Stem cells (displayed in green). Courtesy of Christina Tu / Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UC Irvine / Flickr, CC BY-SA [Source:]

New platform aids stem cell research

11 December 2014 | Researchers at The University of Queensland are part of a global team that has identified a new type of artificial stem cell.

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IMB Research Advancement Award recipients Emily Furlong (left) and Claudia Stocks (right).

Research Advancement Awards attract Australia’s best and brightest PhD students to IMB

28 November 2014 | Two talented young scientists were awarded Research Advancement Awards to support their PhD studies at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience from 2015.

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Snack on whole foods to boost good gut bacteria

5 December 2014 | Professor Matt Cooper discusses why people should snack on whole foods to boost good gut bacteria

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Some immune cells (neutrophils, blue) don't self-destruct like other cell types (macrophages, purple) when fighting the war on Salmonella bacteria (orange). Artist: Kaiyee Tay

Scientists uncover new intelligence behind inflammatory disease

27 November 2014 | Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have uncovered a secret of an immune cell on the frontline that could assist with developing new treatments for inflammatory diseases.

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Steve, Seth and Chris de Rooy with genetic scientist Dr Cas Simons

Genetic test unlocks cause of Brisbane boy’s rare disease

25 November 2014 | Queensland researchers have led an international effort to uncover the gene behind a young Brisbane boy’s rare developmental condition, in a discovery his family hopes will pave the way for future treatments.

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Professor Mark Ragan received an ARC Discovery Project grant and an ARC LIEF grant for his genomics research.

ARC invests more than $7M in IMB research

18 November 2014 | Researchers at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have received more than $7 million from the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) November funding round to pursue discoveries in a range of health and agriculture areas.

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Crystal structure (coloured cartoon) of part of the 'cave' scaffold overlayed on an image of the cell surface showing the cave-like structures (dark circles)

Scientists explore our cell’s ‘little caves’ in search of insights into healthy cell function

18 November 2014 | Scientists from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have peered deeper into our cell’s ‘little caves’ to better understand how our cells respond to their environment, and are affected in diseases such as cancer and muscular dystrophy.

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About The John Trivett Senior Research Fellowship in Brain Cancer Research

About The John Trivett Senior Research Fellowship in Brain Cancer Research

18 November 2014 | The John Trivett Senior Research Fellow in Brain Cancer is funded by the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, the largest fundraising body for brain cancer research in Australia.

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Professor Peter Koopman hopes to understand the genetic causes of disorders of sex development

Scientists discover sex determination differs in mice and men

18 November 2014 | Researchers from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience are one step closer to grasping what makes men ‘male’, a finding that could help us manage disorders of sex development affecting hundreds of children born each year.

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Professor Craik with his GSK Award.

Revolutionary 20-year study wins $80,000 award

6 November 2014 | Translating nature’s secrets into new drug solutions for pain and cancer has helped a Queensland scientist win an $80,000 research excellence award.

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Dr Melanie Shakespear is one of three IMB researchers awarded UQ postdoctoral fellowships for 2015.

Young researchers awarded UQ fellowships

12 November 2014 | Three talented young researchers have been awarded UQ postdoctoral fellowships to support their promising research over the next three years at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

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Ms Yu Hung (far left) and fellow winners of The Climate Reality Project competition at the UN Climate Summit in New York.

Young UQ science student makes plea for change

3 November 2014 | A passionate 19-year-old University of Queensland science student attended the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in September, where more than 120 world leaders heard her call for climate change action.

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The number of patients diagnosed with oesophageal cancer has doubled in the past 20 years and is expected to double again in the next two decades.

Study finds smoking gun for oesophageal cancer

28 October 2014 | Queensland researchers have found that sudden “chromosomal catastrophes” may trigger a third of oesophageal tumours, the fastest rising cancer in Australia.

