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Immune cells – learning from experience

Immune cells – learning from experience

Immunologists have shown that our immune cells can learn on the job. Even better, some cells remember what they have learnt, and can apply it in response to future challenges. CBTID researcher Dr Andreas Kupz, is a co-author of the paper, ‘Set Theory for Immune Cells’, published as the cover story of the first 2015 edition of the journal Immunity.

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CBTID researcher presents at Keystone Conference

CBTID researcher presents at Keystone Conference

Dr Andreas Kupz won an Australasian Society for Immunology International Travel Award to attend the Keystone Symposia on “Host Response in Tuberculosis”

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Grant congratulations to CBTID researchers

Alanna Sorenson and colleagues and Leigh Owens and colleagues have won Seed Funding through CBTID for their research.

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Philippa Sharman wins Dean's Award for PhD thesis

Philippa Sharman wins Dean's Award for PhD thesis

CBTID research student Philippa Sharman became the first PhD student from the QTHA Research Laboratory in Cairns to receive a PhD from JCU (in March, 2014).

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Mosquitoes: From foe to friend in the fight aganist dengue fever

Mosquitoes: From foe to friend in the fight aganist dengue fever

TEDxJCUCairns occurred on 3rd October 2014 and featured CBTID researcher Professor Scott Ritchie talking about mosquito traps.

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Celebrating Vector Biology at JCU

On September 23, VecNet and CBTID co-hosted a “Celebration of JCU’s research achievements in vector borne disease”, chaired by Professor Ian Wronski, with presentations by Professor Tom Burkot, Director of VecNet, Associate Professor Patricia Graves, Director of The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Lymphatic Filariasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Professor Scott Ritchie, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.

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CBTID Researcher Mic Smout wins FameLab 2014

CBTID Researcher Mic Smout wins FameLab 2014

Dr Michael Smout, a parasitologist working within the Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases at JCU, has won Australia’s first FameLab competition. FameLab presents scientists with the challenge of giving an entertaining and informative account of their research in just three minutes.

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Dr Alexandra Roberts awarded a Queensland State Government Accelerate Fellowship

Dr Alexandra Roberts awarded a Queensland State Government Accelerate Fellowship

Dr Alexandra Roberts has a race against time to save two Queensland frog species from extinction and will use her fellowship funding to work on fungal disease in frogs.

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Centre Retreat boosts research collaborations

Centre Retreat boosts research collaborations

The major highlight for CBTID in 2014 was our Annual Research Retreat, held on Fitzroy Island in June, in conjunction with the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (CBMDT).

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Rob Walker of the CBTID wins Swiss Government Scholarship

Rob Walker of the CBTID wins Swiss Government Scholarship

CBTID researcher Dr Rob Walker has won a 12 month Swiss Government Scholarship to pursue postdoctoral research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

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CBTID Researcher wins a 2013 Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

CBTID Researcher wins a 2013 Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

Professor Scott Ritchie of the Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases is part of a team that has won the 2013 Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.

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Cinzia Cantacessi, CBTID Researcher, wins Frank Fenner Fellowship

Cinzia Cantacessi, CBTID Researcher, wins Frank Fenner Fellowship

Dr Cinzia Cantacessi a researcher within the Centre for Biosecurity and Tropical Infectious Diseases at James Cook University, Cairns, has been awarded the Frank Fenner Early Career (ECR) Fellowship for research excellence in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) ECR scheme.

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Parasite invasion uncovered on path to a vaccine

Parasite invasion uncovered on path to a vaccine

On World Health Day, 7th April 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advocating for food safety. They want everyone to question: What is in your meal? Where did the ingredients come from? Were they properly - and safely - handled from every stage, from farm to plate? The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii is one of the commonest food-borne diseases requiring hospitalisation and one of the deadliest. Professor Nick Smith and Dr Robert Walker, from CBTID at James Cook University, have published two papers that are critical for their vaccine development work for this common parasite.

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