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TOP PRIZE FOR QTHA WORM RESEARCHER

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) researcher Dr Cinzia Cantacessi , James Cook University (JCU), Cairns has been awarded the Frank Fenner Early Career (ECR) Fellowship for research excellence in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ECR scheme…

QIMR Berghofer hosts Cafe Scientique

QIMR Berghofer will open its doors to the public from 10am-2pm on Sunday 13 October. They will also offer a series of entertaining and informative talks about the Institute's research into cancer, infectious diseases and mental health and complex disorders. Children haven't be…

Eureka Prize for dengue researchers

QTHA researcher Prof Scott Ritchie, medical entomologist at James Cook University, is part of a team that has won an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for his work into dengue fever.   The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were announced at a gala dinner in Canberra 4th September …

Bats — hear from the experts

Across Queensland the debate about bats continues - do they pose a threat to human health, and can colonies be moved on? Locally, the focus is on the colony that roosts near the Cairns library. James Cook University will host a public forum on this contentious issue this Satur…

SCORPION TOXIN COULD THE NEXT HERO OF SCIENCE - Thursday, 15 August 2013

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) researchers at James Cook University in Cairns have taken delivery of a new weapon in their efforts to develop new treatments for cancer. Professor Norelle Daly and Dr David Wilson will use their new, state-of-the-art, 1.2 million-dolla…

QTHA RESEARCHER WINS SWISS GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR TOXOPLASMA VACCINE

A vaccination to stop the toxoplasma parasite from infecting humans is one step closer thanks to Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) and a 12 month Swiss Government Scholarship. QTHA researcher Dr Rob Walker has won a 12 month Swiss Government Scholarship to pursue post…

Food allergies

Food allergies are in focus next week during the national "Food Allergy Awareness Week" and a QTHA researcher is urging North Queensland residents to be more aware of what foods can cause a potentially life-threatening situation. Food Allergy Awareness Week, being held from …

VENOMOUS ANIMALS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

Why animals have venom and just how likely you are to die from a venomous animal in North Queensland is the topic of the first Café Scientific event organised by James Cook University on April 10. Everyone is welcome to join this Café Scientific talk 'Venomous animals in Nort…

Malaria research using experimental human malaria infection

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) scientist Professor James McCarthy from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) will discuss his experimental malaria infection studies by injection of parasite-infected human blood into volunteers in a public seminar at Jam…

A HEART-STOPPING STING

James Cook University (JCU) student, Stephanie Chaousis, has discovered which part of box jellyfish venom will potentially kill humans.   Ms Chaousis has found that the jellyfish uses a two-step process. One part of the venom temporarily kills the victim, causing the heart t…

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director visits James Cook University collaborating centres in Cairns

Today, for the first time, WHO Regional Director visits the two WHO Collaborating Centres based at JCU Cairns: WHO Collaborating Centre for the Control of Lymphatic Filariasis, Soil-transmitted Helminths and other Neglected Tropical Diseases and WHO Collaborating Centre for Nurs…

Northern health research receives funding boost

James Cook University researchers will share in more than $3 million worth of grants under the latest round of funding from the Federal Government's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).   All of the grant recipients work within the Queensland Tropical Health …

Sex used as weapon against parasites

A parasite that can clone itself and change sex in order to reproduce rapidly could have this remarkable ability used against its species as a result of research at James Cook University.   The research is being led by Professor Nick Smith, a Tropical Leader at the Queensland…

MINING A NEW VEIN OF RESEARCH

  Scientists from the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) have been told their research is crucial to the future of the mining sector.   Key speakers at the QTHA annual conference in Brisbane spoke of the links between health and mining.   Speaker Dr Gary Krieger,…

TOPICAL, TROPICAL HEALTH

  Scientists from the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) are debating how industry, government and research can combine to improve health in the tropics.   The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is hosting the 2012 QTHA annual conference (September 17-1…

Trailblazing ideas for treating disease and improving ecology

A potential new treatment for gastrointestinal diseases and a smart phone app for ecologists have won the top two prizes in this year's UniQuest Trailblazer innovative ideas competition at James Cook University.   QTHA researchers, Associate Professor Andreas Lopata and Profe…

Future Fellowship grant for QTHA researcher Dr Michelle Wykes

QTHA malaria expert, Michelle Wykes, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research has been awarded a $700,000 Australian Government Future Fellowships grant to work towards a vaccine for one of the world's deadliest diseases. Dr Michelle Wykes will use her $706,948 four…

Worm research catches the attention of pharmaceutical industry

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) researchers at James Cook University (JCU) and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. (BI) will collaborate to develop novel therapeutics based on parasites for the treatment of a range of inflammatory diseases including inflammatory …

QTHA researcher Professor Peter Timms' research project has received $465,000 in ARC funding.

An anti-Chlamydia vaccine for koalas will be developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers with funding announced June 30. They were among seven QUT projects awarded more than $3 million in funding under the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects sc…

Hookworm vaccine researcher awarded Fulbright Senior Scholarship to visit U.S.A. in 2012

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researcher Professor Alex Loukas, James Cook University, has won a 2012 Fulbright Senior Scholarship. Professor Loukas will spend three months at the University of California-Irvine through his Scholarship to work in the U.S. with Dr Phil Fel…

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researchers receive over $17m

The science behind tropical vaccine development at Griffith University received a boost today with a funding grant of over $17m from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The funding, which comprises the largest program grant to be awarded by the organisatio…

Groundbreaking research from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is set to pave the way for the development of new malaria drugs and vaccines.

