Immunology and Infection
How our ‘avian athletes’ could spread influenza
New research including University of Melbourne shows migratory birds are exposed to a pathogenic strain of bird flu before they arrive on Australian shores.
Viruses on the wing
The University of Melbourne's Dr Michelle Wille studies wild ducks and shorebirds to understand how they spread viruses across the globe, including influenza.
Our ‘killer’ cells’ role in life-long flu vaccine
Killer immune cells that can fight all strains of flu virus provide the potential for a universal, one-shot flu vaccine, University of Melbourne research shows
Defining a pathogen
This episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast brings together two world-leaders in microbiology and immunology.
The science behind Victoria’s “flesh-eating bacteria”
As the Buruli ulcer cases linked to Mycobacterium ulcerans rises in Victoria, a University of Melbourne expert looks at the science behind the spread.
Stopping the flu before it takes hold
University of Melbourne researchers find a way to prime the innate immune system to potentially head off respiratory infections, like flu, before we get sick.
Armour against malaria
Efforts to develop a malaria vaccine have been boosted by the discovery that we can trap parasite-killing immune cells in the liver to stop malaria cold.
Outsmarting Zika and Dengue Fever
Researchers win an insurance policy by developing a second strain of bacteria to help fight against mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and Dengue Fever.
Tackling climate is a matter of life or death
Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty shares his thoughts on the biggest threats facing human health, climate change fatigue and hope for the next generation.
Targeting dormant cancer cells
Researchers discover key to stem cell behaviour that causes the spread of bowel cancer, leading to new therapies that will target dormant cancer.