Category Archives: Hendra virus

Spotlight on forensics

ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014

Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.

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Australian Museum Eureka Prizes: Hendra virus vaccine and helicopter ‘floaties’ take out top gongs

ABC News Jake Sturmer 11 September 2014

Australia’s top researchers have gathered in Sydney for the nation’s biggest science awards, with the creators of helicopter “floaties” and a Hendra virus vaccine taking out top gongs.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes celebrate excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.
Among the winners were the CSIRO’s Hendra Virus Research Team, which created the first vaccine and effective human treatment for the deadly virus.

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CSIRO Staff Association says animal health job cuts pose risk to future research

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 14 August 2014

Veterinary scientists say they’re disappointed that the CSIRO will cut eight jobs from its Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong in Victoria, as part of more than $110 million of Budget cuts to the science organisation.
The lab, which employs 250 people, is equipped to handle deadly pathogens that enter the country.

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Hendra virus to basket stars – Eureka Prize finalists announced

The Conversation Penny Orbell 8 august 2014

The CSIRO Hendra Virus Research Team is in the running for the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.

A full list of finalists and interviews with some are included.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

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Chief Health Officer says antibody therapy not a safety net for deadly Hendra virus

Courier Mail Janelle Miles 29 June 2014

SIX people have received an experimental antibody therapy this year after exposure to Hendra virus, prompting health experts to warn against complacency.

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Researchers 1 step closer to countering deadly Nipah virus

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 25 June 2014) An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and three groups within the National Institutes of Health reports a new breakthrough in countering the deadly Nipah virus. The human monoclonal antibody known as m102.4 is the first effective antiviral treatment for Nipah that has the potential for human therapeutic applications.

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