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Breakthrough in understanding Parkinson’s disease

Research from UQ could lead to a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease, with future potential applications to nearly 50 other disorders. In Parkinson's disease – which affects about eight million people worldwide – vital nerve cells (neurons) in the brain malfunction or die. Researchers IMB examined a genetic mutation that interrupts the traffic of materials within neurons and allows waste products to accumulate, causing Parkinson’s disease.

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Bacterial or viral? Now we can tell

26 August 2016 | Researchers from IMB and Imperial College London have developed a method to distinguish viral and bacterial infections in children, which will save lives and reduce antibiotic use. Associate Professor Lachlan Coin from the Centre for Superbug Solutions at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience said bacterial and viral infections could be difficult to tell apart. The team's new method will prevent the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics to children with viral infections, and ensure dangerous bacterial infections don’t go undetected.

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Mobile phone diagnostic tool to help detect disease

23 August 2016 | Thanks to funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IMB Group Leader Professor Kirill Alexandrov will pursue an innovative global health and development research project to repurpose glucose monitoring technology to develop a cheap, portable biosensor to detect a range of infectious diseases, including Dengue fever and Zika virus.

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Biotech one step closer to bowel disease treatment

22 August 2016 | IMB spin-out biotech company Protagonist Therapeutics Inc is a step closer to developing a new drug that would benefit millions of people worldwide. The company is headquartered in California with research operations at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience in Brisbane. It is working on the development of peptide-based oral drugs to treat inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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UQ medical research recognised as some of nation’s best

19 August 2016 | The National Health and Medical Research Council has named two UQ projects among its 10 of the Best Research Projects 2015, including IMB Group Leader Professor David Craik's project named “The scorpion king: lighting the way to defeating brain cancer”. These projects have led to ground-breaking medical discoveries and important changes to healthcare.

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3rd Annual Queensland Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance

3rd Annual Queensland Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance

17 August 2016 | Please join us on 14 November for this important forum, which will gather experts from both the clinical and scientific community to focus on a One Health approach to combat antimicrobial resistance. Register now!

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Apply now for the IMB Research Advancement Award

3 August 2016 | Applications are now open for the IMB Research Advancement Award, offering brilliant prospective PhD students the opportunity to secure a $30,000 top-up scholarship to support their studies at IMB.

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New group leaders to join IMB’s fight against disease

2 August 2016 | IMB has welcomed three new research groups to bolster its investigations into neurological and psychiatric disorders, including motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, autism and schizophrenia. Professor Peter Visscher, Professor Naomi Wray and Associate Professor Jian Yang –– who have been awarded more than $15 million in research funding since 2010 –– bring to IMB a wealth of experience in complex disease research.

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Pregnancy couldn’t stop PhD

20 July 2016 | It is possible to combine family and a love of science. PhD graduate Rubbiya Ali looks back on everything she’s achieved at UQ, including mapping microalgae to help produce more efficient biofuels and having a son.

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Tarantula venom turns the worm

19 July 2016 | Tarantula spider venom could become an unlikely ally in the war against sheep infections caused by nematode worms - a major cost for the international sheep industry. University of Queensland (UQ) Bachelor of Biomedical Science (honours) graduating student Samantha Nixon has been investigating compounds from tarantula venom as a potential treatment for sheep parasites which lead to huge economic losses for farmers. Samantha's honours year grew from a summer research project at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) studying tarantula venoms.

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Watch the live stream of Pain: Making it personal, 18 July 2016

18 July 2016 | Watch the live stream of our free community seminar, Pain: Making it personal, hosted by the IMB Centre for Pain Research.

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IMB innovators shine at research awards

14 July 2016 | The quality of research performed at The University of Queensland was recognised at last night’s (13 July) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards in Canberra. IMB's Professor Kirill Alexandrov was awarded the NHMRC's top-ranked development grant application, and Dr Joseph Powell was awarded the RD Wright Biomedical – Level 1 category of the Career Development Fellowship scheme and Commonwealth Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

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Dr Joseph Powell

Awards to help researcher unlock the secrets of DNA

14 July 2016 | UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Dr Joseph Powell has won the prestigious Commonwealth Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health and Medical Research and the top-ranked RD Wright Career Development Fellowship.

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Discovering new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes

13 July 2016 | IMB researchers are developing new drugs that target the underlying cause of diabetes and could be taken as tablets rather than injections.

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Register now for ASMR Science in the Cinema

13 July 2016 | Please join the ASMR Queensland Branch for their upcoming Science in the Cinema event on 28 July 2016, supported by the IMB Centre for Pain Research.

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IMB Seminar Series - Building organs in dishes: moving from party trick to medical application

Please join us on Friday 5 August 2016 from 12.30pm for our IMB Seminar Series with world-renowned kidney researcher Professor Melissa Little on 'Building organs in dishes: moving from party trick to medical application'.

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Multimillion dollar biopharmaceutical centre to be established in Queensland

Multimillion dollar biopharmaceutical centre to be established in Queensland

10 July 2016 | A $10 million biopharmaceutical initiative with strong industry support will be established at The University of Queensland to train the next generation of scientists and enhance Australia’s capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector.

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IMB Seminar Series - Towards four-dimensional (eco)systems biology in the sea

Please join us on Friday 8 July 2016 from 12 noon for our IMB/2016 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology Seminar with University of Hawaii's Professor Edward DeLong on 'Towards four-dimensional (eco)systems biology in the sea'.

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Smartphone testing for Zika virus

30 June | 2016 Prototypes of a portable test for Zika virus and a range of other diseases, using just a microchip plugged into a smartphone, may be available by the end of 2016. The new test could be performed from the comfort of the patient’s own home according to Professor Kirill Alexandrov from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at The University of Queensland.

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Deadly animals helping us understand pain

30 June 2016 | Toxins from snakes, spiders, jellyfish and scorpions are helping scientists to better understand how pain works, with the hope of managing chronic pain more effectively. Pain comes in many forms, requiring different treatments and often making it difficult to manage. Many painkillers have negative side effects including addiction, and for some the painkillers don’t even work.

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Can algae fuel our future?

30 June 2016 | We can make biofuels with algae, but can we make them commercially viable? A University of Queensland (UQ) research team is working towards it – and Siemens, Neste Oil Corp, the Queensland Government and others have joined their quest.

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UQ research hones in on new TB drugs

22 June 2016 | University of Queensland scientists are honing in on drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), in a project which could lead to new antibiotics. The UQ team, including IMB's Professor Rob Capon, has identified four new classes of compounds which act against TB bacteria, and hopes commercialisation activities could begin within two to three years.

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UQ IMB researchers Prashanth Jutty Rajan, Kathleen Yin and Alan Robertson

Queensland researchers take the pain out of pain apps

20 June 2016 | Researchers from The University of Queensland are seeking public input as they develop a mobile app to help chronic pain sufferers and healthcare providers manage and treat pain. PainPal will help patients track their symptoms and medication while providing helpful information and support.

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Activated immune cells

Unlocking secrets of the immune system could help combat colitis

17 June 2016 | Researchers have unlocked secrets of our ancient immune system, a major scientific advance which could help scientists and clinicians in the global fight against disease. An international team, including researchers from The University of Queensland, identified interactions between immune system pathways which could improve the treatment of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects millions of people worldwide.

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IMB Research Grants Manager Michelle Foley (right) with IMB Deputy Director (Research) Professor Jenny Stow

IMB staff shine at UQ awards night

15 June 2016 | IMB staff have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the UQ community at the 2016 UQ Awards for Excellence ceremony, held on 9 June. IMB Research Grants Manager Michelle Foley received a UQ Award for Excellence in Service, and IMB’s Community for Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) team received a UQ Award for Excellence in Innovation.

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Queenslanders to battle cane toads

10 June 2016 | Queensland researchers have made a big leap forward in their quest to eradicate the billions of cane toads wreaking havoc on our native wildlife and habitats. Environmentally friendly cane toad traps – developed by a team of researchers from The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney – are one step closer to production, following an agreement between UQ and US-based pest control company, SpringStar Inc.

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IMB scientist wins top Minister’s award

10 June 2016 | IMB Group Leader Dr Joseph Powell has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

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Spiders put the bite on irritable bowel syndrome pain

7 June 2016 | Spiders have helped researchers from Australia and the US discover a new target for irritable bowel syndrome pain.

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Read our IMB Industry Impact newsletter

20 May 2016 | Read our latest industry newsletter to see how IMB is innovating for health and the environment, and translating our research to create change.

Innovating for agriculture | IMB spin-out starts clinical trials for IBD | Fighting cane toads with their own toxin

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Pain: Making it Personal, free community event, 18 July

5 May 2016 | Join leading clinical pain scientist, Professor Lorimer Moseley, and IMB researchers as they discuss how the challenging and personal nature of pain is inspiring a new generation of patient-focused treatments for one of the most poorly understood and undertreated conditions in modern medicine.

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Dr Cas Simons

Genome study offers new hope for children with rare diseases

10 May 2016 | An international team involving University of Queensland researchers has used advanced genome sequencing to diagnose 30 patients with unresolved rare diseases.

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IMB Seminar Series - Mining plants for new treatments for fungal diseases

Please join us on Friday 10 June 2016 from 12.30pm for our IMB Seminar with La Trobe University's Professor Marilyn Anderson AO on 'Mining plants for new treatments for fungal diseases'.

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Growing medicines in plants

Growing medicines in plants

19 May 2016 | Taking medicine in the future could be as simple as eating a sunflower seed or drinking a cup of tea made from herbs grown in your own garden.

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IMB Seminar Series - The reformation of molecular biology and evolution

Please join us on Friday 6 May 2016 from 12.30pm for our IMB Seminar with Garvan Institute of Medical Research Director Professor John Mattick AO on 'The reformation of molecular biology and evolution'.

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UQ and African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation sign MOU to facilitate drug discovery in Africa

11 April 2016 | UQ’s Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) which is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

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Australian and French researchers team up to discover new antibiotics

8 April 2016 | Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) are advancing their mission to discover new antibiotics capable of combating multi-drug resistant bacterial infections after signing an agreement to screen the entire French National Chemical Library.

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New research facility at the forefront of genomic engineering revolution

31 March 2016 | IMB recently launched its new Queensland Facility for Advanced Genome Editing (QFAGE), based at UQ's St Lucia campus, which provides expert genetic modification services using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology in mice.

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Membrane Trafficking and Dynamics Symposium

30 March 2016 | You are invited to join us for a free half-day Membrane Trafficking and Dynamics Symposium on 18 April 2016 at IMB.

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Shu-Ching Wang, George Muscat, Tae Gyu Oh and Bipul Acharya from IMB worked on the cancer research

Breast cancer gene a key to unlocking new treatments

23 March 2016 | Researchers from The University of Queensland have identified a treatment target for aggressive forms of breast cancer.

