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26 May 2017

Designer worm spit supercharges healing

Every day 12 Australian diabetics have a limb amputated because of a non-healing wound. Globally, it’s one every 30 seconds. A molecule produced by a Thai liver parasite could be the solution to those non-healing wounds – and scientists from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) in Cairns are now able to produce a version of the molecule on a large enough scale to make it available for laboratory tests and eventually clinical trials.
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10 May 2017

MRCF internship - Q & A with Dr Sandip Kamath

AITHM's Dr Sandip Kamath recently undertook an internship with MCRF. He took some time to tell us a little more about his experiences.
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08 May 2017

Professor Maxine Whittaker’s career contributions recognised

AITHM Deputy Director Maxine Whittaker was recently awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) International Medal for 2017.
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02 May 2017

Research opportunities

As a way of sharing more information for researchers, please see some upcoming international research opportunities are now open - Germany, China, Indonesia and the many countries participating in various schemes such as the Endeavour scholarships.
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27 April 2017

Tightening the net on malaria

In parts of the world, especially sub-Saharan Africa, a mosquito bite is more than just irritating — it can be potentially deadly. In 2015, almost half of the world’s population was at risk of malaria. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches. The worst cases can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma or death.
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28 March 2017

Queensland's Emerging Science Leader

Dr Paul Giacomin awarded Queensland’s inaugural Emerging Science Leader at a reception on 23 March.
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23 February 2017

Australia-Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program

Expressions of interest (EOI) are invited from Australian universities and research institutes to participate in the 2017 Australia-Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program. This is an initiative of the Australian Government to strengthen the science and innovation partnership between Australia and Vietnam at the researcher - and institutional level.
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02 February 2017

Stress hormones underlie Indigenous health gap in Australia

AITHM scientists have made a disturbing finding about some young Indigenous people’s biological reaction to stress, but one that could help close the health gap for indigenous people. The researchers have found young adult Indigenous people they tested show impaired secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and that their biological stress response is linked to the racial discrimination they experience.
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17 January 2017

African Researchers' Small Grants Program

This first call for proposals is targeted at outstanding researchers and academics based at research institutions or universities in Africa. Applicants will have to demonstrate that the proposed research or activity is aligned with country/program interests and has potential institutional/individual capacity-building impact. The small grants targeted at junior researchers at the Masters or PhD level will provide up to four 1-year grants, each ranging from USD 5,000-15,000. Three small 1-year grants for mid-career and/or senior researchers will be provided, each ranging from USD 15,000-25,000.
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15 December 2016

AITHM researchers to investigate full cost of stillbirth

While acknowledging the heartbreaking emotional toll of stillbirth, a James Cook University team is also looking at the economic cost of the tragedy. Dr Emily Callander from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at JCU will lead the Health Economics element of a new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE), based at the Mater Research Institute. The team will evaluate the full economic cost of stillbirth and the economic implications of reducing it.
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08 December 2016

Mackay ready to establish a Centre of Excellence to tackle Black Lung disease

Researchers and healthcare professionals have called for a Black Lung Centre of Excellence to be based in the region of Mackay – a one-stop shop for combating the disease.
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06 December 2016

AITHM researchers put preventive health back on the agenda by tackling smoking in Indigenous communities

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University will play a significant role in major new projects in the Northern Territory and Queensland aimed at reducing smoking and its harm to Indigenous communities.
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05 December 2016

TB Research gets a booster shot

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding just announced delivers a welcome boost to a Cairns-based researcher who is working on new approaches to defeating tuberculosis.
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03 November 2016

Prawns and eggs may be back on the table for kids

AITHM’s Dr Sandip Kamath was recently awarded $318,768 under the 2016 National Health and Medical Research Council’s Grants Round for his research into food allergies.
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27 October 2016

Worms against the wheeze

Asthmatics could breathe easier in the future with help from an unlikely quarter – parasitic hookworms. Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) researchers, at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns, Australia, have identified a protein secreted by hookworms that suppresses asthma in mice.
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19 October 2016

AITHM welcomes new Board Director

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University is pleased to announce the appointment of former Senator for Queensland the Honourable Jan McLucas as a new Board Director.
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07 October 2016

New frontier in tropical health and medicine research

Australian research into tropical health and medicine has received a major boost with the opening of a $31M world-class infectious diseases research facility at James Cook University’s Townsville campus.
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07 October 2016

