Malaria and Tropical Diseases Group

Head: Associate Professor Jack Richards

Overview

We aim to improve surveillance, diagnostics, clinical treatment, prevention and disease control for malaria, tuberculosis and other tropical diseases, which kill millions of people each year.

Led by infectious diseases physician and researcher, Associate Professor Jack Richards, the group works across a range of malaria and tropical diseases research initiatives.

The focus of their research seeks to identify antibody responses that confer protection from symptomatic malaria and subsequent malaria vaccine development.

Objectives

  • To improve surveillance, diagnostics, clinical treatment, prevention and disease control for malaria, tuberculosis and other tropical diseases
  • To contribute towards strengthening health systems and building local capacity in resource poor settings
  • To improve the understanding of naturally-acquired antibody mediated immunity to malaria and other tropical diseases
  • To identify antigenic targets for an effective subunit malaria vaccine and ascertain the vaccine delivery strategies to induce optimal vaccine responses
  • To apply the latest technologies to the study and control of tropical diseases in an affordable and sustainable manner.

Highlights

Collaborations with Australian and international organisations are ongoing in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam and Kenya.

Current funding:

  • NHMRC
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Melbourne Health
  • Rotary: Preston Branch
  • Ann Miller Foundation
  • Ian Potter Foundation
  • Regional Artemisinin Initiative, Inter-Country Component (Principal recipient HPA)

Contact Details

Associate Professor Jack Richards

Group Head, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases Physician

Telephone

+61385062405

Email

jack.richards@burnet.edu.au

Projects

  • Access Point Of Care Initiative

  • Antibody engineering to study responses mediating protective immunity

  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • STRIVE PNG: strengthening surveillance and response for vector-borne pathogens in PNG.

Staff Members

  • Charles Narh

    Charles Narh
    Postdoctoral Research Officer

  • Associate Professor Jack Richards

    Associate Professor Jack Richards
    Group Head, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases Physician

  • Doctor Rebecca Dabbs

    Doctor Rebecca Dabbs
    Senior Research Officer

  • Doctor Sneha Saxena

    Doctor Sneha Saxena
    Research Officer