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IMB Seminar Series - Putting the balance back in diet: the nutritional geometry of health and ageing

Please join us on Friday 15 April 2016 from 12.30pm for our IMB Seminar with Charles Perkins Centre CEO Professor Stephen Simpson AC on 'Putting the balance back in diet: the nutritional geometry of health and ageing'.

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World carbon dioxide emissions could rise more rapidly than expected

10 March 2016 | CO2 emissions and thus global warming could rise more quickly than expected, according to a new model by University of Queensland and Griffith University researchers.

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Tarantula toxins show promise as future painkillers

28 February 2016 | Peptide toxins isolated from the venom of some animals -- such as the Peruvian green velvet tarantula -- can be beneficial when used to target neural receptors to reduce the sensation of pain.

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What are rare diseases?

29 February 2016 | This year on Rare Disease Day, Associate Professor Carol Wicking, Director of the IMB Centre for Rare Diseases Research, explains what rare diseases are and why a co-ordinated approach to tackling rare diseases is needed.

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UQ researchers unlocking mysteries of rare diseases

29 February 2016 | UQ researchers, including those at the IMB Centre for Rare Diseases Research, are working to find causes and treatments for some of the world’s rarest diseases – which collectively affect more than 1.2 million Australians.

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Professor Sean Grimmond

Pancreatic cancer is four diseases, each with new treatment possibilities

25 February 2016 | An international team led by Australian researchers has studied the genetics of pancreatic cancer, revealing it is actually four separate diseases, each with different genetic triggers and survival rates, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

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Virtual 'toolset' frees researchers from IT stress

23 February 2016 | The director of The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre has been named the iTnews Education Chief Information Officer of the Year.

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Global influencers at IMB

IMB is home to some of the world’s most influential scientific minds, measured by Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers index. New group leader Professor Grant Montgomery was named in this prestigious index.

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IMB Seminar Series - Pain: Do you really get it?

Please join us on Friday 4 March 2016 from 12.30pm for our upcoming IMB Seminar Series event, where we will hear from the University of South Australia's Professor Lorimer Moseley on 'Pain: Do you really get it?'

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Australian-European alignment for new antibiotics

9 February 2016 | The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) ENABLE project have aligned to develop potential new antibiotics against multi-drug resistant bacterial infections.

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IMB Seminar Series - The Genes in our Food, 10 Feb

Please join us on 10 February 2016 from 12 noon for our first IMB Seminar Series event for 2016, where we will hear from current Director of Scotland's Roslin Institute (and former IMBer) Professor David Hume on 'Genes in our Food'.

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Protagonist Therapeutics initiates Phase 1 study with oral peptide PTG-100

January 11, 2016 | Protagonist Therapeutics, a spin-out company from IMB, has begun clinical trials with a novel drug candidate being investigated as a potential 'oral targeted therapy' for inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Dr Sonia Henriques

ARC Fellow shows the way of the future

16 December 2015 | The Australian Research Council has awarded five new Future Fellows at The University of Queensland, including IMB's Dr Sonia Henriques whose research has huge potential in reducing global carbon emissions.

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Enter the CO-ADD Chemistry Prize on Thinkable

17 November 2015 | The CO-ADD Chemistry Prize is an online competition open to all academic researchers and students worldwide, who can submit an abstract and an optional video on how chemistry can fight the war on superbugs and help find the next antibiotic. Entries close 15 January 2016.

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Queensland Forum on AMR organising committee, including colleagues from IMB, UQCCR and Queensland Health.

Experts meet to launch Antibiotic Awareness Week in Queensland

13 November 2015 | The University of Queensland has teamed up with the Queensland Department of Health to bring researchers and clinicians together to take action against antibiotic resistance.

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UQ receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for groundbreaking research in global health and development

13 November 2015 | The University of Queensland announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Research groups led by Professor Paul Young of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Professor Matt Cooper at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled Next-gen diagnostics for field-based surveillance of Wolbachia and arboviral infections in wild mosquitoes.

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NHMRC awards more than $11 million to IMB research

9 November 2015 | Research to investigate drug leads for cholesterol, antibiotics for drug-resistant bacteria, cardiovascular development, 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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Cone snails

ARC invests $7M in IMB research

30 October 2015 | Researchers at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have received $7 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to pursue discoveries in a range of health and agriculture areas. The grants will fund projects to develop biosensors that can talk to smartphones, more efficient algal biofactories, and pain treatments from venom.

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Queensland initiative to find new drug treatments secures state funding

5 November 2015 | An initiative to create new and potentially life-changing drugs has taken a step forward at The University of Queensland following an Advance Queensland funding agreement with the Queensland Government. The Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), to be based at UQ, will translate world-class academic drug discovery into candidates for clinical trials.

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Dr Joseph Powell

Scientists find 1500 'ageing' genes that could lead to new treatments

22 October 2015 | Researchers from The University of Queensland have helped identify nearly 1,500 genes associated with ageing that could lead to new health treatments. Dr Joseph Powell, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), said the discovery, made by an international team of scientists, could lead to improved prevention and treatment for age-related diseases

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Free documentary screening for Antibiotic Awareness Week

21 October 2015 | Please join us on 17 November 2015 for the screening of the film “RESISTANCE” which looks at the devastating impact of antibiotic resistance and asks “Do we need to save antibiotics to save ourselves?”

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Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research Annual Symposium

23 August 2016 | You are invited to join us for a free inflammation symposium on 25 November 2016, hosted by the IMB Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research.

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A handprint before washing with soap and water.

Why you should think twice about reaching for your phone at lunch

15 October 2015 | Does a doorhandle or a keyboard have more germs? The University of Queensland's Dr Alysha Elliott swabbed people's hands and common workplace surfaces to expose some of the germiest places around the office, as part of Global Handwashing Day (15 October).

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UniQuest licenses intellectual property to Organovo for kidney toxicity screening and drug development

13 October 2015 | UniQuest, the main technology transfer and commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ), has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT:ONVO), a three-dimensional biology company focused on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs using its 3D bioprinting technology, to patent applications relating to methodology for producing kidney cells from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

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Professor David Craik

Medicine to grow on trees following award

14 October 2015 | Taking medicine in the future could be as simple as eating a sunflower seed or drinking a cup of tea thanks to an award to a University of Queensland researcher. Professor David Craik, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), will grow medicines in plants after receiving $1 million from the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation and trustee Perpetual, which he will share with collaborator Professor Marilyn Anderson from La Trobe University.

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Keratinocytes under a fluorescence microscope.

Working toward wound healing

13 October 2015 | Researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have made advances in understanding the cellular processes that occur during wound healing, skin cancer, and inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis.

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Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. The three colours show the presence of distinct cell types within the developing nephrons. Image by Minoru Takasato.

Mini-kidneys successfully grown from stem cells

8 October 2015 | Australian researchers have perfected a method of growing mini-kidneys from stem cells for use in drug screening, disease modelling and cell therapy.

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PhD student Zoe Schofield, New Investigator Award finalist

IMB student investigating inflammation

2 October 2015 | University of Queensland PhD student Zoe Schofield is investigating the link between gut bacteria, diet and the human immune system to reduce inflammatory injury.

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Pilot program will be a game changer for women in science

2 October 2015 | The University of Queensland (UQ) has joined a national pilot program to improve the promotion and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

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2015 Toshiya Yamada Memorial Lecture

29 September 2015 | Please join us for the 2015 Toshiya Yamada Memorial Lecture: Role of Tau and amyloid in Alzheimer's disease - from basic mechanisms to therapeutic interventions, presented by Professor Jürgen Götz from the Queensland Brain Institute.

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Bioimaging: Single cells to whole organisms

14 September 2015 | You are invited to join us for a free two-day microscopy symposium this 10-11 November 2015, co-hosted by UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

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Forces in Biology - a joint IMB & MBI symposium

4 August 2015 | Please join us from 8-9 October 2015 for Forces in Biology, a joint symposium of UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore.

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Dr Joseph Powell received a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award

Excellence award for genetic disease research

16 September 2015 | A University of Queensland researcher has received an award to investigate how differences in genes can affect someone’s susceptibility to disease.

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Dr Harriet Lo and Professor Rob Parton

Investigating muscle disease at the microscale

16 September 2015 | University of Queensland scientists have provided insight into the cause of muscle diseases including limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and rippling muscle disease.

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Dr Rashmi Priya and Professor Alpha Yap

Connecting the dots for cell adhesion

15 September 2015 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered a new signalling pathway that controls cell adhesion, an important process that is disrupted in diseases such as skin cancer and inflammation.

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Innovative Pfizer-IMB partnership recognised

15 September 2015 | A drug development project that combines the expertise of Pfizer and Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers has been recognised at a University of Queensland awards ceremony.

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Hitting the ground running

29 September 2015 | After almost a decade of intense study in the fields of chemistry and biology, IMB PhD student Wanida Phetsang has been awarded a scholarship with technical solutions company 3M, where she has been using her knowledge to help in the development of healthcare products at the company’s research and development centre in Bangkok.

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UQ ranked 30th in world for life sciences

15 September 2015 | The University of Queensland has held its position among the world’s top 50 universities, ranking 46th globally and number one in Queensland in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.

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New centre tackles one of the world's greatest health challenges

7 September 2015 | The fight against superbugs will advance tomorrow (Tuesday 8 September) with the launch of a new research centre aimed at stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their tracks.

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Professor Jenny Martin has been nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal

IMB researcher nominated for Pride of Australia award - vote now!

1 September 2015 | IMB's Professor Jenny Martin is a finalist for a Pride of Australia Medal in the Inspiration category, and you can help her win the People's Choice Award for Queensland by voting now!

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Angie Jarrad, winner of the Women in Technology PhD Career Start Award

Superbug researcher wins Women in Technology award

31 August 2015 | IMB student Angie Jarrad has won the Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) PhD Career Start Award for her research to develop antibiotics to fight gut pathogens.

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Dr Alysha Elliott

UQ superbug researcher needs your vote

27 August 2015 | A young superbug researcher at The University of Queensland is seeking public support in her bid to win the Centenary Institute’s Lawrence Creative Prize people’s choice award.

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Dr Charlie Teo

Beating the odds against brain cancer with Dr Charlie Teo

11 August 2015 | He’s an internationally renowned neurosurgeon who rides a motorbike, plays the bagpipes, and spends three months a year doing pro bono work in developing countries. Now, South-East Queensland residents can learn more about Associate Professor Charlie Teo’s career and vision for the future of brain cancer treatment in a free community event on Friday 21 August during National Science Week.

