Introduction

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The Koala Infectious Diseases Research Group's research is multi-disciplinary, covering the many host, pathogen and environmental factors that interact to cause disease in koalas, and the conservation and welfare implications of these diseases. Our studies have all broken new ground in infectious organisms (Chlamydia and Cryptococcus); the koala immune system and factors affecting disease susceptibility; improved treatments for koala diseases; and the ability of koalas to cope with pollutants and the many toxins contained in their diet of Eucalypt leaves. The group was founded, in 2005, on a 20-year history of koala disease research led by Professor Paul Canfield. We have a long history of association with several koala hospitals, collaboration with other groups, and support of postgraduate research students.