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22 September 2021

Priority to deliver vaccines to younger age group for herd immunity

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine have developed a new model to track the COVID pandemic – and it’s showing them Australia should prioritise delivering vaccines to 12-40 year-olds.
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15 September 2021

Tropical health research in top 10 nationally funded projects

High-tech research with the potential to change the public health landscape of Northern Australia is just one of the projects from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU, recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
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01 September 2021

Getting to the guts of Coeliac Disease

Researchers are examining whether harbouring some worms in the gut may hold answers to painful health issues such as coeliac disease.
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25 August 2021

Funding windfall to accelerate kidney research

Townsville researcher and AITHM member Professor Andrew Mallett will lead a $3 million national research program, which aims to improve the lives of Australian families with genetic kidney disease.
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18 August 2021

COVID-19 modelling tool pinpoints herd immunity

James Cook University scientists have developed a new modelling tool, which shows Australia needs to vaccinate at least 85 per cent of the population to achieve herd immunity.
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11 August 2021

Taking the sting out of stonefish

A deeper understanding of the way the excruciatingly painful stonefish venom works may allow for better antivenoms and the manufacture of new drugs.
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04 August 2021

Parasites to fight chemical and biological weapons

Parasites could become part of the armour of military personnel and first responders to help them counter chemical and biological weapon attacks in war zones.
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28 July 2021

Strategist behind Queensland’s Science Roadmap joins AITHM Board

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine has welcomed a leading Queensland science strategist to its advisory board, with her expertise set to cement the future development of tropical health research in North Queensland.
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26 July 2021

Seeking PhD candidate to join our highly collaborative research program

We are offering a PhD candidature in the field of malaria and arbovirus mosquito control based at the Australian Insitute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University in Cairns.
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22 July 2021

Science superstars shine in Tall Poppy Awards

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine research fellows Dr Hayley Letson and Dr Yaqoot Fatima, have received the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Award, which celebrates Australian intellectual and scientific excellence of our outstanding achievers.
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16 July 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Join Andreas Kupz’s dynamic Cairns-based team of researchers embarking on a biological arms race to develop an effective life-long vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) in the face of steadily growing drug resistance to the disease.
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14 July 2021

Aussie expertise lends hand to put brakes on mosquito-borne diseases outbreaks in the Pacific

World-leading mosquito experts from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, at James Cook University, have been instrumental in developing a new document, which is changing policy and saving lives in the Pacific and around the world.
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01 July 2021

Recognising valuable research contribution to the health of those living in the Tropics

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University is developing lifesaving therapeutics, protecting Australia’s borders from the risk of disease spread, and improving healthcare delivery for those living in the Tropics.
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23 June 2021

Research calls for more focus on female travellers’ needs

A James Cook University travel medicine specialist and Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine member Dr Irmgard Bauer has called for travel medicine organisations to focus more on the needs of women, who face a particular range of challenges when they travel. 
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16 June 2021

Big names in Tropical research gather to discuss new findings

Some of Northern Australia’s leading tropical health scientists gathered in Townsville for the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists’ conference at the weekend.
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09 June 2021

Cold case detective in new research to help solve murder mysteries

Homicide cases can be difficult to solve even when ample evidence is available, but investigators face increasing challenges when the location of a body is unknown.
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25 May 2021

Helping teens make Stress their Strength

North Queensland teenagers are learning how to optimise stress and recognise small challenges, not as incapacitating hurdles, but opportunities for triumph, thanks to research being conducted at James Cook University.
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05 May 2021

Flu Fighter shifts focus in search for universal vaccine

A universal flu vaccine that provides broad protection has eluded experts for decades, but now researchers are honing their focus onto boosting antibodies as a technique to deliver broad-scale flu protection.
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29 April 2021

Unique industry-relevant research program recognised for vision and leadership

James Cook University’s Cohort Doctoral Studies Program, which supports and promotes North Queensland’s future health and medical researchers, has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.
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27 April 2021

In search of a cure for life-threatening disease: new findings on cell behaviour

New findings into how the body’s immune cells communicate with each other could change the way researchers look at diseases such as malaria, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.
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21 April 2021

New tool in kit to turn tide on disease

Antibacterial resistance is one of our most serious health threats, but elusive peptides found in animals and plants could hold the key to developing modern medicines to tackle this threat to human health.
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14 April 2021

Discovering the hole in malaria safety net

More than 2.2 billion insecticide-injected mosquito nets have been delivered to countries, in the global fight to control malaria.
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07 April 2021

Why kids are losing sleep

New analysis of sleep health studies has found Indigenous Australian children suffer disproportionately from sleep problems.
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24 March 2021

Work from home needs more homework

Workplaces must address the challenge of the growing number of flexible working from home arrangements, to safeguard the mental and physical well-being of employees. Dr Jacqueline Reznik from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, is leading research in the wake of COVID-19.
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17 March 2021

Psychedelic drug may free addicts

As the use of psychedelic drugs comes back into favour in psychotherapy, a James Cook University study has found there may be benefits in using the traditional South American concoction ayahuasca to treat those with serious addiction problems.
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08 March 2021

Celebrating the researching women whose work is helping to close health gap

RESEARCHING women such as GP training graduate and Fulbright Scholarship recipient Dr Allison Hempenstall, have changed the way patients receive treatment, with her pioneering study into the way skin infections are treated in the Torres Strait making inroads for Indigenous health outcomes.
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02 March 2021

New mobile phone App to help people living with diabetes

Researchers at James Cook University have developed a new health App designed to be a hit with people living with diabetes in rural and remote areas.
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17 February 2021

The future of infectious disease modelling?

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine researcher Dr Michael Meehan, is using genetic sequencing data to develop a world-leading system to model and analyse the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.
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10 February 2021

Refugee stress and molecular mental health

Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, a neuroscientist at James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, was part of a team that analysed research on basic biological mechanisms underpinning the risk of psychiatric disorders – specifically those found in refugee populations.
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03 February 2021

Race is on to develop new protection after 100 years of tuberculosis vaccine

This year will no doubt be remembered for COVID-19 but 2021 also marks 100 years since the first vaccine for tuberculosis was administered.
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28 January 2021

Crickets on the menu to feed world's people by 2050?

The thought of eating insects is already stomach turning for many, but new research suggests allergy-causing proteins in bugs could pose serious health risks for those suffering from shellfish allergy.
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15 December 2020

Award-winning team leads way to inform COVID-19 policy

FROM the onset of the global pandemic in Australia, the infectious diseases modelling team at JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, has been at the forefront of informing policymakers on ways to minimise damage and contain COVID-19.
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