participant.

08 June, 2017

Addressing health challenges in Papua New Guinea

Leading researchers Dr Willie Pomat and Dr Evelyn Lavu explain how PNG is addressing its many health challenges.

07 June, 2017

Envoy calls for regional TB partnerships

The UN Special Envoy on TB, Professor Eric Goosby has urged Australia to convene a regional response.

07 June, 2017

Medical Research Week underway

Medical Research Week acknowledges the contributions made by the sector to improving the health of Australians.

05 June, 2017

From lab to icebergs: Sarah's amazing journey

Malaria researcher Dr Sarah Charnaud took a once-in-a-lifetime women’s science expedition to Antarctica.

02 June, 2017

Burnet hosts High Commissioner

Australia’s High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Mr Bruce Davis, has been visiting Burnet’s facilities in Kokopo, East New Britain.

01 June, 2017

Point-of-care test to detect liver cancer wins China acclaim

A liver disease test developed by Burnet’s Nanjing BioPoint is recognised as ‘China Good Technology’.

01 June, 2017

Funding for new PNG TB project

Burnet Institute welcomes a new collaborative health security initiative to address multi-drug resistant TB in Papua New Guinea.

May, 2017 (10)

24 May, 2017

Burnet welcomes overhaul of NHMRC grants program

New changes to health and medical research grants funding expected to increase productivity and innovation.

24 May, 2017

Burnet Travel Awards

All roads lead to Baltimore in November for two of the winners of Burnet Institute 2017 Travel Awards.

23 May, 2017

Lead roles for Burnet malaria researchers

Burnet scientists have been appointed to key roles on long-term projects for malaria elimination on two continents.

19 May, 2017

MRFF funding for clinical trials welcomed

Burnet welcomes $33 million from the MRFF to support new clinical trials and research.

18 May, 2017

SuperMIX: Research into cessation of drug taking

In IMPACT magazine, Professor Paul Dietze says Australian rates of injecting drug use are falling.

17 May, 2017

2016 Annual Report highlights record-breaking year

Professor Brendan Crabb AC hails a record year for the Institute at the AGM.

17 May, 2017

Dr Joseph Doyle is 2017 Gust-McKenzie Medallist

Dr Joseph Doyle awarded the 2017 Gust-McKenzie Medal for his research into viral hepatitis.

12 May, 2017

On Mothers Day: A wish for healthy babies

Burnet’s new head of Maternal and Child Health: her public health journey, new motherhood and health equity mission.

04 May, 2017

Protection for women at high risk of HIV

Burnet HIV scientists have identified a metabolite that could help protect women at increased risk for HIV.

02 May, 2017

Burnet welcomes vital funding boost by Victorian Government

Increase of $8 million per year to iMRIs announced in state budget to support life-saving research.

April, 2017 (10)

30 April, 2017

Support for malaria projects in Indonesia

Burnet Institute hosts Australia Awards courses to help reduce the burden of malaria in Indonesia.

27 April, 2017

2017 Day of Immunology

Burnet Institute celebrated the 2017 Day of Immunology with a series of presentations and laboratory tours for interested members of the public.

25 April, 2017

Leaders lend support for HMHB

Political leaders from Australia and PNG showed their support for Burnet’s Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program.

25 April, 2017

New research findings as World Malaria Day observed

Naturally acquired immunity may help its hosts but complicates the research picture, Burnet scientists have found.

24 April, 2017

Special insights into malaria in Papua New Guinea

The outstanding malaria research of Burnet’s Dr Leanne Robinson has been profiled superbly in COSMOS magazine.

17 April, 2017

Experts endorse pandemic preparedness

Infectious disease and public health experts say Australia is well prepared to respond to a major pandemic.

09 April, 2017

WHO appointment for Professor Margaret Hellard

Professor Margaret Hellard appointed Co-Chair of WHO strategic advisory body on HIV and viral hepatitis.

07 April, 2017

World Health Day focus on depression

World Health Day 2017 is focusing on depression, an aspect of mental health that’s a growing area of Burnet research.

06 April, 2017

Burnet research at World Congress on Public Health

Burnet Institute research was presented at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.

02 April, 2017

Drug resistance a growing threat

HIV drug resistance in sub-Saharan Africa is growing and poses a serious threat to elimination goals, according to Burnet research.

March, 2017 (13)

31 March, 2017

Burnet workshops for expectant parents adopted in PNG

Encouraging positive involvement from fathers is among the key goals of this Australian government funded project.

30 March, 2017

Leading roles for Burnet at World Congress on Public Health

Burnet senior researchers have leading roles at next week’s 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne.

