Partners & Affiliates


The Queensland Tropical Health Alliance was created in 2009 as a result of a successful application to the Queensland Smart State Innovation Building Fund.  Each of our partners already had established and successful research programs and facilities in tropical health.  The $20M provided by Smart State extends and enhances the research facilities and equipment at each of the partner sites.

James Cook University (JCU)

James Cook University (JCU) has expertise in tropical infectious diseases and biosecurity, drug development, comparative genomics, health, workforce and education in rural, Indigenous and tropical communities, and cancer research. 

Smart State funding has enabled the construction of the highest quality specialist infrastructure, located in the tropics where climatic and environmental conditions support the transmission of arboviruses and other biological threats. 

Cairns is at the geographic forefront of biosecurity in Queensland and the state-of-the-art insectary and laboratories provide expedited field testing and molecular facilities to investigate mosquito vectors. 

In Townsville, research facilities including two PC3 laboratories have enhanced the research facilities within the Medical Precinct.   Such ready access to equipment provides a base to build and expand collaborative relationships with international partners, including those in Fiji, Singapore, PNG and Malaysia.

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR)

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has expertise in therapeutic development and clinical research, cancer and cell biology, and population studies and human genetics. 

QIMR will equip one floor of the new Smart State Medical Research Centre, in particular the Tropical Health Epidemiology Laboratory and Pre-Clinical Drug/Vaccine Imaging Facility.  This incorporates the Australian Biosecurity Response Facility, and a PC3 and QC3 animal and insect facility for study of PC3 level pathogens (e.g., dengue, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya viruses).  The imaging facilities are integral to fast tracking outputs from vaccine development programs.

Griffith University

Griffith University has expertise in drug discovery, melioidosis, diarrheal disease, malaria and dengue. 

Its strategic research program in drug discovery incorporates structure-based drug design and a natural product library.  This Queensland Compound Library (QCL) consists of 300,000 fractions from plants originating from tropical Queensland, PNG and China and is a unique resource from which to ‘mine’ and identify new therapeutics.  

Griffith University has constructed and equipped PC2 and PC3 animal and laboratory facilities for infectious disease research as well as automated high throughput lead compound screening technologies.  This capability will reinforce Queensland’s capacity to translate discovery science and lead compound identification through to pre-clinical animal and clinical studies for new pharmaceuticals. 

Funding also has been used to enhance the facilities at the Institute of Glycomics, providing advanced capability to translate discovery research and pre-clinical studies.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) provides expertise in vaccine development, high throughput screening and tropical infectious diseases. 

Through the Smart State funding, QUT has established a high throughput molecular diagnostics and genotyping facility at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) building.  These facilities are in addition to IHBI’s existing Vaccine Research Development unit. 

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland has recently joined the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance.


Our tropical reach is strengthened via membership of TropLinks, a key mechanism in the Queensland Government’s tropical expertise strategy.  TropLinks aims to maximise the capacity to develop, commercialise and export tropical expertise – science, knowledge and innovation.

Our partners have robust and longstanding linkages with:

  • Tropical Population Health Unit
  • Australian Biosecurity CRC
  • Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health
  • Australian Army Malaria Institute
  • Queensland’s clinical health industry
  • as well as many other Australian organisations

Our research leaders in the field of tropical health research and vaccine and drug technology bring critical links interalia to:

  • World Health Organisation
  • Gates Foundation
  • Grand Challenges in Global Health
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • International Vaccine Institute

International connections continue to be developed through the WHO Collaborating Centres in Townsville (WHO Collaborating Centre for Lymphatic Filariasis) and Brisbane (WHO Collaborating Centre for Tropical Diseases Control in the Asia Pacific), the SEAMEO TROPMED Network out of Thailand, and relevant ministries and research institutes throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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