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IMB scientists are exploring the information contained in the genes and proteins of humans, mammals and plants.
By understanding how genes and proteins function normally, scientists hope to unravel the processes causing disease states and use this information to derive new drug treatments. They are also developing a range of industrial products using information from molecules, including biofuels from algae and insecticides from spider venom.
For information on diseases and other areas of IMB research, please see below. For more information on the research of individual laboratories, please visit the Research Group Leaders page under the 'On this Site' to the right.
Disease - Many IMB researchers study specific diseases in order to discover more about how they are triggered and progress at the molecular level. These diseases include:
- Chronic pain
- Golden staph
- Kidney disease
Pharmaceuticals - Some IMB researchers turn their efforts to designing and developing improved drugs and diagnostics for disease.
Processes - Other researchers do not study specific diseases, instead they concentrate on examining the development and function of systems within the body, in order to improve our understanding of these vitally important processes, which include:
- Embryo development
- Endosomal system
Other areas of study - Although IMB research mostly falls within the medical field, there are labs whose research takes them beyond into other areas of endeavour. These include:
- Tools for scientists
- Clean energy
- Pest animal control
Further information to assist in developing links with IMB and UQ can be found at UQ's Advancement Office.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I donate money to the IMB?
Donations to the IMB are handled through The University of Queensland's Advancement Office. You can download a bequest form to leave money to the IMB in your will. The University’s Bequest Manager can work with you or your legal advisor to develop an appropriate customised clause that will ensure your intentions are met. Contact the University’s Bequest Manager by telephone +61 7 3346 3904, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also make a gift now using the pledge form. To donate online, please click here. In all cases, please specify the Institute for Molecular Bioscience as the recipient of your donation, or the specific laboratory or research project to which you wish to donate. If you have any questions, please contact IMB Advancement on 07 3346 2185 or email@example.com.
I have one of the diseases that IMB is researching. Can I take part in your research?
IMB is a basic research institute and we are not currently conducting clinical trials. If you wish to participate in clinical trials, then the best person to speak to is your doctor. IMB also does not accept bodies for medical research. However, if you wish to donate your body, you can do so through the School of Biomedical Sciences. Please click here to find out more.
I'd like to find out more about cancer.
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation has a wealth of information about cancer on their website. You can visit it by going to http://www.acrf.com.au/
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