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 scientists to discuss immunity, vaccines, drug development and technical innovation for health solutions to infectious diseases," said Professor Louis Schofield, Director of the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA).   

Bob Hancock, University of British Columbia in Vancouver will discuss the growing problem of infections and antibiotic resistance and how our immune system can work towards a broad anti-infective and anti-inflammatory strategy.

David Lynn, Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Department, Meath, Ireland, will speak about a database (part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative project) used to investigate the host response to several key pathogens like tuberculosis, malaria and typhoid.

Edie Dullaghan, Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), Vancouver, Canada and will describe how they take lead therapeutic candidates, including host defence peptides (Antimicrobial peptides), through an extensive preclinical development and review.

QTHA researchers from Griffith University and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) will present their work on drug therapeutics, vaccine development and tropical diseases. Dr Kathy Andrews who leads the tropical parasitology group within the Drug Discovery and Design research program at the Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies, Griffith University will present her research on new antimalarial drugs, whilst Dr Jennifer Reiman, Institute for Glycomics,  Griffith University, will talk about her research in malaria vaccines.

Professor Andreas Suhrbier, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, will discuss similarities and differences between Chikungunya virus (related to Ross River virus) and rheumatoid arthritis.

September 12, 2011

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