Controlling TB and HIV Using a Health System Strengthening Approach

Dr. Stephanie conducts health systems research as part of a range of health system strengthening initiatives around the world, including most recently in Zambia. As a chief investigator on the Zambia Prisons Health Systems Strengthening Project, she looks to use health systems research to inform policy and program initiatives that tackle systemic weaknesses in prison health care and which make it impossible to contain infectious diseases including tuberculosis and HIV.
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08 September 2016

Construction underway for AITHM Cairns

AITHM hosted Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and the Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch recently as they turned the first sod to mark the commencement of construction for AITHM’s world-class tropical health research and training facility in Cairns.
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18 August 2016

JCU's Winning Duo

An AITHM scientist has received one of Queensland’s most prestigious science prizes – the Queensland Young Tall Poppy award.
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10 August 2016

Exciting next step for AITHM Cairns

Cairns is one step closer to expanding its tropical health and medicine research, with the announcement of the successful tenderer to build the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) facilities on JCU’s Cairns campus.
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09 August 2016

2017 Children’s Hospital Foundation Grant Round now open

Applications for the 2017 Preclinical and Clinical Research Grant Round are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 5 September 2016.
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04 August 2016

Healthcare costs are bad medicine

New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping healthcare because of high costs.
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21 July 2016

2015 Annual Report now available

Highlighting the activities and achievements of the Institute for the calendar year, the 2015 Annual Report for AITHM was presented at the July Board meeting.
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13 July 2016

AITHM ready to respond to findings of black lung review

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University (JCU) has today welcomed the release of the Final Report of the independent review into black lung disease by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham.
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20 June 2016

Mobile phones to help fight diabetes and TB in PNG

AITHM scientists are training health care providers in PNG to diagnose and treat diabetes and TB with the help of mobile phones. Lead researcher, Associate Professor Usman Malabu has received a World Diabetes Foundation grant of US $228,000 for the project.
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08 June 2016

Australian Indigenous Scholarships

The Australian Indigenous Scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to undertake a PhD or Masters by research in any area of research that is relevant to cardiovascular health.
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07 June 2016

AITHM Seminar leads to new collaboration and a front cover

Following a successful AITHM Seminar in 2015, the Cairns team of Norelle Daly, Paramjit Bansal and David Wilson teamed up with Martin Gruebele from the University of Illinois to understand how proteins fold.
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03 June 2016

Stress hormone link with psychosis

AITHM researchers have established a link between levels of the stress hormone cortisol and psychosis, which could help identify people at greatest risk of developing the severe mental disorder.
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30 May 2016

A welcome shot in the arm for malaria research

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University welcomes the $1.06 million Australian Tropical Medicine Commercialisation Grant announced in Cairns today by Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo.
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13 May 2016

New front opens in fight against MS

James Cook University researchers will take a new approach to unraveling the mysteries of multiple sclerosis (MS). Professor Alan Baxter and Dr Margaret Jordan will manipulate genes within networks of cells rather than looking at cells in isolation.
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03 May 2016

NQ health services and JCU sign landmark collaboration agreement to establish the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre

Representatives from northern Queensland’s Hospital and Health Services, James Cook University and the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network met in Cairns on 19 April to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to underpin a historic collaboration.
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02 May 2016

Health economics bolsters AITHM research

With the pressure of hospital budgets and targets, health care systems are looking for sound economic arguments prior to implementing new practices to demonstrate a good investment. AITHM’s Dr Emily Callander, a Health Economist, says researchers are now incorporating economic evaluation and analysis into their research design.
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27 April 2016

AITHM welcomes three new Board Directors

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University has announced the appointment of three new Board Directors who have joined the Advisory Board.
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25 April 2016

AITHM’s world leading researchers take aim at eradicating Malaria

The fight against malaria is one of the most inspiring global health stories of our time, and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), is well poised to contribute to eradicating this disease.
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20 April 2016

Fellowship helps research get a wriggle on

An Advance Queensland Fellowship will enable AITHM researcher Dr Paul Giacomin to extend his investigations into the benefits of parasitic worms for people with coeliac disease.
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14 April 2016

AITHM scientists develop the first ‘pharmacological’ tourniquet

AITHM scientists have developed a potentially revolutionary drug therapy that treats shock and acts like a “pharmacological tourniquet” by dramatically reducing internal blood loss by up to 60%, which has the potential to save countless lives.
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04 April 2016

The Cohort Doctoral Studies Program

The Cohort Doctoral Studies Program was established in 2011 to support students to complete research higher degrees. There are currently 10 Cohort groups operating with a total of 105 students. Students in Cohort groups 1-9 attended block week activities in Cairns recently.
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