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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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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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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Premier announces Queensland drug development centre

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

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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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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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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 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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IMB Centre for Superbugs Official Launch

IMB Centre for Superbugs Official Launch

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) Centre for Superbug Solutions.

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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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