Welcome to MBI Online

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Globally, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality, socioeconomic disruption and economic instability. Expert knowledge and input are essential for governments to effectively anticipate, control or reduce the impact of future epidemic infections.

The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) is committed to meeting the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, by:

  • Leading in cross-disciplinary research into emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • Increasing capacity within Australia and Asia Pacific nations to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks in humans and animals
  • Informing and assisting in the development of policies and strategies to prevent, contain and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

MBI was formerly known as The Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity (SEIB) Institute. SEIB was established in 2010 in response to the risk posed to humans and animals by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including HIV, avian and H1N1 influenza, SARS, Hendra virus, drug-resistant tuberculosis and other drug-resistant infections.

The Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN) was established in 2012 as part of a University of Sydney initiative to improve cross-faculty collaboration. It involved the creation of two additional hubs outside of Medicine and Veterinary Sciences, one within Biological Sciences and one within the Humanities, to increase the scope of SEIB's activities.

Our Vision

We are committed to research and knowledge exchange for improved understanding of complex interactions that fuel the emergence and spread of infectious diseases - especially in the Asia-Pacific region. We aspire to combat and lessen their resulting health and socioeconomic impacts. We support multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty initiatives that generate novel research management approaches. We encourage a comprehensive approach to biosecurity, which includes food and water safety/security and ecological integrity/sustainability.

Our Goals

1. Creating and sustaining a vibrant research community
  • To support and link researchers with an interest in emerging infectious diseases, biosecurity and a health planet.
  • To encourage enthusiastic and critical enquiry where existing boundaries are challenged and novel links explored
  • To create a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration and building of new partnerships
2. Doing and encouraging excellent research
  • To assist the development of competitive research protocols and infrastructure proects that secure local and/or international funding
  • To establish a record of research excellence and innovation, at multiple levels including: basic science discovery, clinical, epidemiological operational research, emphasizing the importance of the socio-cultural and environmental context
3. Increasing capacity through education and partnership
  • To assist with the development of academic training programmes
  • To share knowledge and support training to improve service delivery
  • To assist national and international bodies with supervisory and capacity building activities, as well as the development of expert guidelines
4. Communication and advocacy
  • To provide an independent, expert resource for government & relevant professional bodies
  • To communicate effectively about infectious disease risks and advocate for actions that will reduce these risks

Our people

MBI’s membership includes academics, researchers and students from the basic, biological and social sciences. It links professional schools on the University’s Westmead, Camperdown and Camden campuses and the Central, Nepean, Northern and Western Clinical Schools of the Sydney Medical School; collaborating partners from Australian and international academic institutions; and international organisations, business and the community. See our people for more details.

Regional and other partnerships

Members of MBI work with partners in China, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Vietnam, South America and Uganda and are developing partnerships with Singapore and Malaysia.

The World Health Organization is a key partner, especially the Western Pacific (WPRO) and South East Asian (SEARO) Regional Offices.

Other partnerships include the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Please view our partnerships page.