Our research themes

We are world-leaders in coordinating the best responses to infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses. From the lab to the streets, our research has led to major breakthroughs in the quest to invent practical and meaningful solutions to defeat epidemics. But considerable challenges remain.

Infectious diseases impact diverse and often vulnerable populations. The realities of poverty, stigma and discrimination necessitate that work presents scientific, rigorous and evidence-based research to challenge the status quo and to ensure that the basic human right to good health is experienced by all.

The scope of our research encompasses a broad range of established, new and emerging infections. You can explore these below: 

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system. Without treatment, HIV causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS...
Despite significant improvements in treatment and prevention, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) remain a public health challenge in Australia...
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, which is often caused by viruses. Our work at the Kirby Institute has a particular focus on hepatitis...
Public health surveillance is the systematic collection of health data for analysis and interpretation. It is essential to inform health planning,...
Our strong track record in the response to infectious diseases and blood-borne viruses has led to the expansion of our research scope to include a...

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