Upcoming Events 

Research Breakfast Series

In the fifth installment of our 2013 Breakfast Series, we will be presenting the latest research in the area of ageing dementia.

Led by Professor Jürgen Götz, researchers at the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CADR) are mapping the changes in the brain that occur in dementia. 

They are hopeful that this research will lead to the development of therapeutic approaches that will not only prevent and delay disease onset but will also reverse cognitive decline.

The seminar, to be presented on 10 October by Professor Götz and Associate Professor Lizzie Coulson, will highlight our current understanding of physiological brain function and how this research is helping to address ageing dementia-related questions.

The final research breakfast for 2013 will shed light on our most recent research into motor neuron disease. Details for the event, to be held in November, will be posted on the QBI website soon.

Like to attend?

For information on upcoming research breakfast talks please contact Mikaeli Costello at mikaeli.costello@uq.edu.au or on (07) 3346 6413.

Recent Events

Beating MND

A student’s passion for the ancient art of slit-drum making has reinvigorated the industry in Papua New Guinea.

The skill and art of making these traditional Papua New Guinean slit-drums, known as garamuts, has been the focus of UQ PhD student Mr Alphonse Aime’s research.

Mr Aime was the recipient of The Peter Goodenough and Wantoks PhD Scholarship in Anthropology established in memory of Mr Peter Goodenough, who had extensive business interests and friends in Papua New Guinea. 

Mr Goodenough sadly lost his life to motor neuron disease in 2004 and left a major bequest to QBI to further invest in research to treat this neurological disorder, some of which was used to support this anthropological scholarship.

To celebrate the success of Mr Aime’s project and QBI’s advances in motor neuron disease research, a ‘beating of the drums’ ceremony was held on 3 June, beginning at the UQ Anthropology Museum and ending at QBI.

The two garamuts were gifted to the UQ Anthropology Museum and QBI, where one of each is now housed, by the people from a village in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. (Image above).

The Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty returned to his alma mater, UQ, on 18 June to highlight the importance of philanthropy to guests at the annual Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture. 

Hosted at QBI, Professor Doherty shared insights into his work with immunity and killer viruses, and the invaluable role philanthropy plays in funding the research that leads to the development of drugs to combat infection.

“Philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provide massive resources to combat infections – malaria, tuberculosis, HIV – that are prominent in the developing world,” he said. 

“When it comes to basic research on immunity, cancer, degenerative neurological diseases and so forth, tax dollar-supported research is vital, but it is never enough,” he said. 

“Philanthropy allows a flexibility that federal or state granting mechanisms can never allow.” 

Professor Doherty is one of only 11 Australian Nobel Laureates, and received the award in 1996 for the discovery of how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells. 

He was named the 1997 Australian of the Year and in 2007 he was declared a member of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures. 

Save the Date

Annual Merson Lecture, 7 November 2013

Guest speaker – Professor Gordon Fishell, NYU School of Medicine.
Full details available on www.qbi.uq.edu.au soon.