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A message from our director,
Professor Anthony Kelleher
 

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I am delighted to present our first newsletter for 2019; and my first as the new director of the Kirby Institute. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who have sent well wishes and messages of congratulations since the announcement of my appointment in January. I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback, and draw inspiration from your support. I look forward to the opportunity to connect with you all.

Of course, the late David Cooper has left immense shoes to fill, and I pay tribute to him as we enter this new phase of the Kirby Institute. He set us on our path, and his ability to delegate appropriately and light-touch guidance developed a culture of leadership and confidence that has resulted in a resilient, ambitious and vibrant Institute. We continue to carry out our work as a team of driven researchers, constantly striving to improve population health.

In this first newsletter of the year, we are pleased to share the recent visit of Associate Professor Mark Polizzotto and his team to Conakry, Guinea, to prepare to open a new site in the D²EFT network. D²EFT is an international randomised trial of simplified HIV second-line therapy, and this visit was significant as it will be the first randomised trial to ever take place in the Guinean health system.

We also opened applications for the Cooper HIV/AIDS Research Training (CHART) Program, established in David's name with the mission of training the next generation of researchers in the Asia-Pacific region. It is aimed at health workers with an interest in HIV-related research. The Program will allow them to acquire research skills and knowledge working with some of the Kirby Institute's globally-renowned researchers, to address health challenges in their countries. We look forward to welcoming nine CHART participants to the Kirby Institute this year.

These past months have seen some of our researchers earn high level recognition of our institutions. John Kaldor and Rebecca Guy were successful in the latest round of NHMRC Project Grants. Gail Matthews was named a UNSW Scientia Fellow. Louise Causer was awarded the Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship at the NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards. And a number of our colleagues received academic promotions at the end of 2018; Greg Dore was promoted to Scientia Professor, Jason Grebely and Andrew Vallely were promoted to Professors, and Mark Polizzotto and Angela Kelly-Hanku were promoted to Associate Professors. This is indicative of the growing strength of our Institute, and the robust position we are in to continue to carry out and grow our work into the future.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Kin.

Sincerely,

Anthony Kelleher, Director of the Kirby Institute

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Research Highlights
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Applications open for the Cooper HIV/AIDS Research Training (CHART) Program 
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Kirby team supports first randomised controlled trial done in Guinea 
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Global Biosecurity journal launched by UNSW Sydney, led by the Kirby Institute's Professor Raina MacIntyre Read More
Kirby research bolstered by bequest from one of Sydney's trailblazing drag queens 
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News and Events
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Announcing our new director, Professor Anthony Kelleher

Professor Kelleher has worked with the Kirby Institute since 2001, and has been head of the Immunovirology and Pathogenesis Program since 2005. 

He is a clinician scientist who has been at the forefront of infectious disease research, in Australia and globally, for more than 30 years. 

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Dr Louise Causer awarded Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship at the NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards 

The award recognises Dr Causer as the top-ranked successful NHMRC Early Career Fellowship recipient in 2018.

Congratulations Dr Causer!

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Professor Raina MacIntyre among leading university leaders and researchers at the Times Higher Education Summit 2019

The Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit: Asia Pacific at UNSW Sydney challenged university leaders and researchers to better showcase how they are tackling the world’s major challenges.

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Associate Professor Gail Matthews named UNSW Scientia Fellow for 2019

The UNSW Scientia Fellowship program is part of the University’s global drive to recruit the best researchers in the world and helps to build the University's research capacity. Associate Professor Matthews is a clinical academic in our Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, and her work primarily focuses on viral hepatitis and HIV coinfection.

Congratulations Associate Professor Matthews on this outstanding achievement!

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Our Patron, Michael Kirby, weds lifelong partner Johan van Vloten

Congratulations to our Patron, Hon Michael Kirby, on his wedding to his partner Johan van Vloten in February, on the 50th Anniversary of their meeting. 

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Media
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Treating HCV in addiction patients receiving opioid substitution therapy
(10 Jan, MD Magazine)

Backyard biological warfare: Police, ASIO urged to rethink biological attack strategies
(19 Jan, Daily Telegraph)

The long road to zero: Thailand strives to eliminate HIV infection (25 Jan, Phnom Penh Post)

Michael Kirby marries partner Johan van Vloten on 50th anniversary of first meeting 
(12 Feb, ABC Online)

Australian judge marries his partner 50 years after they first met (12 Feb, Gay Star News)

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Potential bioterrorist use of smallpox should put world on notice, experts say
(19 Feb, Homeland Preparedness News)

Are we ready for pandemics and antibiotic resistance?  (20 Feb, ABC RN)

New director at the Kirby Institute
(26 Feb, MJA Online)

London HIV Patient's Remission Spurs Hope for Curing AIDS (5 Mar, Bloomberg)

AIDS cure hope as sustained HIV remission is observed in second man from London
(5 Mar, news.com.au)

Cure for HIV? Second man cleared of the deadly virus (5 Mar, Face2Face Africa)
 

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