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UQ leads the nation for prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowships

24 June 2015

The Australian Research Council named 15 new Australian Laureate Fellows, including three UQ researchers –  IMB's Professor David Craik, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences's and IMB affiliate Professor Philip Hugenholtz and the TC Beirne School of Law’s Professor Brad Sherman.

Global search for next antibiotic

19 June 2015

IMB researchers have launched a global search to discover antibiotics capable of combating superbug bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics.

 

Premier announces Queensland drug development centre

16 June 2014

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the establishment of the University of Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), which will be based at UQ IMB, at the International BIO Conference in Philadelphia.

2014 recipient Claudia Stocks

Applications for the IMB Research Advancement Award are now open!

15 June 2015

UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) invites Australia’s most promising young scientists to apply for a $30,000 top-up scholarship to help kick-start their research career.

centipede

Spider and centipede venom evolved from insulin-like hormone

12 June 2015

UQ IMB researchers have revealed the venom of spiders and centipedes, which is their most powerful weapon, evolved from insulin-like hormones.

Advisory board to assist in guiding IMB's operations

IMB’s Advisory Board was formed mid-last year to advise on and assist in guiding IMB’s operations as a leader in research, commercialisation, philanthropic and engagement activities.

IMB scientist honoured by the American Peptide Society

5 June 2015

IMB Group Leader Professor David Craik has received the American Peptide Society’s 2015 Vincent du Vigneaud Award.

Study could explain why ovarian cancer treatments fail

28 May 2015

Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study published in Nature reports.

Growth hormone pioneer elected Australian Academy of Science Fellow

25 May 2015

IMB researcher Professor Mike Waters has today been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science during his career spanning more than 45 years.

Dr Ben Hogan

Funds to help UQ get to the heart of cardiovascular disease

8 May 2015

University of Queensland scientist Dr Ben Hogan has been awarded $455,000 to work towards new treatments for cardiovascular diseases that affect one in six Australians and cost the national economy about $5.9 billion to treat each year.

Progress towards a new asthma treatment

4 May 2015

IMB researchers are developing a new asthma treatment that targets the underlying cause of asthma, rather than just the symptoms.

Research targets hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

28 April 2015

Associate Professor Lachlan Coin is part of an international team tackling hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa by improving sweet potato crops. 

IMB student snapped up by Fortune 500 company

23 April 2015

PhD student Fabian Kurth has accepted a position at Accenture, a leading global management, consulting and outsourcing services organisation. 

Using human fat cells to fight infection

20 April 2015

IMB scientist is part of an international team awarded $US1.3 million to help identify how fat deposits in humans can be used to attack bacteria.

Innovative research explores new diagnostic test for advanced breast cancer

31 March 2015

Professor Kirill Alexandrov has been awarded a 2015 National Breast Cancer Foundation Innovator Grant to investigate the potential of a new diagnostic test for advanced breast cancer. ­

Authors return to UQ to launch book where it all began

26 March 2015

A rare disease discovered at The University of Queensland that gave an Australian family a diagnosis for their son’s mystery illness is the subject of a new book Cracking the Code.

UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) are inviting interested locals to join them for a public author event from 5.30pm on Wednesday 1 April to celebrate Penguin Random House’s upcoming new release.

 

NHMRC awards $8 million for UQ research

25 March 2015

IMB's Professor David Fairlie has been awarded $557,000 over three years to develop new drug treatments for malaria, a disease that kills an estimated 584,000 people worldwide each year.

Retired but not expired: ancient sex switch still works

16 March 2015

University of Queensland scientists have brought a retired sex gene in mammals back to life, proving it can still switch on male development in mice despite not having done so for millions of years.

New money for UQ Parkinson’s research

9 March 2015

A University of Queensland research team has been awarded a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to target brain inflammation in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Spider venom may have legs as future painkiller

4 March 2015

University of Queensland researchers have found seven peptides (mini-proteins) in spider venom that block the molecular pathway responsible for sending pain signals from nerves to the brain.

Researchers raise their hands in support of Rare Disease Day

27 February 2015

Researchers from IMB’s Centre for Rare Diseases Research are calling on Queenslanders to show their support for international Rare Disease Day tomorrow (28 February).

Prof Sean Grimmond

Pancreatic cancer subtypes could guide future treatment

26 February 2015

Scientists from Australia and the UK have completed the most comprehensive analysis yet of pancreatic cancer, in a study that could improve future treatments. The international study has revealed four subtypes of the disease.

New molecule could improve treatments for inflammatory diseases

17 February 2015

Scientists in Brisbane and Ireland have developed a small molecule that blocks a key driver of inflammatory diseases – a finding that could inspire new treatments for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and a family of rare autoinflammatory diseases.

Mentor recognised in national leadership awards

9 February 2015

University of Queensland structural biologist and women in science champion Professor Jenny Martin has been named a Mentor of the Year Award finalist in the 2015 NAB-Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

Professor Alpha Yap

Cancer Council Queensland invests in promising UQ research

5 February 2015

University of Queensland research to prevent, treat and diagnose a range of cancers has been boosted by the injection of $1.78 million in Cancer Council Queensland funding.

UQ alumni recognised for contributions to society

27 January 2015

Congratulations to IMB advisory board member, Professor John Funder, who was awarded with one of the highest honours, a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.


A case for a university happiness ranking

16 January 2015

IMB's Professor Jenny Martin recent blog post on new researcher-friendly metrics for ranking universities — including a happiness index — is drawing enthusiasm on social media and beyond.

