QTHA-endorsed research projects

In 2010 and 2011 QTHA endorsed eight research projects. Development of novel therapeutics to control HIV-1 remains a pressing need. Associate Professor David Harrich and his team at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), in two QTHA-endorsed projects, are researching exactly how this virus uses specific proteins to facilitate infection and how, in turn, the host tries to regulate virus replication. The hope is that new ways to block HIV-1 will be discovered. Meanwhile, Professor Alex Loukas and his team at James Cook University are investigating how the worm parasite, Schistosoma mansoni - which infects 200 million people every year, can survive in the normally hostile environment of the human bloodstream. By applying innovative technologies, they have developed a promising potential vaccine against this important parasite.

Dr Jing Sun and Professor Nicholas Buys at Griffith University are assessing the impact for indigenous people of active engagement in community music activities. Such socially inclusive activities may have a profound effect on health, wellbeing, with significant social and economic benefits.

Professors Peter Timms and Ken Beagley at the Queensland University of Technology are assessing the likelihood of the respiratory pathogen, Chlamydia pneumonia, crossing over from animals to humans like dengue, Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.

QIMR researchers, led by Professor Andreas Suhrbier are studying the Ross River-like viral disease, Chikingunya, which is transmitted by mosquitoes in the tropics and is threatening to become established on the Australian mainland. At the same time, Doctors Tim Hurst, Michelle Gatton and Michael Creevey (QIMR), are developing a Queensland-wide web-based system for the timely reporting of surveillance data on medically important mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

Any research project that makes use of QTHA-funded facilities and equipment is required to be lodged for QTHA endorsement. Research projects that have been externally funded should be submitted as follows:

  1. Download and complete the QTHA Research Projects endorsement form.
  2. Submit your completed form to Elizabeth Wickham, email email/Elizabeth.Wickham)(jcu.edu.au

Your QTHA Research Projects endorsement application will be considered by the QTHA Research Committee and you will be notified of the assessment outcome.


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