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The new synthetic sugar

Sweet revenge against superbugs

21 July 2015 | A special type of synthetic sugar could be the latest weapon in the fight against superbugs.

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IMB spin-out raises $40 million to advance drug to clinical trial

16 July 2015 | Protagonist Therapeutics, a spin-out company from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), has raised $40 million to begin clinical trials of an oral drug for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Professor Kirill Alexandrov

IMB partners with industry to develop new pharmaceuticals and solar fuels

8 July 2015 | IMB researchers will team with industry partners to develop new pharmaceuticals and solar fuels with support from the Australian Research Council

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Conus episcopatus, the cone snail species studied by the researchers

Killer sea snail a target for new drugs

7 July 2015 | University of Queensland pain treatment researchers have discovered thousands of new peptide toxins hidden deep within the venom of just one type of Queensland cone snail.

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UQ leads the nation for prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowships

23 June 2015 | 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.

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Global search for next antibiotic

19 June 2015 | University of Queensland researchers have launched a global search to discover antibiotics capable of combating superbug bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) is a not-for-profit initiative funded by $3.1 million from the Wellcome Trust, and led by researchers at IMB.

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A Scolopendra morsitans species centipede. Image credit: Eivind Undheim, King Group, IMB

Spider and centipede venom evolved from insulin-like hormone

12 June 2015 | 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.

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Claudia Stocks is a recipient of the 2014 Research Advancement Award

Applications for the IMB Research Advancement Award are now open!

15 June 2016 | 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.

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

5 June 2015 | 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.

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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 reports. Professor Sean Grimmond, from IMB, said ovarian cancer cells had at least four different ways to avoid being destroyed by platinum-based chemotherapy treatments.

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<b>Professor Mike Waters</b>
Australian Academy of Science Fellow

Growth hormone pioneer elected Australian Academy of Science Fellow

1 June 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.

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Professor David Craik

IMB scientist honoured by the American Peptide Society

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

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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.

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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.

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Progress towards a new asthma treatment

4 May 2015 | UQ researchers are developing a new asthma treatment that targets the underlying cause of asthma, rather than just the symptoms. UQ Institute of Molecular Bioscience’s Associate Professor Mark Smythe said the research team was developing a new drug designed to offer patients a safer and more effective treatment.

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Research targets hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

28 April 2015 | Professor Lachlan Coin is part of an international team tackling hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa by improving the supply of sweet potato crops.

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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. UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience scientist Professor Robert Parton is one of only two Australian-based researchers to get 2015 Human Frontier Science Program funding.

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Innovative research explores new diagnostic test for advanced breast cancer

31 March 2015 | Professor Kirill Alexandrov has been awarded a 2015 NBCF Innovator Grant to investigate the potential of a new diagnostic test for advanced breast cancer. ­

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Authors return to UQ to launch book where it all began

23 March 2015 | 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.

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NHMRC awards $8 million for UQ research

25 March 2015 | The NHMRC has awarded IMB's Professor David Fairlie $557,000 over three years to develop new drug treatments for malaria, a disease that kills an estimated 584,000 people worldwide each year.

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Retired but not expired: ancient sex switch still works

16 March 2015 | UQ 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.

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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.

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An Australian Tarantula. Credit - Bastian Rast

Spider venom may have legs as future painkiller

4 March 2015 | IMB 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.

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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).

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Professor 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.

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Severe skin rash is a symptom of a family of rare autoinflammatory diseases that can occur at birth and persist throughout life

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.

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Professor Jenny Martin with Dr Fabian Kurth, who recently completed his PhD in Martin Lab

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.

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Cancer Council Queensland invests in promising UQ research

4 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.

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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.

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A case for a university happiness ranking

21 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.

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

14 January 2015 | We’ve heard a lot lately about superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. But as the threat of superbugs continues to rise, the number of new treatments available has flatlined. This has placed us dangerously close to the edge of a return to the pre-antibiotic era, when even simple infections caused death.

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

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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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Zebrafish.

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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Sugarcane. ©iStock/photosoup

New bacteria to boost sustainable sugarcane farming

20 December 2013 | University of Queensland researchers have discovered a new species of bacterium that could potentially reduce the need for nitrogen fertiliser in cane farming.

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A kidney grown in a dish as seen under the microscope

Researchers grow kidney from stem cells

16 December 2013 | Professor Melissa Little and her lab have grown a kidney using stem cells, paving the way for improved treatments for patients with kidney disease.

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Hard work pays off for PhD students

Hard work pays off for PhD students

6 December 2013 | On Friday 6 December we celebrated with eight of our recently conferred PhD students as they took part in UQ's end-of-year graduation ceremony.

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Dr Zeinab Khalil

Student overcomes revolution and floods to earn PhD

6 December 2013 | Political upheaval in her home country and devastating floods at her Ipswich apartment could not stop Dr Zeinab Khalil from graduating with a PhD in molecular bioscience and microbiology on Friday, 6 December.

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Dr Robert Reid

New technique offers potential for more affordable drugs

5 December 2013 | University of Queensland researchers have pioneered a drug development technique that could pave the way for a new class of low-cost medicines.

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Dr Kate Schroder with Queensland Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts the Hon. Ian Walker MP

Researchers bloom at Tall Poppy Awards

21 November 2013 | IMB researchers studying how the body fights infection and how venoms can ease pain have been named among Queensland’s best and brightest young scientists at the 2013 Tall Poppy Awards.

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Associate Professor Carol Wicking

Key genes discovered behind Jeune Syndrome

13 November 2013 | Scientists from The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have identified three new genes behind Jeune Syndrome, a devastating inherited disease in which severe bone deformities lead to profound breathing difficulties and usually early death.

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New clues to aggressive breast cancer

12 November 2013 | Queensland scientists have identified a genetic “switch” which indicates whether a woman’s breast cancer will spread.

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Professor Matt Cooper

How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

11 November 2013 | Australian researchers have found that zinc can ‘starve’ one of the world’s most deadly microbes by preventing its uptake of an essential metal.

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Macrophages ingesting latex beads.

IMB researchers to investigate if cholesterol affects the immune system

8 November 2013 | IMB researchers have been awarded four grants and three fellowships worth $3.2 million from the Australian Research Council for projects including determining the effect of cholesterol on the immune system.

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Professor David Fairlie will collaborate with QIMR Berghofer and Emory University on developing a drug to treat a highly resistant form of breast cancer.

Queensland, Emory research alliance targets cancer treatments

7 November 2013 | A collaborative research project aimed at discovering a drug to treat a highly resistant form of breast cancer is one of two projects given the green light by the Queensland Emory Development (QED) Alliance.

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Jacky Hung with the Green Labs award for Best New Area.

Environment the biggest winner at UQ 'green' awards

4 November 2013 | IMB staff members have been recognised as being among The University of Queensland's most environmentally aware at the annual Green Program Awards.

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Professor Rob Parton (left) and Professor Matt Cooper will receive Excellence Awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

UQ research ranked among Australia's best

1 November 2013 | Research projects exploring how cells migrate and developing improved treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis have been recognised as some of the best in the country by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

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Professor Brandon Wainwright

Study reveals genes behind brain tumours

29 October 2013 | A team of researchers has pinpointed a handful of genes that could drive the formation of medulloblastoma, the most aggressive and frequent form of brain tumour found in children.

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Professor Melissa Little

Researchers receive funding to build a better kidney

23 October 2013 | IMB researchers were awarded a total of 13 grants worth $8.8 million and 8 fellowships by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Parents of newborns with a variation of sexual development are among those who will benefit from a new website.

Researchers explain the science of sex

17 October 2013 | It’s one of the most common inherited conditions that until recently was shrouded in secrecy and sometimes shame, but researchers hope a new community resource will help improve understanding of Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD).

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Beverley Trivett, founder of The John Trivett Foundation

Neurosurgeon, philanthropist team up for a cure

15 October 2013 | Dr Sarah Olson has teamed with businesswoman and philanthropist Beverley Trivett to raise funds for brain tumour research at The University of Queensland.

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An Australian tarantula.

Spider venom helps pets fight parasites

11 October 2013 | A University of Queensland researcher is hoping to deploy treatments from spider venom to protect pets against parasites.

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PhD student Eivind Undheim from the King lab with a centipede.

Centipede venom component could treat pain

1 October 2013 | Australian and Chinese researchers have identified a molecule in centipede venom with the potential to be developed into a painkiller as effective as morphine.

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Stephen Damiani (left) with Dr Ryan Taft

Rare disease champion recognised by IMB

27 September 2013 | A father who has gone out of this world to find a treatment for his son’s illness was today awarded the inaugural IMB Champion Award.

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Associate Professor Mark Smythe

UQ spin-out expands investment round to $18M

20 September 2013 | UQ spin-out company Protagonist Therapeutics has raised an additional $4 million of venture capital funding, taking its total raised from Series B private financing to $18 million.

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Professor David Fairlie

IMB researcher named one of UQ's top inventors

19 September 2013 | Professor David Fairlie was last night named one of UQ's inaugural Top Five Inventors at an awards ceremony celebrating researchers who delivered significant outcomes for the global community.

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Dr Lachlan Coin and Dr Kate Schroder at the 2013 UQ Research Excellence Awards

Awards recognise UQ's rising stars of research

18 September 2013 | Two IMB researchers were part of a group celebrated at a University of Queensland awards ceremony last night.

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An Australian tarantula from the King lab.

Spider venom to target insect pests

12 September 2013 | University of Queensland (UQ) researchers have found a natural component of Australian tarantula venom that is more potent against certain insect pests than existing chemical insecticides.

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Professor Peter Koopman

Unravelling the secrets of maleness

6 September 2013 | New research has identified the key to becoming male is an enzyme that “unravels” DNA to trigger male development of the embryo, a discovery that may give greater insight into intersex disorders.

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Professor Alpha Yap, winner of the 2013 ANZSCDB President's Medal

Cell 'glue' research awarded

5 September 2013 | A University of Queensland scientist has been awarded the prestigious Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology President’s Medal.

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Dr Melanie Shakespear with husband David and daughter Delilah.

Science a family affair for new UQ graduate

3 September 2013 | Dr Melanie Shakespear faced more than the usual postgraduate challenges when completing her PhD at The University of Queensland after she fell pregnant while writing up her thesis.

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Photo credit: iStockphoto.

IMB spin-out in $6.5M ASX listing to develop topical acne treatment

2 September 2013 | Telesso Technologies Limited (ASX: TEO) today launched a $6.5 million capital raising in connection with its acquisition of IMB spin-out company Mimetica and its relisting on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

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New drug lead shows promise as potential treatment for obesity

23 August 2013 | Scientists from The University of Queensland have discovered a new compound that prevents rats on a high-fat, high-sugar diet from becoming obese.

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Marga Gual Soler outside the United Nations in New York.

From the lab bench to the UN

21 August 2013 | IMB PhD student Marga Gual Soler shares insights from her time as an intern at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Aerial view of The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland improves high global ranking

15 August 2013 | UQ has improved its position in the top 100 Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) for 2013, announced today.