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Dr Kate Schroder has received the Milstein Young Investigator award

Young immunologist receives coveted award for inflammation research

28 October 2014 | UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience Lab Head Dr Kate Schroder has been awarded the Milstein Young Investigator award for her outstanding contributions to basic immunology research at the annual International Cytokine and Interferon Society meeting held in Melbourne this week.

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Professor David Craik with Perpetual General Manager of Philanthropy Andrew Thomas

Peptide science pioneer wins prestigious medal

23 October 2014 | Professor David Craik, of UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, has won the 2014 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research for his discoveries in the field of circular proteins.

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Microscopy image of mammalian cell line used in many fields of biomedical research. Credit: John Griffin, IMB

Imaging centre to unravel secrets of immune system

17 October 2014 | University of Queensland researchers will play a key role in a new $39 million research centre working to unravel the secrets of the immune system.

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IMB Lab Head Dr Ben Hogan received two NHMRC project grants and a career development fellowship for his lymphatic vasculature research.

NHMRC awards $8.3 million to IMB research

20 October 2014 | Research to investigate new treatments for cancer, diabetes and inflammation are just some of the innovative projects at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) to receive new funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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Cell expressing the mutated Munc18-1 protein (in green). Credit: Dr Sally Martin, QBI

Rare infant epilepsy under the microscope

15 October 2014 | Scientists at The University of Queensland are making progress in understanding a rare and deadly form of infant epilepsy with hopes of one day discovering a cure.

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Will you turn left or right? IMB researchers have uncovered the structure of a molecular ‘transport hub’ that helps direct the protein ‘cargo’ in our cells to their correct destination.

Fixing a faulty molecular ‘transport hub’ could slow brain degeneration

9 October 2014 | University of Queensland researchers have gained new insights into how the body sorts and transports protein ‘cargo’ within our cells, in a finding that could eventually lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Phylogenetic “tree of life” for 144 microbes

Evolutionary biologists grow “tree of life” faster than ever before

2 October 2014 |Mapping the evolutionary history of the world around us is now a whole lot easier, thanks to a new mathematical method developed by scientists at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

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Professor Paul Alewood

Venom researcher awarded competitive health and medical fellowship for chronic pain research

26 September 2014 | IMB Lab Head Professor Paul Alewood has been awarded a competitive National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship to continue his research into developing new pain therapies from venoms.

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Professor Paul Alewood (left) and Associate Professor Tao Ye (right) receive 2014 Xiaoyu Hu Memorial Awards at the 13th Chinese International Peptide Symposium.

IMB scientist receives outstanding research award in China

18 September 2014 | IMB Lab Head Professor Paul Alewood has received the 2014 Xiaoyu Hu Memorial Award by the Chinese Peptide Society in recognition for his exceptional contributions to basic research in peptide science.

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IMB PhD student, Barbara Maier, with Dr Rosamond Siemon, at the 3MT finals held at Customs house.

Student reveals future treatments for kidney disease in just three minutes

17 September 2014 | Third-year IMB PhD student Barbara Maier was one of eight finalists that contended in The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals held at Customs House on 11 September.

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Dr Irina Vetter won the WiT Rising Star Award for her research to understand the causes of pain and develop new treatments for the one in five Australians living with chronic pain.

UQ celebrates rising stars at Women in Technology awards

15 September 2014 | Two University of Queensland early-career researchers have been recognised by their peers for their promising medical and technology research at the 17th annual Women in Technology (WiT) awards ceremony.

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Dr Melanie Shakespear is an IMB PhD graduate.

Last chance to apply for IMB Research Advancement Awards

12 September 2014 | Last chance to apply for IMB Research Advancement Awards

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Professor Rob Parton (4th from left) is one of 19 chief investigators for the new centre

Researchers seek big gains from targeting the tiny

28 August 2014 | The quest to better understand human biology at a miniscule level has led to the creation of a $26 million international research centre in Melbourne.

