Online Lecture Series

QIMR Berghofer’s High School Education Program is proud to provide online resources to support students and teachers.

Watch talks from 12 of the Institute’s top scientists who will discuss their research into Genetics, Infectious Diseases and Psychology. These subjects align closely with the Queensland school syllabus. Even if you are not a high school student, we think you will find these talks interesting as our scientists share the latest research in their fields, including into COVID-19.

In this lecture series you will hear our researchers discuss their efforts to find new treatments for cancer and mental health disorders, and how we’re combining genetics and nanomedicine for new treatments.

  • Mr John Pearson – How are butterflies like cancer?
  • Associate Professor Tracy O’Mara – Finding new cancer drugs using genetics
  • Professor Greg Anderson – Nanomedicine: New technologies to treat old diseases
  • Professor Eske Derks – From genetics to more effective treatments for mental health disorders

QIMR Berghofer is a global leader in infectious disease research. Hear our researchers discuss their work into the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease), along with diseases such as malaria and parasitic infections.

  • Professor Sudha Rao – Drug innovation in the race for COVID-19 therapies
  • Dr Catherine Gordon – How to eat fried worms
  • Professor Christian Engwerda – Why is it so hard to make a malaria vaccine?
  • Dr Corey Smith – Do Killer T cells help us fight COVID-19?


In this series some of QIMR Berghofer’s top researchers explore the question ‘Are psychological traits contagious?’ while others examine the effects of stress and the current COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health.

  • Professor James Scott – Can mental illness be contagious? Anxiety in response to COVID-19
  • Associate Professor Lucia Colodro-Conde – Genetics and stress: Their role in mental health
  • Dr Saurabh Sonkusare – What it takes to study emotions
  • Dr Katrina Grasby – Intelligence and individual differences