Infectious diseases

Development of diagnostics, vaccines, therapies, treatment protocols and surveillance mechanisms to treat and prevent the infectious disease burden in northern Queensland. 

Infectious disease research has a long history in northern Queensland, with the establishment of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in 1910 in Townsville. Northern Queensland continues to experience a significant burden of infectious disease with a number of pathogens, such as leptospirosis and melioidosis, endemic in the region. There is also a significant local burden of Staphylococcus aureus infection and vector-borne disease remains a challenge. Researchers across TAAHC are working on new diagnostics and therapeutics to reduce the infectious disease burden in northern Queensland