The Marie Bashir Institute aspires to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impacts of infectious diseases. By stimulating creative interaction, the Institute will generate novel insights and practical solutions.
Rising rates of antimicrobial resistance herald a new threat.
Investigators from chemistry, biological sciences, medicine, geography, pharmacology, agriculture and veterinary science form this node to help ensure the availability of effective antimicrobial therapies into the future.
Encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, is a devastating disease that serves as a potential marker of new or emerging infections.
In partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre, this research node brings together a number of groups working on infectious and immunological disorders affecting the brain and nervous system.
Infectious diseases are not only caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. They are also shaped by social, economic, political, legal and cultural conditions.
In many instances these conditions are inseparable from the success or otherwise of the biomedical goals contained in disease prevention, control and treatment strategies.
This node draws from expertise across the University in ethics, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, public health, clinical sciences and public policy. The key aim is to produce research that critically examines and explores infections in their broadest context and seeks to have significant impact across practice, systems and policies at local, state, federal and international levels.
Delivering sufficient, safe, ethical and nutritious food in a sustainable manner is one of the world’s greatest challenges.
This node is in collaboration with the Charles Perkins Centre, the Australian and New Zealand Fresh Produce Safety Centre and experts in nutrition, diversity and safety. Focusing on ways communities can access safe and nutritious food while ensuring the natural systems their food comes from remain ecologically sustainable.
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Chronic diseases, both infectious and non-communicable, are the leading cause of premature death in low and middle-income countries.
Chronic disease programs are often siloed and co-morbidities (additional disorders or diseases co-occurring with a primary disease or disorder) are ignored. This multidisciplinary team is developing a program of research to strengthen the evidence base for integrated primary healthcare, locally and globally. The node combines a new academic community focused on the delivery of integrated chronic disease management at the primary healthcare level, and has strong links with the George Institute for Global Health.
The largest mass gathering on Earth is the Islamic pilgrimage that brings 3-4 million people from all over the world to Mecca (Makkah), Saudi Arabia, every year.
Known as the Hajj pilgrimage, all Muslims aspire to perform it at least once in their lifetime. It provides a highly conducive environment for the transmission and global spread of infectious diseases – and it also provides a perfect opportunity for researchers to study these infections and the risk factors associated with transmission. This node examines the risk of acquiring an infection while attending a mass gathering, together with policy interventions to protect personal and public health.
Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.
Most human infectious diseases are of zoonotic origin. Many factors influence the emergence of zoonotic infections including the evolution of pathogens, ever-growing human and animal populations (particularly production and companion animals), and ecological disturbance. This node brings together experts in veterinary epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, social sciences, ecology and environmental sciences to conduct research on zoonotic pathogens, to investigate drivers of emerging zoonotic diseases, and to develop measures for preventing and predicting new zoonoses.