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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


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.
03 July 2019

New fresh produce food safety guidelines

Launching the 2019 version of the Guidelines  Mr Tuohey acknowledged that Australian horticulture had seen some damage in recent years through contamination and tampering that impacted producers, retailers and exporters.

02 July 2019

Understanding the Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination

MBI's Professor Julie Leask is leading research into the ways people think, feel and act on vaccination
30 May 2019

Should event-based social media monitoring and pathogen whole genome sequencing be used to uncover new epidemiological patterns?

A new publication by MBI's Chris Degeling, Jane Johnson and Lyn Gilbert outlines their recent research.
23 May 2019

The elephant–livestock interface modulates anthrax suitability in India

Anthrax is a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease that can spread between wild and livestock animals and humans. Transmission typically occurs indirectly via environmental exposure, with devastating consequences for human and animal health, as well as pastoralist economies. 

06 May 2019

Zoonoses Node Spatial Analytics Workshop

The Zoonoses Node of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity invites participants to a 2-day spatial analytics workshop.

The workshop will present an introduction to: spatial data formats, representation, and pattern analysis with application to disease surveillance and evaluation. There will be special focus on the use of R software as both a GIS and an analytical tool.

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.