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IMB postdoctoral researcher Dr Sonia Henriques (Craik Lab)

Australia's young Einsteins get the red-carpet treatment

11 August 2014 | The best young scientific minds in the country are finally getting recognised for the incredible work they do. Science Editor for The Age, Nicky Phillips, chats with IMB early career researcher Sonia Troeira Henriques.

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Professor George Muscat with IMB PhD students Kelvin Tuong and Tae Gyu Oh (first author)

Researchers find new breast cancer treatment target

11 August 2014 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered a way of predicting cancer-free survival in breast cancer patients and identified a new treatment target.

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IMB researchers Dr Adam Wall (left) and Dr Lin Luo (right) were part of the IMB research team

New molecular targets could help your body ‘switch off’ inflammation

16 July 2014 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered how an important pair of molecules—found within the cells of our immune system—team up to help ‘switch off’ inflammation in the body.

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UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience Director Brandon Wainwright, left, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and leader researcher Professor Sean Grimmond.

Scientists do Queensland proud in global fight against cancer

8 July 2014 | University of Queensland scientists have succeeded in identifying the major underlying mutations in pancreatic and ovarian cancers, two of Australia’s most ruthless cancers.

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Minister for Science Ian Walker talks with IMB Director Professor Brandon Wainwright

Full house for inaugural Life Sciences @ UQ Networking Forum

1 July 2014 | The inaugural Life Sciences @ UQ Networking Forum was hosted by The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) on 12 June to help generate more collaboration between researchers, and between research and industry.

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A cow's hoof.

Why cows have fewer toes than you

26 June 2014 | Your foot and a cow’s hoof may look very different, but 55 million years ago, both had five toes.

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Professor Melissa Little, Minister Ian Walker and Professor Justin Cooper-White at the announcement of the agreement with Organovo.

Printed kidney tissue closer to reality

23 May 2014 | Queensland researchers are one step closer to printing 3D human kidney tissue thanks to a partnership between The University of Queensland and a US biotechnology company.

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Gene discovery points to lymphatic disease and cancer therapy

19 May 2014 | Scientists from The University of Queensland (UQ) have unravelled the workings of a gene that could be used to treat lymphatic diseases or stop the spread of cancer.

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Dr Andrew Brooks and Professor Mike Waters

Height protein could be cancer and diabetes treatment target

16 May 2014 | University of Queensland scientists have discovered that a protein that regulates how tall you grow could be used in treating diseases including cancer and diabetes.

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Dr Lachlan Coin

Better test for childhood TB is on the way

1 May 2014 | A distinctive genetic “signature” offers new hope for developing a rapid, affordable diagnostic test for the hundreds of thousands of children infected with tuberculosis each year.

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Dr Ben Hogan used zebrafish to discover a kidney disease gene also controls lymphatic vessel growth.

Kidney disease gene controls cancer highway

25 April 2014 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered that a gene that causes kidney disease also controls growth of the lymphatic system, a key route through which cancer spreads.

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Attendees at the 2013 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology

Registrations open for 2014 Winter School

Registrations are now open for the 11th annual Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology, hosted by IMB and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics from 7-11 July at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

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Dr Ryan Taft has accepted a position with the world's largest genomics company

UQ gene expert joins global company

16 April 2014 | The world’s largest genomics company, Illumina Inc., has chosen a researcher from The University of Queensland (UQ) to join as Director of Scientific Research.

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Professor Melissa Little will share her research into using lab-grown organs to understand kidney disease.

Organoids offer stem cell experts a window into kidney disease

14 April 2014 | A University of Queensland researcher will explain how she is using organoids, lab-grown models of human organs, to better understand kidney disease in a live public webcast and question time at 7am AEST Wednesday April 16.

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Global collaboration targets drug-resistant parasites

11 April 2014 | Researchers from The University of Queensland and Griffith University have teamed with scientists from Europe and South America to develop new treatments for drug-resistant parasitic infections.

