News & Events

Research News
A Melbourne-based research team is investigating a technique known as helium MRI scanning to better diagnose severe asthma, which will ultimately save lives. The test gives a clear and far more detailed view of the condition than current diagnostic measures. The new information will help inform improved treatment options for severe asthma sufferers. Remarkably, the technique uses gas that is currently used to build chemical weapons.
Research News
Heart muscle diseases are a leading cause of disability and death in children and adults but the causes remain poorly understood. The genetic changes that cause heart muscle disease are in the early stages of discovery. Identifying the genetic cause of heart disease is crucial in improving understanding of these conditions and for developing new drugs and therapies.
A/Proof Andrew Steer
Institute News
Associate Professor Andrew Steer has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Frank Fenner Award. Presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), the award is the highest accolade given by the society in recognition of outstanding advanced research in infectious diseases.