Program aims:

Multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant (MDR) malaria pose major public health challenges, threatening health security across the Asia-Pacific region. Our team has a proven 20-year record of strengthening research collaboration in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea and in facilitating implementation of research findings into policy and practice.  We will work with partners from our regional networks to increase the research capacity and expertise of our partners, developing and testing health systems strategies to prevent and contain multidrug-resistant malaria and TB, and strengthening the capacity of health systems.

This will expand our system strengthening activities, and regional collaborations established with the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative (TDRRCI). We will build upon our existing capacity development, to scale up new health interventions that address health security and achieve policy transfer, driven by systems-oriented implementation research

  • improving service delivery for the prevention and treatment of infection
  • implementing new approaches to tuberculosis case detection and prevention, particularly multi-drug resistant strains
  • molecular surveillance for monitoring the emergence and spread of MDR organisms at sentinel sites, so that healthcare resources can be prioritised for high risk populations
  • The team will support and upskill local researchers to address both diseases
Chief Investigator:
Co-investigators
Associate Investigators
  • Doctor Sarah Auburn- Menzies School of Health Research
  • Doctor Geoff Chan - Burnet Institute 
  • Associate Professor Christopher Coulter - Queensland Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory
  • Doctor Paison Dakulala - National Department of Health, Papua New Guinea
  • Angela Devine – University of Oxford, UK
  • Associate Professor Freya Fowkes - University of Melbourne, Monash University
  • Doctor Enny Kenangalem - Papuan Community Health and Development Foundation, Indonesia
  • Doctor Trisasi Lestari - Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  • Professor Koen Peeters - Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Doctor Leanne Robinson – Burnet Institute
Program Manager:
Program Dates: 
  • July 2018 - June 2021
  1. Media Release | Malaria researcher awarded national fellowship

    Media Release | Malaria researcher awarded national fellowship

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    Menzies School of Health (Menzies) researcher Dr Kamala Thriemer has been awarded a prestigious $1.25 million CSL Centenary Fellowship to develop and optimise treatment programs against vivax malaria in SE Asia and the Horn of Africa.

  2. Media Release | $2.5 million CSL Centenary Fellowships announced

    Media Release | $2.5 million CSL Centenary Fellowships announced

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    Two Australian scientists have each been awarded AUD$1.25 million CSL Centenary Fellowships over five years to improve treatments for two of the world’s biggest health challenges: malaria and cancer.

  3. Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

    Management of Tuberculosis: a guide for clinicians

    Date

    The TB Forum has published "Management of Tuberculosis", edited and composed by many of the TB-CRE's key investigators. Including Menzies Associate Professor Anna Ralph

  4. How we can end TB by 2030

    How we can end TB by 2030

    Date

    A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.

  5. Tuberculosis services in PNG in the journal Public Health Action.

    Tuberculosis services in PNG in the journal Public Health Action.

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    A major output from the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaborative Initiative between Menzies School of Health Research and the Burnet Institute was launched last week at the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Annual Medical Symposium in Port Moresby. A series of papers have been published by PNG health workers who provide tuberculosis services in PNG in a special supplement in the journal Public Health Action.

  6. Supporting TB health systems

    Supporting TB health systems

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    This research was conducted as part of several initiatives led by a Menzies-Burnet regional consortium in partnership with institutions in Indonesia and PNG.

  7. New Research Pinpoints Faster Treatment to Cure Vivax Malaria

    New Research Pinpoints Faster Treatment to Cure Vivax Malaria

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    A new research study has shown that a seven-day treatment with a high dose of an anti-malaria drug can be tolerated by patients

  8. New study shows faster way to cure vivax malaria

    New study shows faster way to cure vivax malaria

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    A large clinical trial in Africa and Asia has shown that a 7 day course of high dose primaquine, a drug used to treat P. vivax malaria, is well tolerated.

  9. 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research | Final Report

    7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research | Final Report

    Date

    MESA Correspondents bring you cutting-edge coverage from the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research (ICPVR 2019).

  10. An urgent need for antimicrobial stewardship in Indigenous rural and remote primary health care

    An urgent need for antimicrobial stewardship in Indigenous rural and remote primary health care

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    The Coordinated Remote AntiMicrobial Stewardship (CRAMS) Group is funded by HOT North (Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North).

  11. Coverage from the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research

    Coverage from the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research

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    Wrapping up the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research, day three focused on the topics of P. vivax drugs and approaches for P. vivax elimination.

  12. MediaNewsroomCDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

    MediaNewsroomCDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria CDU, Menzies researcher leads battle against malaria

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    Blood platelets, neutrophils and the spleen have novel roles in people with malaria, according to new research from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Menzies School of Health Research.

  13. 50 Top Biomedical And Health Scientists Join Prestigious Academy Of Medical Sciences Fellowship

    50 Top Biomedical And Health Scientists Join Prestigious Academy Of Medical Sciences Fellowship

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    Prof Ric Price recognised by The Academy of Medical Sciences as one of 50 of the UK’s leading figures elected to their esteemed Fellowship.

  14. 50 top biomedical and health scientists join prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

    50 top biomedical and health scientists join prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

    Date

    Professor Richard Price , Professor of Global Health and Senior Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, and Professor of Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford

  15. Asia–Pacific research partnerships set to tackle big challenges

    Asia–Pacific research partnerships set to tackle big challenges

    Date

    The largest grant, of $257,767, goes to the Menzies School of Health Research for a project with collaborators in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

  16. SMH | Commonwealth regional research grants key to 'science diplomacy'

    SMH | Commonwealth regional research grants key to 'science diplomacy'

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    Among the other projects funded are the Menzies School of Health Research partnering with Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal to develop malaria treatments.

  17. Funding spotlight on eliminating malaria in Vietnam

    Funding spotlight on eliminating malaria in Vietnam

    Date

  18. PNG-Aust researchers to combine under new grant program

    PNG-Aust researchers to combine under new grant program

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    Australian and Papua New Guinean research groups will work in partnership to address malaria, tuberculosis and other health security threats, under a new grants program funded by the Australian government.

  19. Improving P. vivax malaria treatment

    Improving P. vivax malaria treatment

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    A study, led by a team at Menzies School of Health Research in Australia, has assembled individual patient data from clinical trials conducted since 2000, investigating the effect of chloroquine dosing, combined with the partner drug primaquine, and the risk of recurrent malaria across different settings.

  20. NT News | Malaria breakthrough for NT

    NT News | Malaria breakthrough for NT

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    NT News page 7 - 21 July 2018 | Report on The Lancet Infectious Diseases P.vivax paper.

  21. Xinhua News | "Radical cure" best treatment for common malaria: study

    Xinhua News | "Radical cure" best treatment for common malaria: study

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    (Xinhua) -- Researchers have discovered that a "radical cure" is the best treatment for a type of malaria affecting 13 million people.

  22. New evidence supports radical treatment of  widespread form of malaria

    New evidence supports radical treatment of widespread form of malaria

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    A team of malaria experts from a large international research collaboration has today published results supporting the need for a radical cure strategy to tackle one of the most debilitating forms of malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax parasite.

  23. Stronger Systems for Health Security Applied Research Grants

    Stronger Systems for Health Security Applied Research Grants

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  24. Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

    Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific

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    Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.