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Professor Sean Grimmond

International team reveals 21 ‘signatures’ in 30 common cancers

15 August 2013 | An international team, including scientists from The University of Queensland and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, has described the mutational processes that drive tumour development in 30 of the most common cancer types.

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Ms Amber Williamson, kidney disease advocate, Professor Melissa Little and Minister the Hon. Ian Walker MP.

Cells with an 'identity crisis' offer hope for kidney disease

13 August 2013 | Queensland researchers are convincing tissue cells that they’re actually kidney cells in a project that may lead to new therapies for renal disease.

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Dr Michael Landsberg with the bacterial toxin structure.

Bacterial toxins provide new weapon in fight against insects

5 August 2013 | A team of Australian and New Zealand researchers are harnessing bacteria as a possible new bioinsecticide to control crop pests.

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Dr Evan Stephens at an algae pond at the Solar Biofuels Research Centre

Aussie algae fuel green oil hope

24 July 2013 | Newly trialled native algae species provide real hope for the development of commercially viable fuels from algae, a University of Queensland scientist has found.

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UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Max Lu (pictured left) and IMB Director Professor Brandon Wainwright (pictured right) with Fudan University research experience students.

Students benefit from global research connections

23 July 2013 | UQ will host 23 undergraduate science and biomedical students from China’s Fudan University this month.

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Attendees at the 2013 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology

Computational biology Winter School prepares researchers for bioinformatics revolution

 18 July 2013 Nearly 300 people from academia and industry gathered at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience in July to learn how data can be used to achieve medical and other research breakthroughs at ...

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Protagonist Therapeutics Inc. founder Associate Professor Mark Smythe (right) with team members Greg Bourne (centre) and Craig Murphy (left)

Brisbane biotech secures $14M for drug discovery

11 July 2013 Protagonist Therapeutics Inc. has secured $14 million in venture financing from new investor Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation and existing investors Lilly Ventures and Starfish Ventures (Melbourne, Australia).

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Marga Gual Soler

IMB student blogs about life at the UN

30 June 2013 Scientist Without Borders: Marga Gual Soler joins us at Real Scientists

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IMB links with industry to develop new insecticides and pain treatments

28 June 2013 Researchers at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience have been awarded five grants worth $2.4 million to work with industry on projects such as developing eco-friendly insesticides for crops and treatments for pain from spider venom.

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PhD students Elanor Wainwright (top) and Kathryn McClelland (bottom)

Budding IMB life scientists join world’s best at prestigious US courses

19 June 2013 Two postgraduate students from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience will learn from some of the world’s best scientific minds after securing places at prestigious US laboratories.

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IMB Undergraduate Research Scholarship recipient, Emily Furlong

Chemistry student has formula for success

Emily Furlong of Manly West will be working alongside some of Queensland’s best scientists on antibiotic-resistance projects.

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Professor Melissa Little (left) with lab members and coauthors Jessica Vanslambrouck and Minoru Takasato

Research reprograms future of kidney health

14 June 2013 UQ researchers have reprogrammed adult kidney cells to act as stem cells to repair damaged kidneys.

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Dr Brett Collins (centre) and his lab

NHMRC funds UQ dementia discovery research

10 June 2013 Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler have announced funding to support six new dementia research projects.

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Legionella bacteria. Image credit: Darren Brown and Nathan King.

UQ scientists lead the search for better legionella treatments

8 June 2013 Scientists at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience are leading the way in seeking new drugs to give medical experts better ways of preventing infection by legionella bacteria and treating legionnaires' disease.

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Journal of Cell Biology celebrates Professor Alpha Yap

27 May 2013 IMB’s Molecular Cell Biology Division Head, Professor Alpha Yap, features in the latest edition of leading international scientific publication, The Journal of Cell Biology.

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Cancer researchers raise their cups for a cure

16 May 2013 UPDATE: IMB was proud to help raise almost $500 at it's first Australia's Biggest Morning Tea on 23 May in support of Cancer Council Queensland. Every day, scientists at The University of Queensland&rsquo...

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Ms Cecilia Prator came to IMB on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Fulbright scholar bitten by science bug

14 May 2013 While most people run as far away as possible from spiders, US biology graduate Cecilia Prator travelled to the other side of the world to find them. Ms Prator joined The University of Queensland’s Institute for Mol...

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The University of Queensland has been ranked 22nd in the world for biological sciences

UQ achieves world rankings for biological sciences and chemistry

 8 May 2013 The University of Queensland (UQ) has been ranked in the top 25 in the world for biological sciences and the top 100 in the world for chemistry in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings. Institute for Molecu...

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Dr Ryan Taft
Nikolas Wang.

Toowoomba student studies pain relief potential in venomous snails

2 May 2013 A Toowoomba student spent his summer holidays helping to develop drugs to combat pain from cone snail venom at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB).

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Annabelle Caspersz.

Student investigates social networking of Neandertals

2 May 2013 Wollongong resident and third-year medical biotechnology student Annabelle Caspersz spent her Christmas holidays studying Neandertal DNA in a summer research project at The University of Queensland.

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Algal bioreactors at the Solar Biofuels Research Centre.

Algae to fuel a renewable future

 9 April 2013 Premier Campbell Newman will progress Queensland research into renewable energy when he today (Tuesday 9 April) opens an advanced solar biofuels pilot plant designed to develop microalgae-based systems as a source of clean...

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Professor David Craik FAA

IMB researcher recognised as one of Australia's best

27 March 2013 A scientist whose research into a new type of molecule may lead to improved treatments for pain and other diseases has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to...

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IMB student Marga Gual Soler at the United Nations in New York.

UN curious to learn from UQ student

 25 March 2013 A University of Queensland (UQ) PhD student has been selected from more than 10,000 applicants to undertake a three-month traineeship with the United Nations in New York. Institute for M...

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Professor George Muscat

$5M breast cancer study uncovers new treatment targets

 7 January 2013 Australian researchers have identified new markers and treatment targets for women with breast cancer in a $5 million study funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast cancer is the most common invasi...

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Dr Martin Smith, who was awarded UQ's 10,000th PhD

Perseverance pays off for UQ's 10,000th PhD

18 December 2012 Perseverance is an essential quality for any postgraduate student, but for The University of Queensland's 10,000th PhD conferral Dr Martin Smith, it led him to drive six hours through a Canadian snowstorm for the chance to m...

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Professor Matt Cooper
Dr Irina Vetter

Researchers identify nerves associated with deadly tropical disease

Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have identified the nerves involved in the painful tropical disease called ciguatera.

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A/Prof Mark Smythe, founder of Protagonist

Brisbane biotech expanding in the US

 10 December 2012 A successful Brisbane biotechnology company formed by The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is expanding its collaboration with a publicly traded pharmaceutical company based on ...

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Dr Ligong Liu

Researchers discover that vitamin B metabolites stimulate T cells

 29 November 2012 Australian researchers have discovered that vitamin B metabolites produced by Salmonella bacteria can activate the immune system, a finding that could lead to new treatments for gut and lung dise...

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Professor Peter Koopman

Biology expert appointed to national science council

 21 November 2012 Professor Peter Koopman from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has been elected to the Council of the premier national science body. The Australian Academy of Science...

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World's first Sea-quence project unites Great Barrier Reef and Red Sea scientists to help protect coral reefs from climate change

 8 November 2012 Leading researchers from Australia and Saudi Arabia, including IMB researchers, are coming together to understand the genetic makeup of corals and how they might respond to climate change. Proudly supported by R...

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Professor Glenn King. Photo by Lyndon Mechielsen, The Australian.
Professor Sean Grimmond

Unmasking the deadly secrets of pancreatic cancer

A large-scale study that defines the complexity of underlying mutations responsible for pancreatic cancers in more than 100 patients was published in Nature

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Professor Melissa Little, who was awarded over $3M for kidney research.
Dr Irina Vetter

Scientist recognised for outstanding biomedical research

 17 October 2012 An IMB researcher has been awarded a $75,000 Ramaciotti Foundation grant at a gala dinner last night in Brisbane. Dr Irina Vetter  was recognised for her outstanding biomedical research along with Dr Lata V...

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Dr Ryan Taft at the Research Excellence Awards

Hunt for genes behind rare paediatric brain disorder

06 October 2102 A University of Queensland researcher has been awarded an $85,000 grant to identify the genes that underlie rare paediatric brain disorders. Dr Ryan Taft from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) won a UQ Foun...

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Watch NHMRC Ten of the Best video

  Professor Brandon Wainwright at the NHMRC Ten of the Best Research Projects presentation.

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Dr Ryan Taft
IMB's Associate Professor Carol Wicking is part of an international team that has identified the genes that shape our faces

Looking at you: face genes identified

 14 September 2012 Five genes have been found to determine human facial shapes, as reported by researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia in the open-access journal PLOS Genetics. ...

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Wilko Duprez

The power of algae

 10 September 2012

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An example of Ms Underhill's art

When science is art: a different view on cancer

27 August 2012 A young artist recovering from cancer has teamed up with researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) to understand the molecular changes in her body that occurred during the disease...

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Professor Brandon Wainwright

Possible new approach to fighting chronic inflammatory disease

 30 July 2012 Researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience have discovered a potential new approach to treating chronic inf...

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A gac fruit

Seed genes could provide basis for affordable therapeutic drugs

26 July 2012 Queensland scientists are unlocking the benefits of a protein found in seeds of a spiky red fruit that could lead to the development of more affordable medicines made from plants.  The odd-look...

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Professor Alpha Yap

Cell glue gives insights into cancer

 July 17, 2012 University of Queensland researchers have discovered an important step in how proteins glue cells together to form healthy tissues, a process that is often disturbed in diseases such as cancer and inflammation....

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Professor Richard Lewis

UQ partners with industry for chronic pain relief

 30 June 2012 The University of Queensland and industry partner Boehringer Ingelheim International have received $1.575 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to investigate chronic pain relief. The three-year projec...

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Dr Joshua Mylne

Sunflower seed drug discovery earns national award

 25 June, 2012 The discovery that a cancer drug is hiding in sunflower seeds has won a UQ plant scientist a national award. Dr Joshua Mylne from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience was awarded the 2012 Peter Goldacre Award b...

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Professor Elizabeth Blackburn with students.

Nobel-winning mother: Students hear how to balance science with life

22 June, 2012 Even the most driven scientists can balance their personal lives with a fascinating and inquisitive career, says Australia's first female Nobel Laureate. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, wh...

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Professor Ben Hankamer

Zealand Pharma and Protagonist Therapeutics Team Up for Peptide Drug Discovery and Development

Zealand Pharma’s expertise in peptide optimisation and drug development combined with Protagonist’s platform for identifying novel peptide drug candidates

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A cane toad. Photo courtesy of John Abramyan

Cannibal tadpoles provide latest weapon in war against cane toads

 13 June 2012 Chemicals used by cane toad tadpoles to seek out and destroy their comrades are being employed by researchers from two Australian universities to help eradicate the species. Professor Rick Shine from the Universi...

