AITHM researchers are investigating clusters of TB in PNG’s Middle Fly province, examining the diseases genomes to look for their origins and evidence of drug resistance mutations. The teams are also investigating people’s immune response to tuberculosis infection.
In Kavieng, in PNG’s of New Ireland province, researchers are educating health workers about the co-epidemics of TB and diabetes. While in Port Moresby, the capital of PNG and the country’s largest city, researchers are commencing a clinical study on the risk of TB failure depending on individual pharmacology.
The Institute’s new physical containment PC3 laboratory facilities in Townsville are essential to the program, allowing research on drug-resistance and vaccine development.