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
- Professor Stephen Graham - University of Melbourne
- Associate Professor Anna Ralph - Menzies School of Health Research
- Doctor Jeanne Poespoprodjo - Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Doctor Evelyn Lavu - National Department of Health Papua New Guinea
- Doctor Philipp DuCros - Burnet Institute
- Professor Nicholas Anstey - Menzies School of Health Research
- Doctor Christopher Morgan - Burnet Institute
- Doctor Suman Majumdar - Burnet Institute
- Doctor Rintis Noviyanti – Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology, Indonesia
- 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
- July 2018 - June 2021
- Burnet Institute
- University of Melbourne
- Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
- National Department of Health, Papua New Guinea
- Central Public Health Lab, PNG
- Western Province Health Office, PNG
- Papuan Health and Community Development Foundation
- Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology, Jakarta
- Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
- Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
- Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network
- WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network
Five researchers based at Menzies have received recognition in the form of Investigator Grants from the NHMRC and the MRFF.
In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.
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.
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.
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
A regional research collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research has been highly productive in building capacity in PNG and Indonesia,.
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.
This research was conducted as part of several initiatives led by a Menzies-Burnet regional consortium in partnership with institutions in Indonesia and PNG.
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
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.
MESA Correspondents bring you cutting-edge coverage from the 7th International Conference on Plasmodium vivax Research (ICPVR 2019).
The Coordinated Remote AntiMicrobial Stewardship (CRAMS) Group is funded by HOT North (Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North).
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Among the other projects funded are the Menzies School of Health Research partnering with Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal to develop malaria treatments.
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.
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.
NT News page 7 - 21 July 2018 | Report on The Lancet Infectious Diseases P.vivax paper.
(Xinhua) -- Researchers have discovered that a "radical cure" is the best treatment for a type of malaria affecting 13 million people.
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.
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.