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Dr Beattie

IMB congratulates Dr Beattie and Prof Frazer on Queen's Birthday honours

IMB congratulates Dr Peter Beattie, AC and Professor Ian Frazer, AC, FRCPE, FRCPA, FAA, FATSE, FRS on being awarded Australia's highest honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours list: a

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Professor Matt Cooper
A sunflower

Fascination of Plants Day at IMB

To celebrate International Fascination of Plants Day on Friday May 18, UQ has organised two events, both being held at IMB. To view other events happening around Australia, please visit

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Advisory Board to assist in guiding IMB's operations

Advisory Board to assist in guiding IMB's operations

IMB Advisory Board formed to assist in guiding IMB’s operations as a leader in research, commercialisation, philanthropic and engagement activities.

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Professor Matt Cooper
Professor Kirill Alexandrov

Developing new ways to diagnose advanced breast cancer

IMB's 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. ­

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Professor Mark Ragan

Exploring cancer with computers

8 May 2012 Untangling the intricacies of cancer biology using computers can identify treatment targets that wouldn’t otherwise have been considered, according to research by an Australian team. Professor Mark Ragan from UQ&rsqu...

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Former Premier honoured at UQ

Former Premier honoured at UQ

3 September 2010 Former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie discussed the future of biotechnology in his first lecture as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland on Friday September 3. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor ...

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IMB Researchers Receive Prestigious Honour

IMB Researchers Receive Prestigious Honour

Professor Matthew Cooper and Dr Mark Butler have received the prestigious JA Medal for a review the pair authored titled ‘Antibiotics in the Clinical Pipeline in 2011’.

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(l-r)Mr Mario Pennisi, Mr Mark Sowerby, Ms Winna Brown, Professor Robyn Ward AM, The Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, Professor Brandon Wainwright, Dr Peter Welburn.

Life Sciences@UQ Networking

Thank you to all who attended and made Life Sciences@UQ Networking such a success. To view a social media recap of the event, please see our Storify post. To view photos from Life Sciences@UQ Netwo...

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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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Spider secrets decoded in world-first database

Spider secrets decoded in world-first database

 20 November 2009 Queensland scientists have developed a world-first database that catalogues the venom components from hundreds of spiders.  Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development Andrew Fras...

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Professor David Fairlie

A potential new treatment for the leading cause of colon cancer

5 March 2012 A Queensland team has developed an experimental drug that could improve the treatment of the leading causes of colon cancer: inflammatory bowel diseases. Dr Rink-­‐Jan Lohman and Professor David Fairlie of UQ&r...

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Professor Glenn King

UQ collaborates to advance spider venom pain research

16 February 2012 UniQuest, The University of Queensland’s (UQ) main research commercialisation company, announced today that researchers at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have entered into an agreement for a focused fundi...

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Cattle feeding

Industry linkage beefs up livestock nutrition

13 February 2012 University of Queensland (UQ) research into improving livestock feed has received a boost from two Australian government-funded industry engagement schemes. The Consulting and Research Division of UQ's main...

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Professor Richard Lewis is congratulated by NHMRC Chair Professor Michael Good. Image: NHMRC / Marcus Fillinger - Emulsion.

Cone snail painkillers chosen as one of the best

9 February 2012 Cone snails are not an obvious place to look for medicine’s next significant breakthrough, but this is exactly where IMB’s Professor Richard Lewis and his research team have found a promising new treatment for chr...

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A shot from the cell visualisation video

Cell video wins international award

3 February 2012 An IMB researcher has today been announced as one of the winners of an international scientific competition for a video showing the complexity of a pancreatic cell. Dr Brad Marsh and former IMB PhD student Dr Andrew N...

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Attending the Celebration of Giving reception were, from left, UQ Chancellor John Story, Dr Ros Siemon, Amanda Whelan, Andrew Stallman and Jill Stallman.

Donors support UQ's bright future

4 January 2012 More than 240 of The University of Queensland's (UQ) donors and supporters attended the Celebration of Giving reception at the end of last year to show their continued support for the University. The annual e...

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Professor Rob Parton

Research to stop cancer and asthma receives funding

16 December 2011 Cutting-edge research that aims to stop the transformation of healthy cells into cancerous cells and develop treatments for asthma will be funded at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience after an announcement by Health Mini...

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A moth proboscis, imaged by Darren Brown

Science inspires out-of-this-world art

28 November 2011 Microscopes are usually associated with science rather than art, but a new exhibition involving two IMB researchers is demonstrating the beauty that can be found down the lens and in the lab. The Incredible Inner...

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Dr Kelly Smith

Heart development research among projects to score $2.7M in fellowships

16 November 2011 The Australian Research Council has offered over $2.7 million in fellowships to support IMB researchers to investigate heart development, the reproductive system and tiny molecules that could be the key to treating previousl...

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DNA

Researchers develop new method for studying gene activity

14 November 2011 A new method for examining genetic information, published today in the prestigious journal Nature Biotechnology, has allowed researchers to delve further than ever ...

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The Institute for Molecular Bioscience

IMB highly successful in Australian research funding

1 November 2011 Researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience have received $5.62 million from the Australian Research Council in their major annual funding round for projects including investigating chemicals that could lead to ne...

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Professor John Mattick

International team shows how the human brain alters its genetic landscape

31 October 2011 An international team of researchers, including Australians, have discovered a new genetic mechanism behind the extraordinary plasticity of the brain, which underpins our ability to learn, remember and think. The team...

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Professor Mike Waters

IMB receives $13.2 million in medical research funding

17 October 2011 Researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience have received $13.2 million in fellowships and grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate diseases ranging from chronic pain to ...

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Professor Melissa Little

Expert panel announced for health and medical research review

27 September 2011 Two University of Queensland researchers have been chosen as part of an expert panel to conduct an independent review on health and medical research in Australia. Professor Melissa Little, from UQ’s Institute ...

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IMB's winner Dr Mathias Francois

UQ researchers celebrated for excellence in their fields

13 September 2011 A project exploring how to manipulate the development of the lymphatic vascular system to block the spread of cancer cells throughout the body has won a 2011 UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. Dr Mathias Franc...

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Professor Jenny Martin

Researchers shine at Women in Technology Awards

12 September 2011 IMB’s Professor Jenny Martin has been named a leading female scientist, winning the Biotechnology Outstanding Achievement Award at Queensland’s Women in Technology Awards. Professor Martin was recognised...

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of dengue.

Worldwide dengue prevention closer following successful Australian field trials

25 August 2011 Leading scientific journal Nature has today published two papers describing the results of biological control field trials where wild mosquito populations were manipulated to suppress dengue virus transmission.

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Dr Tim Mercer

Genetic map reveals clues to degenerative disease

24 August 2011 An international research team, spearheaded by Dr Tim Mercer of the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, has unlocked the blueprints to the ‘power plants’ of the cell in an effort th...

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Drs Rosamond Siemon (left) and Caroline Hendry at Dr Hendry's graduation.

History boosts future of kidney research

When PhD student Caroline Hendry graduates from The University of Queensland (UQ) today (22 July) after spending three years researching kidney disease, it will be thanks to a generous donation from a historian with an e...

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Mirror reflects Australia-Europe science link

22 June 2011 A new national facility at The University of Queensland will boost Australian research access to the world’s leading life sciences data resource. Professor Richard Larkins, Chairman of EMBL Australia, late yesterd...

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Research collaboration to develop next-generation medicines

28 June 2011 The University of Queensland today announced two of its leading researchers have teamed with the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company to develop new peptide-based medicines for the treatment of major diseases.

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Zebrafish at the IMB

Zebrafish aid in heart gene discovery award

21 June 2011 The discovery of a new gene involved in heart development has snagged an IMB researcher a prize at the Queensland Health and Medical Research Awards. Dr Kelly Smith won the Postdoctoral Researcher Award for identifying t...

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IMB helps UQ lead the nation in ARC funding scheme

1 June 2011 A team from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience led by Professors David Craik and David Fairlie has been awarded $2.45 million over three years for a project to be conducted jointly w...

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$5M for researchers to fight superbugs

23 May 2011 A new treatment for ‘superbugs' could be developed in Australia after a University of Queensland researcher receiv...

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Brisbane Rally for Research on 19 April
Professor David Craik, who was recognised in four categories at the Q-Index Awards

IMB researchers honoured at first Q-Index awards

17 May 2011 Nine IMB researchers were among 52 leading University of Queensland researchers who were honoured on Sunday as leaders in their fields of discovery at the inaugural Q-Index Awards. The Q-Index, launched late last year, pr...

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Professor Brandon Wainwright

IMB welcomes federal budget funding announcement

11 May 2011 IMB's Director, Professor Brandon Wainwright, has applauded the Federal Government's decision to increase funding for medical research in last night's budget. "I welcome the news that the Federal Government has prese...

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IMB Director Professor Brandon Wainwright has joined the heads of other institutes in protesting planned cuts in medical research funding

The future health of Australians under threat

12 April 2011 The directors of Queensland’s leading medical research institutes have joined forces to speak out against significant funding cuts to medical research foreshadowed in the upcoming Federal Budget. The National Heal...

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Dr Joshua Mylne is studying plants to determine if they can be used to grow cancer drugs

Cancer drug found hiding in sunflower seed protein

21 March 2011 IMB scientists have found sunflower proteins and their processing machinery are hijacked to make rogue protein rings in a discovery that could open the door to cheaper, plant-based drug manufacturing. Dr Joshua Mylne, w...

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Professor Alpha Yap

Cell 'glue' opens new pathways to understanding cancer

11 March 2011 Australian researchers have found a novel way in which the proteins that ‘glue’ cells together to form healthy tissues can come unstuck, opening new avenues to understanding how these proteins are disturbed in disea...

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'Junk DNA' research inspires Higher Education Journalist of the Year

3 March 2011 COSMOS journalist Elizabeth Finkel has won the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award for 2011 for an article o...

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An aerial view of The University of Queensland

UQ shines at top of research rankings

1 February 2011 In a spectacular result for University of Queensland researchers, UQ is above world standard in more fields of research than any other Australian university. The Excellence in Research for Australia survey r...

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The Queensland Bioscience Precinct.

IMB open for business after floods

20 January 2011 The Institute for Molecular Bioscience is open for business from today (20/1) following serious flooding throughout Brisbane and South-East Queensland last week. There was no damage to the Queensland Bioscience Precin...

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Professor Paul Alewood

Research infrastructure given half-million dollar boost

01 December 2010 Queensland’s flora and fauna will be explored for useful molecules after scientists in Brisbane and Cairns received a half-million dollar grant from the Australian Research Council. The $550,000 Linkage Infrast...

