Funding to help researchers uncover the secrets of COVID-19 immunity

The National Tribune and LabOnline were among media outlets reporting on the announcement that a collaborative research team including the Monash BDI was granted almost $1 million by the Federal Government towards a two-year project to determine how long immunity lasts in people who’ve recovered from COVID-19. The Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) made the grant to the two-year project, run by the University of Queensland (UQ), QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Monash, Mater Research and Queensland Health. “This MRFF funding enables us to ask these critical questions: is high-quality and long-lived B cell memory formed to SARS-COV-2, or is there a heightened risk of reinfection, particularly in people with comorbidities?" the BDI’s Associate Professor Kim Jacobson said. Associate Professor Stephanie Gras said, “We will focus our effort in understanding what parts of the virus are the most important to target for a protective and long-live immune response that will be critical in a vaccine.”