We need new antibiotics to beat superbugs, but why are they so hard to find?

14 January 2015

IMB's Professor Matt Cooper discusses the current challenges we face in discovering and developing new antibiotics. 

Source: https://flic.kr/p/do9QH1

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.

Snack on whole foods to boost good gut bacteria

5 December 2014

Professor Matt Cooper discusses the impact of gut bacteria on our health and wellbeing.

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.

Scientists uncover new intelligence behind inflammatory disease

27 November 2014

Researchers from UQ’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.

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.

Life sciences@UQ Networking Forum on global collaborations

25 November 2014

On 27 October, IMB hosted its second Life Sciences@UQ Networking Forum on "Networking a globally competitive life sciences sector for Queensland".

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.

Crystal structure part of our cells little caves

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.

Professor Peter Koopman

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.

Dr Melanie Shakespear

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.

David Craik

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 Professor David Craik win an $80,000 research excellence award.

Young UQ science student makes plea for change

3 November 2014

A passionate 19-year-old UQ 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.

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.

 

Young immunologist receives coverted 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.

Peptide science pioneer wins prestigious medal

23 October 2014

Professor 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.

 

Imaging centre to unravel secrets of immune system

20 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.

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).

Rare infant epilepsy under the microscope

15 October 2014

Scientists at IMB and QBI are making progress in understanding a rare and deadly form of infant epilepsy with hopes of one day discovering a cure.

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.
 

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.

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

26 September 2014

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

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.
 

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. 

UQ celebrates rising stars at Women in Technology awards

15 September 2014

IMB researcher 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.

Last chance to apply for IMB Research Advancement Awards

12 September 2014

IMB is calling on the nation’s most promising young scientists to apply for a $30,000 top-up scholarship to help them kick-start their research careers.

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.

Australia's young Einsteins get the red-carpet treatment

11 August 2014

IMB postdoctoral researcher Dr Sonia Troeira Henriques was one of 15 high-achieving early career researchers invited to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Physiology or Medicine in Germany last month.

Professor George Muscat 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.

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.

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 cancer

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. The ultimate aim of this forum, and future ones, is to network a globally competitive life sciences sector for Queensland. 

Cow's hoof

Why cows have fewer toes than you

26 June 2014

An international team of researchers has discovered the molecular changes that caused hoofed animals to diverge from other animals with four limbs and five toes.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Dr Ben Hogan with zebrafish

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.

Registrations open for 2014 Winter School

23 April 2014

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.

Dr Ryan Taft

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.

Organoids offer stem cell experts a window into kidney disease

14 April 2014

IMB researcher Professor Melissa Little 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

17 March 2014

Scientists 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.

UQ celebrates its female researchers

7 March 2014

As the world prepares to celebrate annual International Women’s Day tomorrow (8/3/14), The University of Queensland is celebrating the groundbreaking research of three of its leading female early-career researchers.

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. 

UQ tops the nation for biological science

26 February 2014

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.

Pain relief targeted in new research funding

18 February 2014

Researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) 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.

Summer of hunting for drugs to combat bugs

14 February 2014

While many students took a well-earned break over summer, Brisbane woman Cindy Bermudez spent her holidays studying plants, bacteria and fungi in an effort to find treatments for infectious diseases.

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.

Professor Rick Sturm carries the genes 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.

‘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.

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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UQ leads the nation for prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowships

The Australian Research Council named 15 new Australian Laureate Fellows, including three UQ researchers – the Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Professor David Craik, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences’s Professor Philip Hugenholtz and the TC Beirne School of Law’s Professor Brad Sherman.

Global search for next antibiotic

University of Queensland researchers have launched a global search to discover antibiotics capable of combating superbug bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics.

Spider and centipede venom evolved from insulin-like hormone

Funnel-web spider venom contains powerful neurotoxins that instantly paralyze prey (usually insects). Millions of years ago, however, this potent poison was just a hormone that helped ancestors of these spiders regulate sugar metabolism, similar to the role of insulin in humans. Surprisingly, this hormone's weaponization--described on June 11 in the journal Structure--occurred in arachnids as well as centipedes, but in different ways.

Applications for the IMB Research Advancement Award are now open!

UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) invites Australia’s most promising young scientists to apply for a $30,000 top-up scholarship to help kick-start their research career.

Tailor-made treatments the focus of latest childhood brain cancer research

More effective and less traumatic treatments may become a reality for children with brain and spinal cord tumours thanks to an $80,000 donation from the Brainchild Foundation.

Study could explain why ovarian cancer treatments fail

Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports.

Growth hormone pioneer elected Australian Academy of Science Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience researcher Professor Mike Waters has today been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science during his career spanning more than 45 years.

IMB scientist honoured by the American Peptide Society

IMB Group Leader Professor David Craik has received the American Peptide Society’s 2015 Vincent du Vigneaud Award.

Funds to help UQ get to the heart of cardiovascular disease

University of Queensland scientist Dr Ben Hogan has been awarded $455,000 to work towards new treatments for cardiovascular diseases that affect one in six Australians and cost the national economy about $5.9 billion to treat each year.

Progress towards a new asthma treatment

University of Queensland researchers are developing a new asthma treatment that targets the underlying cause of asthma, rather than just the symptoms.

Using human fat cells to fight infection

IMB scientist is part of an international team awarded $US1.3 million to help identify how fat deposits in humans can be used to attack bacteria.

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