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Professor Michael Stratton

Evolution of the cancer genome

26 November 2010 A scientist who is leading an international search for cancer-causing genes is the final speaker in The University of Queensland Centenary Oration Series. UK-based cancer research...

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Professor Jenny Stow

Talented health and medical researchers win funding

18 November 2010 University of Queensland researchers have received $8.5 million in fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), a quarter of which went to IMB. The fellowships will support health and me...

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Dr Brett Collins

UQ dominates Future Fellowships

18 November 2010 The future of IMB research is looking bright, with three group leaders awarded prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) fellowships to take their work to the next level. Dr Matt Sweet, Dr Brett Collins and Dr Be...

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Professor Melissa Little

Healthy boost for medical research

12 November 2010 The health industry of the future could involve growing therapeutic drugs in seeds and fighting tumours with scorpion venom, after these and other projects from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) were funded...

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Professor Glenn King with a funnel-web spider

Million-dollar funding for IMB research

28 October 2010 Researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience will be leading projects such as improving pain treatments and developing clean fuels after receiving nearly $3.5 million in funding from the Australian Research Council...

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Dr Ben Hogan

Tiny fish may hold key to cancer and lymphatic disease breakthroughs

28 September 2010  A UQ researcher is using small transparent fish as a weapon in the battle against cancer and lymphatic disease. Dr Ben Hogan from UQ's I...

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Sowing the seeds of male fertility

14 September 2010 Australian scientists have discovered the chemical signals that ensure men produce sperm instead of eggs. Dr Josephine Bowles and Professor Peter Koopman from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience led a te...

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Dr Ryan Taft

IMB researcher nominated for People's Choice Award

23 July 2010 A University of Queensland researcher who sees treasure in ‘junk’ DNA has been nominated for an Australian Museum Eureka Prize People’s Choice Award. Dr Ryan Taft, from UQ’s Institute for Molecula...

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Professor Matt Cooper

Researchers link up to develop dengue test

14 July 2010 University of Queensland researchers will team with Alere Australia to develop a cheap, simple test for diagnosing dengue fever in its early stages. Professor Matt Cooper from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscienc...

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Associate Professor Perkins

'Stem cell detectives' uncover potential cancer cause

8 July 2010 Australian researchers have uncovered a new mutation in stem cells that may be linked to the development of leukaemia, breast and colon cancer. A team led by Dr Peter Papathanasiou from the John Curtin School of Medical R...

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Dr Richard Clark

IMB researchers top state with pain and immune research

7 June 2010 IMB researchers took out two of the four awards on offer at the recent Queensland Health and Medical Research Awards. Dr Richard Clark won Senior Researcher of the Year for his work on developing a medication for chronic ...

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Professor Jenny Martin.

IMB researchers build links with world

18 May 2010 Two researchers from the IMB will collaborate with international experts to overcome obstacles to algal biofuel production and the development of drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant infections. Evan Stephens and Professor...

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Associate Professor Ben Hankamer with micro algae.

Queensland Government boost for clean fuels research

7 May 2010 Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today announced nearly $1.5 million in funding for the development of low-cost, high-productivity microalgal photo-bioreactors. "These clean energy bioreactors are designed for the produc...

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Professor Sean Grimmond with a sequencing machine.

Researchers delve into genetic code of tumours in hunt for cancer therapies

15 April 2010 Australian scientists are playing a vital role in a worldwide search for cancer therapies, described in the top scientific journal Nature. The scientists are part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (...

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Professor Rob Parton

IMB researcher one of highest ranked in nation

11 March 2010 Two University of Queensland researchers have been recognised as being the highest-ranked in the country at the recent National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Awards. Professor Rob Parton from the Institu...

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Mr Tom Dery, ACRF Chair, Professor Brandon Wainwright, IMB Director, Her Excellency Dr Penelope Wensley AO, Governor of Queensland, and Professor Paul Greenfield AO, UQ Vice-Chancellor, at the opening of the ACRF Cancer Biology Imaging Facility.

Advanced cancer research facility opens at UQ

10 February 2010 University of Queensland researchers will have access to some of the world's leading cancer imaging equipment with today's opening of a $2.5 million facility funded by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). ...

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Professor John Mattick

IMB research gets $4.6 million boost

28 January 2010 University of Queensland researchers have been awarded more than $8.6 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding today, including $4.6 million to the IMB. UQ attracted two of only nine NHM...

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Professor Richard Lewis

UQ links up for better research

2 December 2009 Researchers from The University of Queensland will speed up their effort to develop new drugs thanks to the latest round of Federal Government funding. Professor Richard Lewis, from ...

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Professor Jenny Stow
Dr Mylne hopes to use plants to grow pharmaceuticals.

Research award to fund plant-grown drugs

29 September 2009 Cancer drugs may soon grow on trees if a University of Queensland researcher has his way. Dr Josh Mylne from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at UQ was last week presented with a UQ Research Exce...

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Professor Kirill Alexandrov

$6m research boost for IMB

27th October 2009 IMB researchers have received a $6.4 million boost from the Australian Research Council for 11 projects ranging from using genes to predict skin cancer risk to developing a more efficient system to recombine proteins. ...

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Professor Kirill Alexandrov
Professor Jenny Martin

IMB awarded prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship

23 June 2009 An Institute for Molecular Bioscience researcher has received a prestigious new national fellowship to support her research into an alternative to antibiotics. Professor Jenny Martin was one of only 15 Australian Researc...

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Dr Marcel Dinger

UQ looks to the future with smart fellows

5 June 2009 Six scientists from The University of Queensland have received Smart Future Fellowships to help further their research into areas such as disease detection and clean energy. The Queensland ...

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Queensland Government funds UQ cancer fight

Queensland Government funds UQ cancer fight

20 May 2009 University of Queensland (UQ) researchers will use a $5 million grant from the Queensland State Government to unlock the genetic causes of pancreatic and ovarian cancer. The funding was announced overnight by Quee...

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Professor Paul Alewood

Accelerating the discovery of drugs from venoms

8 May 2009 A new method developed to identify and characterise individual molecules in the venom of animals such as the cone snail has the potential to accelerate the discovery of life-saving drugs. A team from The University ...

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Vietnam brings a new research generation to UQ

Vietnam brings a new research generation to UQ

22 April 2009 Five talented Vietnamese researchers, including one from IMB, will share in a $1 million University of Queensland scholarship package for PhDs in UQ's leading research institutes. UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Pa...

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Dr Geoff Faulkner and Ryan Taft.

International team cracks mammalian gene control code

20 April 2009 An international consortium of scientists, including researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), have probed further into the human genome than ever before. They have discovered how genes are controll...

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A/Prof Sean Grimmond with a sequencer

Record funds for UQ cancer fight

26 March 2009 Scientists at The University of Queensland (UQ) will use a record research grant to give new hope to patients with two of Australia's most fatal cancers. The Australian Government has pledged $27.5 million from ...

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Associate Professor Richard Lewis

UQ medical researchers get $22m boost

6 February 2009 The University of Queensland research programs, including one from the IMB, were given a multi-million dollar boost today (6th February 2009). Three UQ research teams will receive almos...

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Australian neuroscientists recognise QBI researcher's early work

Australian neuroscientists recognise QBI researcher's early work

29 January 2009 A University of Queensland neuroscientist and former IMB PhD student has been recognised with a prestigious national research award. The Queensland Brain Institute's Dr Michael Piper has been awarded the A.W. ...

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Professor Rob Parton

UQ researchers win two prestigious Australia Fellowships

28 January 2009 Two University of Queensland scientists, including one from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, have been awarded National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia Fellowships valued at a total of $8 million....

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UQ research discovers how dangerous DNA can cause cell suicide

UQ research discovers how dangerous DNA can cause cell suicide

15 January 2009 DNA can spell danger, and may even drive a cell to suicide, according to new research from Queensland scientists. A team led by Dr Kate Stacey from the Institute for Molecul...

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Genetic blueprint revealed for kidney design and formation

Genetic blueprint revealed for kidney design and formation

11 November 2008 Researchers have generated the first comprehensive genetic blueprint of a developing mammalian organ, shedding light on the genetic and molecular dynamics of kidney formation. Researchers from the

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Australian gene technology launched in U.S.

Australian gene technology launched in U.S.

11 November 2008 A new gene expression analysis platform developed in collaboration between Australian scientists and Invitrogen Corporation to help other researchers understand fundamental aspects of human development has been launch...

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Knocking the Sox off cancer and lymphatic disorders

Knocking the Sox off cancer and lymphatic disorders

20 October 2008 Researchers have identified a gene critical for the development of the lymphatic system in a discovery that will have implications for treatment of cancer and lymphatic disorders and other diseases. The...

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Dr Johanna Barclay

UQ's young researchers receive travel funding

25 September 2008 Two up-and-coming UQ researchers recently had an opportunity to attend a major international science conference in the Northern Hemisphere, thanks to funding from

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Research probes cellular housekeeping

Research probes cellular housekeeping

22 September 2008 A UQ structural biologist is investigating how material coming into and out of the cell is sorted, information which will improve our understanding of diseases such as cancer. ...

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Brain tumour origin identified

Brain tumour origin identified

12 August 2008 Australian and American scientists have identified the origins of the most malignant type of brain tumour in a discovery that could lead to better therapies and improve our understanding of how tumours initiate. ...

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A cane toad. Image courtesy of John Abramyan.

Fear and bacteria: Possible ways of controlling the cane toad

12 June 2008 Scaring cane toads and targeting their bacteria are two control strategies that will be suggested by a Queensland scientist at today's (June 12) Australian Vertebrate Pest Conference in Darwin.

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Dr Norelle Daly

UQ researchers are smart fellows

04 June 2008 University of Queensland researchers working on better cancer drugs, more efficient sewage treatment and vitamin D deficiency will share in $1.8 million of funding in the latest round Smart State I...

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Dr Richard Clark with violets and a cone snail shell

Cone snails and plants used to develop oral drug for pain

15 April 2008 Molecules from cone snail venom and African plants are being used by Queensland researchers as a blueprint to develop an oral drug to treat chronic pain. Professor David Craik and Dr Richard Clark from th...

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Professors Mattick (top) and Koopman.

UQ scientists elected to top national body

26 March 2008 Two University of Queensland researchers have been acknowledged as being among the country's top scientists after being elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Peter Koopman and Pr...

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Gene pioneer to speak at UQ

Gene pioneer to speak at UQ

11 March 2008 A geneticist from a team that recently identified multiple genes that cause intellectual disability in children will give a seminar in Brisbane on Thursday. Associate Professor Jozef Gecz from the Women's...

