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L-R: Dr Klaudia Budzyn and Dr Ari Pinar.

Capping off 2018 education successes

2018 ended on a high note for the Monash BDI's education team. After the success of their busy schedule of events, programs and awards, the year concluded impressively with a number of achievements.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 19 February, 2019
Monash BDI's Professor Anthony Purcell.

Identification of shared regions of flu viruses provide the solution to an elusive universal vaccine

Monash BDI's Professor Tony Purcell has teamed up with researchers at the Doherty Institute to identify immune cells that can fight all influenza viruses – A, B and C – creating the potential for the development of a world-first

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 19 February, 2019
Dr Sebastian Scheer and Professor Colby Zaph.

Chemical biology toolbox proves handy in epigenetic exploration

Scientists from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), along with collaborators from the University of Toronto, have revealed a previously unknown use for an anti-cancer therapeutic in the immune system.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 14 February, 2019
PhD students Yan Wang and Tara Scott.

Hypertension awards for PhD students

Two PhD students from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s (BDI) Department of Pharmacology  were honoured at the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) meeting late last year.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 13 February, 2019
Monash BDI's Dr Thierry Izoré.

‘Hot bug’ study attracts research grant

Thermobifida fusca,a member of the bacteria family, thrives in temperatures of around 55 degrees Celsius and is commonly found in rotting organic material, such as compost or piles of manure.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 13 February, 2019
MMI's Dr Juan Nunez-Iglesias.

Monash scientist’s imaging software work earns new fellowship

An unconventional funding scheme co-launched by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has homed in on a Monash University scientist and offered to fund his work on imaging software that aids biomedical researchers worldwide.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 12 February, 2019
Fat cells sitting adjacent to prostate cancer cells in a human prostate, providing a direct supply of fatty acids for the cancer to grow.

Researchers reveal prostate tumours 'fed' by fatty acids

Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) Deputy Director of Cancer Program Renea Taylor and University of Melbourne Physiology Department Head Matthew Watt co-led a research program investigating cancer metabolism, looking for fuel sources

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 7 February, 2019
The image demonstrates how antibodies (Y shaped) that are specific for particular CMV viral strains (antibodies are the same colour as the viruses) are able to stop them from reactivating. If the virus and the antibodies don’t match up, the virus

Major breakthrough in controlling virus which causes infection in bone marrow and organ transplant patients

Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti has recently joined the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute from the Lion’s Eye Institute (LEI). Her paper train-specific antibody therapy prevents cytomegalovirus reactivation after transplantation was

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 6 February, 2019
Professor Anthony Purcell and Dr Nathan Croft from the Monash BDI.

New discovery helps researchers better understand the immune system

A team of researchers have answered one of the most long-standing questions about how the immune system fights viruses and the discovery could help improve vaccine design.

Biomedicine Discovery Institute 5 February, 2019