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Dr Ligong Liu and Dr Jeffrey Mak

Immune sentries protect gut from bugs by sensing vitamins

3 April 2014 | Australian researchers have identified a biochemical key that alerts immune cells to the presence of bacteria and fungi, which could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers and even infections like tuberculosis.

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Professor Richard Lewis with a textile cone.

Cone snails have multiple venoms, research shows

27 March 2014 | Cone snails change “weapons”, depending on whether they are hunting or defending themselves, researchers from The University of Queensland have discovered.

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Dr Yann Gambin (left) with Dr Nick Ariotti and Dr Kerrie-Ann McMahon, who also contributed to the research

Secret life of cells revealed with new technique

20 March 2014 | A new technique that allows researchers to conduct experiments more rapidly and with increased resolution is already giving insights into the workings of proteins important in diseases of the heart and muscles.

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New GDD Division Head Professor Melissa Little (centre) with outgoing division heads Professor Peter Koopman (left) and Professor Mark Ragan (right)

Boost for research into inherited and developmental diseases

20 March 2014 | IMB researchers will be aided in generating new insights into some of the most serious diseases facing contemporary society by the merger of two of its foundational research divisions.

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Cone snails at IMB

Advance toward developing an oral pain reliever derived from debilitating snail venom

17 March 2014 | Scientists reported today they have created at least five new experimental substances — based on a tiny protein found in cone snail venom — that could someday lead to the development of safe and effective oral medications for treatment of chronic nerve pain.

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Dr Maggie Hardy

UQ celebrates its female researchers

7 March 2014 | As the world prepares to celebrate annual International Women’s Day tomorrow, The University of Queensland is celebrating the groundbreaking research of three of its leading female early-career researchers.

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Professor Matt Cooper

Tiny sensor could lead to better superbug drugs

3 March 2014 | Researchers have developed a new method for rapidly measuring the level of antibiotic molecules in the blood and how they work against bacteria, paving the way for personalised treatments for bacterial diseases.

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The University of Queensland

UQ tops the nation for biological science

26 February 2014 | The University of Queensland (UQ) has performed strongly in a global league table of subjects released today (26 February), ranking 21st in the world and 1st in Australia for biological sciences.

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Professor Richard Lewis

Pain relief targeted in new research funding

18 February 2014 | IMB researchers have been awarded over $10 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate pain relief, dengue fever vaccinations and asthma treatments.

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Ms Cindy Bermudez, IMB summer student

Summer of hunting for drugs to combat bugs

14 February 2014 | Summer student Cindy Bermudez spent her holidays studying plants, bacteria and fungi in an effort to find treatments for infectious diseases.

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Professor Paul Alewood

'Love drug' may treat abdominal pain

30 January 2014 | Australian researchers have found a key to treating chronic abdominal pain may lie in a hormone that induces labour and encourages social bonding.

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Associate Professor Rick Sturm carries the gene for blue eyes

7000-year-old European reveals genetic origins of blue eyes, lactose intolerance

27 January 2014 | The discovery of a Stone Age man with the genes for blue eyes and dark skin has revealed that blue eye colour likely spread through the European population before fair skin.

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A potential cancer cell extruding from an epithelium. Image credit: Selwin Wu, Yap Lab

‘Make-or-break’ protein holds key to cancer spread

15 January 2014 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered a protein in cells that could block the escape route of potentially cancerous cells and stop them spreading to other parts of the body.

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Professor Rob Parton is a chief investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology

ARC Centres of Excellence announced

3 January 2014 | IMB researchers will help lead two of the Australian Research Council's (ARC) recently announced Centres of Excellence, which will commence funding this year.

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Dr Tao Zhu (left), Dr Dennis Liotta (centre) and Professor Maree Smith (right) at the Life Sciences@UQ Networking Forum.

Life Sciences@UQ Networking Forum on global collaborations

25 November 2014 On 27 October, The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) hosted its second Life Sciences@UQ Networking Forum on "Networking a globally competitive life sciences sector for Qu...

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