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People with albinism wanted for survey

People with albinism wanted for survey

5 March 2008 A University of Queensland researcher is seeking volunteers with albinism to complete a survey that will provide the first snapshot of the disease in Australia. Helene Johanson, a PhD student at UQ's Insti...

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Queensland technology licensed by billion-dollar company

Queensland technology licensed by billion-dollar company

11 February 2008 University of Queensland scientists have developed a proprietary technology that will help other researchers in understanding fundamental aspects of growth, development, and disease, which has been licensed to one of ...

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Protein discovery offers hope for prostate cancer

Protein discovery offers hope for prostate cancer

18 January 2008 Australian scientists are researching a possible way of making aggressive prostate cancer cells less invasive after their discovery of a protein ...

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Professors Robert Parton (left) and John Hancock in the IMB's Cryo-electron microscope facility.

IMB health and medical researchers recognised in awards

12 December 2007 Two researchers from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience have been recognised in the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Awards. Pro...

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Professor John Mattick

European honour for Queensland scientist

20 November 2007 A Queensland scientist has been elected as a member of one of the world's most respected scientific organizations, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Professor John Mattick, from the I...

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Premier Anna Bligh and UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay AC at the signing of the $50 million cheque

$50 million funding for IMB

16 November 2007 The University of Queensland has welcomed the signing of a $50 million funding agreement from the Queensland Government for the University's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (...

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A/Prof Ben Hankamer

IMB scientists developing clean energy systems from micro-algae

8 October 2007 An international consortium established by an Australian scientist is developing a clean source of energy t...

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Beating breast cancer

Beating breast cancer

03 October 2007 Women with advanced breast cancer are the targets of a multi-million dollar grant awarded to UQ to develop a new and more accurate technique of determining whether or not cancer has spread through the body.

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Professor Wainwright

Fighting golden staph and regenerating skin share in $17 million of medical research funding

26 September 2007 The Institute for Molecular Bioscience has been awarded almost $17 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council for fellowships and projects including regenera...

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Professor Waters

Growth hormone could promote cancer, according to new research

21 September 2007   Growth hormone and associated proteins could be responsible for promoting many types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer, according to an Australian researcher. Professor Mik...

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Professor David Craik

Superb Supervisors

18 September 2007 The University of Queensland has rewarded three of its academic staff for their outstanding supervision of research higher degree students. The Awards for...

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Professor Stow

Hat trick of awards for IMB smart women

31 August 2007 Professor Jennifer Stow from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has been awarded a ...

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Professor Fairlie

Research points to possible new stroke therapy

21 August 2007 New research from an international team of scientists has identified a possible new therapy for stroke that is likely to be more effective than current treatments. The team found that administering immun...

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Australian research offers hope for children of uncertain sex

Australian research offers hope for children of uncertain sex

19 July 2007 Professor Peter Koopman, from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has received the GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence that offers hope to children born with sexually ambiguous genitalia and ...

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Prestigious award to UQ scientist

Prestigious award to UQ scientist

06 July 2007 A University of Queensland researcher has received a $408 800 grant from the prestigious international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Professor Rob Parton of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience ...

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Using yeast in the fight against viral infection

Using yeast in the fight against viral infection

2 July 2007 A University of Queensland researcher is studying yeast with hopes of finding better ways of preventing viruses. Dr Alan Munn, from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience, said that currently there were no...

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New role for leading QLD stem cell scientist

New role for leading QLD stem cell scientist

19 June 2007 Queensland's capacity to conduct vital health research will be further enhanced with the appointment of a University of Queensland (UQ) researcher to the position of Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Stem Cell Ce...

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UQ researchers honoured with leading fellowships

UQ researchers honoured with leading fellowships

22 May 2007 A scientist who helped discover the gene that determines sex in mammals is one of three University of Queensland researchers who have received one of the highest academic accolades in Australia.

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UQ research gets a smart boost

UQ research gets a smart boost

8 May 2007 Needle-free injections and making electricity from sewage are just two examples of innovative University of Queensland research to receive almost $5 million in funding over the long weekend. ...

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UQ gets in sync with Australian synchrotron

UQ gets in sync with Australian synchrotron

13 April 2007 Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) will be at the forefront of new research possibilities with the signing of an agreement to use the soon-to-be-opened Australian Synchrotron in Vi...

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IMB shares in $9.72m Centres of Excellence funding

IMB shares in $9.72m Centres of Excellence funding

14 March 2007 Two Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres at the IMB have been named as Centres of Excellence, a scheme that recognises exceptional performances with an extension of funding for a further three years. ...

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UQ celebrates Brain Awareness Week

UQ celebrates Brain Awareness Week

12 March 2007 The University of Queensland will this week mark Brain Awareness Week with a free public memorial lecture for a celebrated neuroscientist, and a Brain Bee Challenge for high school students. The

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Professor Glenn King

Researcher returns to fight insects with spider venom

1 March 2007 A researcher who has spent most of the past decade working in the U.S. has returned to Australia to continue working on environmentally-friendly insect control methods based on spider venom compounds. Prof...

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Rick Sturm and eye colour variations

The eyes have it on multiple gene question

20 February 2007 A study by researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Institute of Medical Res...

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Queenslander to run major new international research centre

Queenslander to run major new international research centre

24 January 2007 A Queensland researcher will lead a new world-class research centre being established in Edinburgh, Scotland. After a worldwide search Professor Da...

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Professor Wainwright

Leading cancer researcher is new bioscience boss

12 January 2007 A leading cancer and cystic fibrosis researcher is the new director of an Australian bioscience flagship, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at The University of Queens...

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Sea snail key to future of pain relief

Sea snail key to future of pain relief

11 December 2006 Unique research at The University of Queensland could revolutionise the treatment of pain relief – thanks to a humble sea snail. Dr Jenny Ekberg, a Research Fellow with UQ's School of Biomedical ...

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IMB research strengthened in latest funding

IMB research strengthened in latest funding

16 October 2006 The Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at The University of Queensland received more than $8 million in funding for 18 projects announced in

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Intersex babies and skin cancer risk studies share in $6 million funding at IMB

Intersex babies and skin cancer risk studies share in $6 million funding at IMB

12 October 2006 The genetics behind intersex babies, and improved prediction of skin cancer risk are two of the projects from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) that will receive funding from the latest round of Australian R...

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Mega magnet adds to UQ's research attraction

Mega magnet adds to UQ's research attraction

25 September 2006 One of the world's most powerful magnetic instruments has been officially commissioned at The University of Queensland, helping pave the way for research and development into the next wave of life-saving drugs.

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US$9 million raised for QLD biotech

US$9 million raised for QLD biotech

22 September 2006 A Queensland biotechnology company has raised US$9 million (about AUS$11.9 million) to fund the development of new types of therapeutic drugs. Protago...

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Women scientists recognised

Women scientists recognised

21 September 2006 UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay, AC, congratulated three UQ women who won almost one-third of all Queensland Government Smart Women – Smart State Awards 2006.

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UQ inheritance may change history's course for kidney disease families

UQ inheritance may change history's course for kidney disease families

19 September 2006 An historian who chronicled one of Brisbane's most intriguing families in The Mayne Inheritance will leave a legacy which offers hope for...

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Regenerating hope for liver disease

Regenerating hope for liver disease

15 September 2006 A protein essential in the process of liver regeneration has been identified by a team of scientists, in a discovery that could lead to treatments for serious liver diseases such as hepatitis. The pro...

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UQ researcher rewarded for leadership in science

UQ researcher rewarded for leadership in science

21 August 2006 A researcher who played a major role in the emergence of Brisbane as a centre of biological research has been recognised for his achievements by being awarded the $10,000 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.

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Software speeds up the discovery process worldwide

Software speeds up the discovery process worldwide

15 August 2006 Biomedical and computational scientists at The University of Queensland have combined forces to create a powerful new tool that will greatly increase the amount of data bio-scientists can expect to process in a week.

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Socking it to cancer

Socking it to cancer

02 August 2006 An Australian research team has identified a gene that could be used to stop tumours growing by blocking their blood supply. A study led by Professor Peter Koopman, from the

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UQ gets tremendous boost from State Budget

UQ gets tremendous boost from State Budget

06 June 2006 The University of Queensland (UQ) has welcomed the $60 million in new funding from the Queensland Government pledged in the State Budget today. Most of the funding will go to UQ's Institute for Molecular Bi...

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UQ excels in prestigious Federation Fellowships

UQ excels in prestigious Federation Fellowships

11 May 2006 The quality and depth of research at The University of Queensland (UQ) and the quality of UQ's research environment has been recognised with the award of six prestigious

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Learning the language of DNA

Learning the language of DNA

2 May 2006 An international consortium of scientists, including a team from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), is a step closer to the next generation of treatments to combat disease, after publis...

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IMB student in an Ivy League of her own

IMB student in an Ivy League of her own

19 April 2006 Not many Australian students get to choose the top American Ivy League University at which they will study. But that is exactly what IMB graduate Katey Robinson has been a...

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QLD Government grants IMB over $2.5 million in funding

QLD Government grants IMB over $2.5 million in funding

11 April 2006 The Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at The University of Queensland has been awarded $2.7 million in Smart State grants, Deputy Premier Anna Bligh announced today. Professor Mark Ragan from IMB a...

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One big biology question solved

One big biology question solved

31 March 2006 An Australian research team has solved one of biology's most fundamental questions - why males produce sperm and females produce eggs - in a breakthrough that could lead to improved infertility treatment, cancer therapy ...

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University of Queensland researchers win three Rotary grants

University of Queensland researchers win three Rotary grants

14 March 2006 Life may soon be just a little easier for parents of autistic children thanks to a parenting program being trialed at The University of Queensland (UQ). ...

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Memorial lecture attracts distinguished scientist from Japan

Memorial lecture attracts distinguished scientist from Japan

13 March 2006 The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) will mark International Brain Awareness Week by holding a memorial lecture for a cele...

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UQ staff honoured in 2006 Australia Day awards

UQ staff honoured in 2006 Australia Day awards

26 January 2006 Two senior members of The University of Queensland have been honoured in this year's Australia Day Honours List. Professor Paul Greenfield, Senior Deputy ...

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Changing of the guard as UQ Institute reaches maturity

Changing of the guard as UQ Institute reaches maturity

25 January 2006 Professor Brandon Wainwright has been named Acting Director of The University of Queensland's...

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UQ scientists break new ground in fight against infection & chronic disease

UQ scientists break new ground in fight against infection & chronic disease

24 November 2005 University of Queensland (UQ) researchers are on track to develop new treatments for acute infections, chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. The research could revolutionise treatments for conditions such...

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Lateral thinking produces first map of gene transmission

Lateral thinking produces first map of gene transmission

9 November 2005 A University of Queensland study mapping the evolution of genes has shed light on the role of gene transfer in bacterial diseases. The study, published recently in Proceedings of the National Academ...

