Melbourne researchers part of NHMRC’s ten best research projects for 2013

06 January 2014

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013, featuring groundbreaking medical research being undertaken in Australia.

Among the research projects featured include new and improved vaccines to counter devastating infectious diseases, ways to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and the ability to manipulate the body’s immune system to fight off disease.

Prof Geoff McFadden (Botany) was part of the research team led by Professor Alan Cowman (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) on the “New Insights to Global Problems” project.

The team, consisting of some of Australia’s leading scientists, looked at two globally significant infectious diseases: malaria and leishmaniasis. The goal was to gain a better understanding of how the parasites that cause these diseases survive and prosper in humans, how they cause disease and how our immune system fights the disease.

With these new insights, the research team sought to develop new drugs and vaccines to improve prevention and treatment of the diseases.

Read the NMHRC media release

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