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Fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration

Led by Infection, Immunity and Cancer (IIC) researchers Professor Alyssa Barry and Professor Eugene Athan, CIIDIR will foster cross-disciplinary collaboration to conduct innovative, locally relevant and internationally important research. This work will enhance the prevention, control and treatment of some of our most challenging infectious diseases like staphylococcal infections, COVID-19 and Buruli ulcer and immune-mediated diseases such as food allergies, asthma and childhood-onset diabetes).

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Research Pillars

Molecular Microbiology

Fundamental research on host-pathogen and medical device interactions to uncover biological pathways that are critical for infection and inflammation.

Immunity and Inflammation

Basic and translational research on immunity and inflammation, and microbial diversity (pathogens and microbiome) to inform vaccine and biomarker development and therapeutic interventions.

Population Health and Biology

Epidemiology and surveillance to understand patterns of disease and disease transmission in human populations, and development of innovative approaches for surveillance.

Clinical and Public Health Research

Clinical studies of infectious disease and immune disorders. Including implementation and operational research on public health interventions.

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CIIDIR Senior Research Fellow @SominskyLuba had a captive audience for her talk celebrating her Robert Ader New Investigator Award win! 🎉🥳

New study selects an M. ulceran strain (bacteria that causes Buruli ulcer) suitable for controlled human infection model to test new treatments and vaccines. Learn more 👉 https://www.doherty.edu.au/news-events/news/buruli-ulcer-bacterium-selected-for-controlled-human-infection-model
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Today is #WorldMSDay! Join us as we stand in solidarity with the global MS community. 🌎 Together we are advocating for early and accurate diagnosis for everyone living with MS. Support the #MyMSDiagnosis campaign today: https://worldmsday.org/take-action/

Daptomycin is an essential tool for combating infections with S. aureus. What contributes to high-level daptomycin resistance? Research in @mSphereJ points to a lipid biosynthesis gene, pgsA, which influences membrane fluidity & cell wall thickness. https://asm.social/1Tl

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Latest News & Events

Robert Ader New Investigator Award winner

Congratulations to the Robert Ader New Investigator Award winner, CIIDIR’s Senior Research Fellow, Dr Luba Sominsky.   What is the Robert Ader New Investigator Award? In honour of Dr. Robert Ader, a pioneer in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) presents the Robert Ader New Investigator Award. This prestigious award is presented

Day of Immunology Public Lecture

  The International Day of Immunology, observed annually on April 29, is dedicated to increasing global awareness of the importance of immunology for health and wellbeing. Established in 2005 by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS), the success of Day of Immunology led to it being celebrated worldwide since 2007. Australian and New Zealand Society

Future Science Talks – Comedy Edition

  Please come join me at Future Science Talks: Comedy Edition, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.   I will be giving a 10-minute talk at Science Gallery Melbourne that’s 80% science and 20% humour.   The ticket link is here, and there are early-bird discounts!   Looking forward to seeing you at

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