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University of Queensland confirmed as leading Australian research institution

University of Queensland confirmed as leading Australian research institution

9 November 2005 The strength and depth of research at The University of Queensland has again been confirmed with the University receiving almost $36 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding announced today. ...

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UQ researcher awarded top international honour

UQ researcher awarded top international honour

6 September 2005 Professor Melissa Little from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has been further recognised for her work after being selected as a 2006 Eisenhower Fellow. The Eisenhower Fellowship is a pre...

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New insights into software of life

New insights into software of life

2 September 2005 A series of discoveries by an international consortium of scientists, including a team from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), will transform our understanding of how our genome w...

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New cancer research facility opens at UQ

New cancer research facility opens at UQ

30 August 2005 A "state-of-the-art" cancer facility funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) was officially opened at The University of Queens...

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Strangling tumours in bid to halt cancer

Strangling tumours in bid to halt cancer

23 August 2005 It may be possible to halt cancer in its tracks by blocking a gene critical to building tumour supply lines, according to new research carried out at The University of Queensland. Researchers at the Inst...

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University of Queensland scientists turn Toad Busters

University of Queensland scientists turn Toad Busters

8 June 2005 One of Queensland's least welcome visitors, the cane toad, has been targeted by Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers using powerful, modern science in an effort to improve control and eradication programs. ...

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IMB scholar wins Brilliance Award

IMB scholar wins Brilliance Award

6 June 2005 University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) student Mr David Bryant won the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation's Brilliance Award for his work to understand how cancer spreads through the body. ...

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Drugs from bugs - new agreement to harness the biodiversity of microbes

Drugs from bugs - new agreement to harness the biodiversity of microbes

1 June 2005 The signing of a collaborative research agreement between UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Australian R&D company Microb...

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Journey to the centre of the cell

Journey to the centre of the cell

10 May 2005 The discovery of a fundamental new route into cells may lead to new methods of drug delivery and to a better understanding of viral infection. Researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Mo...

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Top Award to IMB Researcher

Top Award to IMB Researcher

5 May 2005 The internationally recognised achievements of Associate Professor Jennifer Martin in the fields of structural biology and protein crystallography have been further acknowledged with the awarding of the prestigious Roche Me...

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IMB researchers at

IMB researchers at "Recent advances in stem cell science and therapies"

4 May 2005 An international symposium on stem cells will be held at the Australian Academy of Science on Friday 6 May, as part of its annual Science at the Shine Dome festivities. The symposium will discuss the latest discoveries, pot...

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A new look at genes that cause testicular cancer

A new look at genes that cause testicular cancer

21 April 2005 Testicular cancer in Australia is spreading faster than the cane toad – since 1970, its incidence in Australian blokes has doubled, while rates of other types of cancer have stayed the same. This is ...

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Professor Melissa Little and family at the GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence presentation

Queensland Kidney Researcher Applauded by Nation's Medical Research Community

9 April 2005 Melissa Little, a scientist from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) was presented with the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence tonight...

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UQ gets brain aware with memorial lecture for former IMB scientist

UQ gets brain aware with memorial lecture for former IMB scientist

15 March 2005 To coincide with International Brain Awareness Week, The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Queensland Brain Institute will host the inaugural Toshiya Yamada Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, ...

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Venom drug assisted by State Govt Grant

Venom drug assisted by State Govt Grant

21 February 2005 A venom component from the Taipan, the world's deadliest snake, is being developed by Brisbane biotechnology company ElaCor, as a new drug to treat heart failure. Current treatments for congestive heart...

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IMB Scientists discover the obvious -  big business bureaucracies affect bottom line

IMB Scientists discover the obvious - big business bureaucracies affect bottom line

14 February 2005 Researchers at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience have shown what many people already suspected – that as systems grow they become top heavy with management. Communi...

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World top 10 for Queensland scientist

World top 10 for Queensland scientist

17 December 2004 Research by a UQ scientist has been recognised as one of the top ten discoveries of 2004 by the world-leading journal Science. Institute for Molecular Bioscience's Professor John Mattick's work investi...

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Snakes and ladders - Taipan venom in the fight against heart failure

Snakes and ladders - Taipan venom in the fight against heart failure

29 November 2004 A venom compound from the world's deadliest snake, the Taipan, is being developed by Brisbane biotechnology company ElaCor, as a new drug t...

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UQ researchers win Smart State Fellowships

UQ researchers win Smart State Fellowships

26 November 2004 Groundbreaking University of Queensland research into obesity reduction, computer chip manufacture and the control of crop damaging pests will be significantly advanced through Smart State Fellowships awarded today.

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IMB collaborates with world-renowned genetic expert

IMB collaborates with world-renowned genetic expert

8 November 2004 Researchers from The University of Queensland's IMB will collaborate with Dr Craig Venter, the US scientist who helped crack the human genetic code, during his six-month visit to Queensland as part of his quest to defi...

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Public Forum Biotechnology 2020

Public Forum Biotechnology 2020

5 November 2004 Biotechnology Australia and The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience will host a free public forum discussing the future impact of...

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Nephrogenix awarded Biotechnology Innovation Fund grant

Nephrogenix awarded Biotechnology Innovation Fund grant

4 November 2004 IMB start-up company Nephrogenix today received a $250,000 grant from the Federal Government's Biotechnology Innovation Fund to further its ground-breaking work on renal disease and kidney regeneration. ...

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ANZAC spirit to flourish with biotech agreement

ANZAC spirit to flourish with biotech agreement

28 September 2004 The ANZAC spirit of the Australian and New Zealand biotech industries has been boosted with the arrival of one of New Zealand's premier agricultural scientists at IMBcom, The University of Queensland`s commercialisat...

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Dr Norelle Daly

HIV drug research boosted by UQ Foundation

23 September 2004 A promising lead in developing anti viral drugs with the potential to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) has been boosted by a University of Queensland Foundation Research Excelle...

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Patching up skin burns and skin cancer

Patching up skin burns and skin cancer

21 September 2004 Burns patients could potentially benefit from the latest world-first discovery from the labs of the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). By discovering the link between ...

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Nephrogenix and National Stem Cell Centre Join Forces

Nephrogenix and National Stem Cell Centre Join Forces

2 August 2004 In a bid to offer relief to patients affected by kidney, blood and heart disease, emerging biotechnology company Nephrogenix has signed a collaborative research ag...

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Program Grant Success

Program Grant Success

5 July 2004 IMB scientists researching safer and more effective drugs to treat pain and understanding sexual development disorders will share $11.4 million over five years as part of the latest round of National Health and Medical Res...

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Molecular bioscience reveals its artistic appeal

Molecular bioscience reveals its artistic appeal

'Sweetbox', a delicious image illustrating the pollen from a pigeon pea flower, is just one of the spectacular images born from the research labs of The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). I...

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Eye colour, pigmentation genes and ancestry

Eye colour, pigmentation genes and ancestry

28 June 2004 New research from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) demonstrates that one of the classic examples of genetic inheritance taught in schools is wrong. No longer is it true to say...

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Scientists tackle the decline in male fertility

Scientists tackle the decline in male fertility

11 May 2004 This week, Australian scientists will gather at The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) to discuss the causes of an alarming decline in male fertility in Australia and world...

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IMB scientists discover what could be the instruction manual of life

IMB scientists discover what could be the instruction manual of life

7 May 2004 In a world first, scientists from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have uncovered a new class of genetic elements with the potential to radically alter our notions of ...

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Cancer research boosted in Queensland

Cancer research boosted in Queensland

30 March 2004 The University of Queensland's IMB Institute for Molecular Bioscience is one of just three recipients of the largest research grant ever given by the Australian Cancer Re...

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National honour for Queensland researcher

National honour for Queensland researcher

16 December 2003 Australia's peak scientific body the Australian Academy of Science has awarded a Queensland scientist from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) the prestigious Gottschalk Medal for m...

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Anti-obesity gene flexes its muscle

Anti-obesity gene flexes its muscle

9 December 2003 A critical target in the war against obesity which may lead to improved treatments has been identified in a world first by a research team from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). Obesity is r...

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Boost for Australia's health research

Boost for Australia's health research

12 November 2003 Research into the genetic basis of skin cancer susceptibility at The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) was just one project supported in the latest competitive round ...

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Grant successes boost IMB research

Grant successes boost IMB research

16 October 2003 Determining the structures and functions of new proteins with exciting pharmaceutical and agricultural applications is just one of UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience's (IMB) research projects boos...

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New mining technology to help identify genes

New mining technology to help identify genes

25 September 2003 A researcher at The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is opening new avenues of scientific exploration by using 'database mining' to extract valuable information about how cells work...

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New research centre applying maths to biology

New research centre applying maths to biology

19 August 2003 Understanding how all the information encoded in the human genome actually 'comes to life' was boosted yesterday (19/08/03) when the Federal Government announced almost $4 million funding for the Australian Research Co...

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IMB researcher tops world list

IMB researcher tops world list

11 June 2003   Queensland's reputation as the Smart State has been further enforced with a researcher from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) rating as one of the world's most cited authors.

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New building allows new appointments

New building allows new appointments

Two internationally recognised scientists have migrated north to the University of Queensland (UQ) to further their research exploring Australia's biodiversity and setting up a world class proteomics facility.

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Medication has helped reduce Australian suicide rate

Medication has helped reduce Australian suicide rate

9 May 2003 Access to antidepressant medication has had a significant impact on suicide deaths in Australia a new study has found. Featuring researchers from the University of Queensland's (UQ) Institute for Molecular Bioscien...

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Trans-Tasman team to fight disease

Trans-Tasman team to fight disease

9 April 2003 A new international research collaboration signed today (09/04/03) will have significant implications in the development of therapeutics for human medicine. The agreement between New Zealand biotechnology company...

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Researcher rewarded with Federation Fellowship

Researcher rewarded with Federation Fellowship

20 March 2003 Stepping inside a virtual reality cell to compare diseased and healthy cells could be the result of research by one of Australia's latest Federation Fellows announced recently (20/03/03). The prestigious Federat...

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IMB scientist wins national award

IMB scientist wins national award

A Queensland scientist at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) has been awarded the prestigious 2002 Amersham Biosciences Medal ahead of other distinguished Australian researchers. The IMB's Professor Peter Koopman was awarded the Me...

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Events and seminars

Events and seminars

For a full list of IMB events and seminars, visit http://events.imb.uq.edu.au/seminar_list.php

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Subscribe to IMB's e-newsletter

Subscribe to IMB's e-newsletter

Subscribe to IMB's e-newsletter

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Dr Kate Schroder

Diabetes and sugarcane research at IMB receives a boost

Researchers at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) have received over $3 million from the Queensland Government to combat diseases including type 2 diabetes and to study sugarcane soils to advance environmentally sustainable food and bioenergy production.

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