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 discuss how they can work together to control tropical diseases using immunity, biotechnology and drugs.

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

Bob Hancock, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 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.

Gordon Dougan, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK will describe how his team uses genetics to develop vaccines and antibiotics against diseases that affect populations worldwide. His research team investigates bacteria that cause typhoid, Salmonella Typhi, and works on the development of vaccines against typhoid, dysentery, malaria, and tuberculosis, all critically important particularly in the third world.

QTHA researchers from James Cook University will present their work on gut inflammation, worms as therapy, cancer, HIV infection and tropical bacterial infections.

Cathy Rush, James Cook University (QTHA) will speak about Melioidosis, Q fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease, interaction between the host and the pathogen and what initiates and drives these tropical bacterial infections.

John McBride, James Cook University (QTHA) describes his research into the biological mechanisms for HIV infection - how does circumcision protect?

Alex Loukas will present research on the hookworm parasite and using secreted proteins to treat inflammatory gut diseases.

September 14, 2011

For more information or to arrange an interview contact
Lisa Jones +61 (0) 405620747 or email email/lisa.jones1)(

Lisa Jones
JCU Smithfield Campus, Cairns, QLD 4878, Australia
T +61 7 4042 1311 F +61 7 4042 1675

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