In Cairns, AITHM research facilities include the Mosquito Research Facility, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the JCU Cairns Aquarium which supports biodiscovery and therapeutics research, and the current AITHM building which was completed in 2011 and was funded by the Queensland Government as part of the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA). The AITHM building includes an Advanced Protein Analysis Facility with ESI and MALDI mass spectrometry and NMR. There are also immunology and cell biology suites with multi-colour flow cytometry and electron/fluorescence microscopy facilities.
The construction of an additional AITHM Tropical Health Research and Training facility in Cairns is well underway with completion expected late 2017. The new facility will house state-of the-art laboratory and research facilities including a PC2 laboratory, and office space for research leaders, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. The PC2 laboratory will focus on bio-discovery and the therapeutic potential of tropical flora and fauna.
Total construction cost is $25.5M, including an ARC contribution of $18M. The facility will enhance AITHM’s capacity to conduct research and training in viral and parasitic diseases, and mosquito vector biology and control. It will allow for the expansion of highly successful existing research groups focused on drug discovery and development of new treatments and vaccines for tropical diseases.
View the Cairns construction flyer here.