Infectious diseases are a significant health burden for people in the Tropics, causing many millions of deaths each year and posing a threat to Australia’s health security. AITHM engages in both clinical and translational research, with a major focus on rampant infectious diseases including malaria, TB and dengue fever.
AITHM research aims to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases, how they invade the body, and how they spread. Research teams are developing new treatments, vaccines and other health interventions to improve how the diseases are managed and understand how individuals accept and respond to treatments. Importantly, AITHM infectious disease research protects Australia’s borders, preserving national health security, and enhancing health outcomes for our tropical neighbours.