25 March, 2017

Daru unites to fight TB

It’s difficult to imagine commemorations more colourful and wholehearted anywhere globally on World TB Day 2017 than in Daru, Papua New Guinea.

24 March, 2017

World TB Day elicits optimism

On World TB Day, Dr Suman Majumdar is excited and optimistic about the latest advances globally and regionally in the fight against tuberculosis.

23 March, 2017

Burnet joins new Health Alliance

Burnet Institute has a central role in the establishment of a new platform, the Global Health Alliance Melbourne, chaired by the Hon John Brumby AO.

22 March, 2017

New TB challenges in Daru

The new team leader of Burnet’s RID-TB program in Daru, Papua New Guinea, understands the challenge of his new appointment.

21 March, 2017

Addressing HIV drug resistance in Papua New Guinea

A Burnet study recommends improved monitoring to address high levels of transmitted HIV drug resistance in PNG.

21 March, 2017

TB fight comes to Canberra

The fight against TB came to Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday for an event to help build awareness about TB’s impact in the Indo-Pacific region.

14 March, 2017

Immunity's key role in emergence of drug-resistant malaria

Burnet research has identified natural immunity as a potential driver of drug-resistant malaria.

13 March, 2017

2017 Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll survey

There’s a host of new topics to Burnet’s annual Sex, Drugs, and Rock‘n’Roll (SDRR) survey.

07 March, 2017

Health challenges for women in PNG focus of IWD lunch

Keynote speaker, Stephanie Copus-Campbell inspires with stories of her work with PNG women at Burnet’s IWD 2017 lunch.

06 March, 2017

Hep C virus exposed to attack

Burnet researchers re-engineer a major protein to render hepatitis C vulnerable to immune system attack.

01 March, 2017

A landmark era for Burnet Institute

One Burnet - a bold, but exciting new era in our history has begun.

February, 2017 (8)

20 February, 2017

Support for Coroner's findings on 'essential' injecting facility

Burnet’s Professor Paul Dietze endorses a recommendation for a supervised injecting facility in North Richmond.

20 February, 2017

Hepatitis guidelines a step towards elimination

Professor Margaret Hellard welcomes the release of World Health Organization hepatitis testing guidelines.

13 February, 2017

Support vital for patients on the TB journey

New program offers psychosocial support to TB patients in Daru, PNG

10 February, 2017

Winning battles for gender equity

Achieving gender equity in science is all about constantly fighting and winning small battles, according to Burnet researchers.

09 February, 2017

Support for trial of medically supervised injection facility

Burnet Institute supports the proposed trial of a medically supervised injection facility in North Richmond.

07 February, 2017

Malaria link to low birth weight babies identified

Burnet researchers identify first link between malaria in pregnancy and the increased risk of low birth weight babies.

06 February, 2017

Hep C focus of $7m NHMRC grant

The elimination of hepatitis C as a global public health threat is the goal of a prestigious $7 million Program Grant awarded to Professor Margaret Hellard.

01 February, 2017

The path to disease elimination

Burnet’s Director for Disease Elimination, Associate Professor Heidi Drummer has outlined the Institute’s strategy for infectious disease elimination.

January, 2017 (10)

26 January, 2017

Australia Day Honours for Burnet Patron-in-Chief, and board member

Congratulations to The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and Helen Evans AO.

25 January, 2017

Precious HMHB samples make pre-Christmas dash to Melbourne

An inspiring story: A race to bring 4000+ HMHB frozen samples from Kokopo, PNG to Melbourne.

18 January, 2017

New study to examine gestational diabetes in PNG

Burnet to research use of alternative, region-appropriate diagnostics for gestational diabetes in PNG

15 January, 2017

Burnet goes to Midsumma 2017

Festival participants posed with GLOVEMAN and learned from researchers at the Burnet Midsumma stall.

10 January, 2017

Vale longstanding Burnet supporter, Ben Cowen

The Board and staff of Burnet Institute are saddened by the tragic loss of Ben. Our thoughts are with his family.

10 January, 2017

Burnet Institute and GeoVax join forces to develop malaria vaccine

Malaria claims the lives of more than 430,000 people each year, many children under five years old.

06 January, 2017

Invergowrie Fellowship opens research doors

Dr Rebecca Jenkinson’s research into young people’s health facilitated by prestigious Invergowrie Fellowship.

03 January, 2017

Coming to Burnet

Burnet Human Resources Advisor Anita Cranwell tells what we look for in people applying for roles at the Institute.

03 January, 2017

A gift in your will is a legacy for better health

Laurence has supported Burnet form many years. Find out why.

03 January, 2017

Young People Matter In Myanmar

Burnet Institute programs aim to improve adolescent health in this young nation.

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