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We welcome anyone with an interest in the areas of emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. This colloquium is a great opportunity for academics, health professionals and students to be updated on current developments.

Our plenary session includes a talk by Professor Eddie Holmes on Viral Metagenomics at the Human-Animal Interface.

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The Yeast Products and Discovery meeting is open to anyone with an interest in yeast and microfungal research. It covers the latest discoveries on how yeast and microfungal products are used in industry, including alcohol, food, biofuel, cosmetic and textile production. It also encompasses the latest research on the impact of microfungi in agriculture and food security, how fungi cause disease in both medical and agricultural settings which impact human health and food security, how fungi become drug and pesticide resistant and which of their components are being targeted in new drug discovery. The meeting is unique in that it provides a cross-disciplinary environment to update on current developments, bringing together scientists and students from both industry and academia.  Event details

This Summer School aims at young graduates, researchers, clinicians and public health professionals that are interested in translational research the field of public health pathogen genomics and communicable disease control. The program includes a mix of inspiring keynotes and master classes, practical hands-on demonstrations and laboratory visits. We will teach the basics of genomics of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites with epidemic potential and critically examine the approaches to the analysis of genomes in global health context. Hands-on exercises will be organised to illustrate the power of genomics, functional genomics and metagenomics in answering important questions on the assessment of evolution, virulence, transmissibility and drug resistance as well as on detection of outbreaks and deciphering of transmission pathways. The School will also offer opportunities for exchange of ideas and discussions with presenters and fellow participants.  Event details


23 October 2019

What is the leading infectious causes of death worldwide?

Fungal infections are leading infectious causes of death worldwide – accounting for more deaths than either TB or malaria

11 October 2019

2020 Sydney Summer School in Pathogen Genomics and Global Health

This Summer School aims at young graduates, researchers, clinicians and public health professionals that are interested in translational research the field of public health pathogen genomics and communicable disease control.
18 September 2019

Drug-resistant XDR typhoid on our doorstep

MBI researchers report Australia's first case of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid
18 September 2019

The Ruthven Blackburn Medal winner

The Medal is awarded to a senior staff member of SMS in recognition of a sustained, distinguished and notable contribution to clinical research and demonstrated commitment to mentoring junior colleagues.
17 September 2019

Detailed characterisation of the tuberculosis epidemic in Western Sydney: a descriptive epidemiological study

A new publication by members of WSLHD and MBI explores whether more detailed epidemiological analysis could provide a better overview of the local disease dynamics.
12 August 2019

New advances in biocomplexity

Biocomplexity is the study of macro-scale complex structures and behaviours that arise from micro-scale interactions of active biological agents, across multiple levels ranging from molecules and cells to organisms and ecosystems.
06 August 2019

Eureka Prize: Act Now for TB Control

ACT Now for Tuberculosis Control – Associate Professor Greg Fox and Professor Warwick Britton from the University's Faculty of Medicine and Health and Professor Guy Marks from the University of New South Wales are award finalists for the Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.
06 August 2019

Communicable Disease Surveillance Ethics in the Age of Big Data and New Technology

Despite existing widespread digital surveillance and major potential community benefits of extending its use to communicable disease control, there is considerable public disquiet about allowing public health authorities access to personal health data.
31 July 2019

Clinician perceptions of respiratory infection risk

Clinicians' use of personal protective equipment is critical to reducing the risk of transmission of infectious disease.
16 July 2019

Yeast products and discovery workshop 4-6 Dec 2019

MBI is pleased to be co-sponsoring the biannual meeting of the Australasian Yeast Group.

Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis: Timor-Leste Health Project

Partnering with the Rotary Club of Sydney since 2012, Professor Peter McMinn and his team from the University of Sydney took on the project aimed at eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and to substantially reduce the incidence of intestinal worms in children.

The country is on the right track to eliminate LF by 2020.  There has been a nationwide reduction in the prevalence of worm infection of 63% in school-aged children.  High intensity infections have been virtually eliminated from the Timorese population and results suggest that full elimination of such infection is achievable over the remainder of the program.