Members of the public will have the chance to see inside a world-leading medical research laboratory when QIMR Berghofer opens its doors for Brisbane Open House this Sunday.
The Institute will offer guided tours of the facility, including a visit to one of four state-of-the-art research laboratories.
QIMR Berghofer’s Director and CEO, Professor Frank Gannon, said it was an opportunity for some of Queensland’s leading scientists to share their research into some of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases.
“Step inside our architect-designed, 15-storey building ‘QIMR Berghofer Central’ and take a look across Brisbane from above as you hear about the Institute’s 73-year history, its buildings and its research,” Professor Gannon said.
“You’ll also have a chance to visit a state-of-the-art laboratory and find out how scientists are using technology to combat cancer, malaria and mental health conditions.
“Our purpose-built insectary is the largest in the southern hemisphere and houses many species of mosquito. Take a look inside and hear what we’re doing to try to stop the spread of diseases like dengue fever.
“While you wait for the next tour, take a close-up look at the world’s deadliest animal and see what breast cancer looks like under the microscope.
“We’ll have plenty of activities on offer to help inspire the next generation of scientists. Bring your children to the kids’ corner where they can see the effects of sunlight, dress up like a scientist, practice pipetting like a pro and learn how our fingerprints make us unique.
“If you need a break, take a seat in our air-conditioned auditorium and learn about how QIMR Berghofer is conducting one of the world’s biggest studies of Vitamin D supplementation.
“Over the last 73 years, QIMR Berghofer has established itself as a world-leading research Institute. It is our great pleasure to welcome the public to hear about everything we’re doing to save and prolong lives.”
The Institute will be open from 10am until 3pm. Tours will leave every 15 minutes between 10:15am and 2pm. Closed-in shoes must be worn inside the laboratories and children must be supervised at all times.