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Scientists reveal the cause of one of the most devastating pandemics in history

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"We discovered that the bacterium responsible for the Plague of Justinian, which jumped from rats to humans and killed many millions of people in the sixth century, faded out on its own," said Professor Edward Holmes, from the University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences and MBI. More details

Professor Sorrell named in NHMRC High Achievers List

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Professor Sorrell has made it into Australia's health and medical research Hall of Fame. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) included the researchers in a recently-released High Achievers list, covering medical excellence from the 1880s to today. Full story

MBI Officially Launched by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales

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The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) was launched on 5th December 2013 at a special event held at the University of Sydney. Keynote addresses were made by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales; Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney; Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Sydney Medical School and Professor Tania Sorrell, the inaugural Director of the Institute. Previously called the Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity Institute, the renaming signals a new beginning of multidisciplinary research and education in the field of infectious diseases. The Institute will link medicine, veterinary sciences, biological science and social sciences across the campuses of the University to tackle infectious diseases locally and globally. Speaking at the event Her Excellency Professor Bashir said:

"If we are to safeguard people in Australia and across the world from emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, we need the exciting cross-disciplinary research being undertaken by this new institute at the University of Sydney. It is indeed a deeply felt privilege to have my name associated with an institute whose fine professionals will be meeting the challenges of these diseases with considerable commitment, innovation and scientific skill." View launch video