Breakthrough in malaria research looks to body's immune cells 23-November-2011 Groundbreaking research from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is set to pave the way for the development of new malaria drugs and vaccines. QTHA researcher Dr Michelle Wykes and her tea…

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researchers at Griffith University pave the way for new antimalarials

The development of new antimalarials which overcome the long-fought challenges of drug resistance is the focus of promising research at Griffith University. A QTHA research team from the Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies has identified a new compound class whic…

Looking for answers to aneurysms

31 October, 2011 A James Cook University and Queensland Tropical Health Alliance team has received a $2.7 million boost to its research on ways to detect and strengthen weak arteries, the leading cause of aneurysms. Professor Jonathan Golledge, Head of JCU's Vascular Biology U…

NHMRC Funding for Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researchers at James Cook University and the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researchers from James Cook University have been awarded over $500,000 in funding by the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC). Prof Alan Clough, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at JCU in Cairns, with his colleagu…

Mozzie master class abuzz

Medical and health professionals, scientists, students, and vector-borne disease program managers will attend a master class in dengue and malaria at James Cook University in Cairns next week (26-30 September). Presented by JCU and Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) res…

Scientists discuss immunity, vaccines, drug development and technical innovation for health solutions to tropical diseases

Global Health solutions through Queensland Tropical Health Alliance Scientists from the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) and the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative are meeting for the first time at James Cook University in Cairns Wednesday September 14th to …

Global Health solutions through Queensland Tropical Health Alliance

Scientists from the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance and the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative are meeting for the first time today at Eskitis Institute, Griffith University to discuss using immunity to control infectious diseases. "This meeting brings together sc…

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researcher helps reduce global burden of dengue fever.

Leading scientific journal Nature has today published two papers describing the results of biological control field trials where wild mosquito populations were manipulated to suppress dengue virus transmission. Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) researcher Professor Sc…

Nine days in parasite

Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, usually a community known for its natural beauty and coral reef, for the past nine days has been a hub of activity and host to over 400 scientists and health professionals who have been debating and sharing ideas and new knowledge about parasit…

Scientists who are Queensland Tropical Health Alliance researchers contribute to the malaria eradication agenda

Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) scientists will debate the malaria eradication agenda at the network's inaugural scientific conference on July 16-17 at the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel in Cairns, Australia. The QTHA brings together, within one network, world-class resea…

New tropical health alliance to position Queensland as a leading research location

Treasurer and Minister for State Development Andrew Fraser will launch the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) and its new medical research laboratory at James Cook University's Cairns campus on Thursday July 14.   Mr Fraser said the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance…

Malaria eradication through vaccination – a life-long quest and the passion of science

  Professor Michael Good has been on a 25-year quest to develop a vaccine for malaria, which infects up to 500 million people each year and kills anywhere between 1 million and 3 million of them.   In August 2009, Professor Good (AO) won Australia's top award for science le…

“One Health” movement tackles infectious diseases

  Seventy per cent of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are either vector borne or zoonotic - that means that today humans catch infections from animals, and vice versa, on a never-before experienced scale.   Out of this realisation, the "One Health" theme was b…

Alcohol-related violence: let’s talk

Associate Professor Alan Clough will present an overview of this research at Thursday's Science at the Courthouse, to be broadcast live on ABC Far North, 9th June 2011. Reducing alcohol-related violence Researchers at James Cook University are studying Cairns as a model for…

Finding worms for cures and cures for worms

James Cook University researcher and Queensland Tropical Health Alliance affiliate, Professor Alex Loukas described the discovery of vaccines against two of the most crippling diseases of the tropics, hookworm and schistosomiasis which, together, infect hundreds of millions of p…

Improving the health and wellbeing of people in the tropics

  The Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) Research Committee has recently endorsed eight exciting new projects that will significantly improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the tropics.   Development of novel therapeutics to control HIV-1 remains a pre…

Inflammatory disease – a pain in the gut!

Professor Nick Smith has joined James Cook University (JCU) and the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) after 14 years at the University of Technology, Sydney. Nick says, of his move to Tropical Queensland, "It is a happy coincidence of timing and opportunity: JCU is rapi…

Better watch out for vector-borne diseases in Queensland

QIMR researchers Tim Hurst, Michelle Gatton and Michael Creevey have  been funded $132,500 by Queensland Health to further develop the VEDS (Vector-borne Disease early detection and Surveillance) System - a Queensland-wide web-based system for the timely reporting of surveillan…

Infectious diseases expert is director of QTHA

Professor Louis Schofield has been appointed as the foundation Director of the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance.  Louis is an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and co-founder of Ancora Pharmaceuticals Inc.  He shares the Directorship of …

New Vaccine brings hopes to millions

Tropical diseases kill tens of thousands of people each year, but a research breakthrough by an Australian  scientist could help reduce this number significantly. Queensland-based diseases expert, Dr Mark Pearson, has  invented and developed a ground-breaking vaccine to fight…

QTHA starts operations

The Queensland Tropical Health Alliance brings together researchers across James Cook University, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology with the aim of reducing the burden of tropical diseases and improving the heal…

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