The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented health emergency.

Our dedicated team of scientists are expanding and fast-tracking our research into COVID-19 thanks to the wonderful support of the community and with the recent boost of a $5 million funding injection from the Queensland Government. The investment has allowed 5 existing, priority research projects to accelerate to the next stage, and will allow another 4 new projects to start. None of these would have been possible without the initial generosity and support of individuals.

Our Projects

  • Immunity in COVID-19
  • Discovery of drugs for treating cardiac dysfunction
  • First-in-class drugs to prevent severe stage COVID-19
  • Queensland-specific modelling of the pandemic
  • Mental health impacts in Queensland community
  • Inflammation in the brain due to COVID-19
  • The role of Ferritin in severe COVID-19 cases
  • Virus-induced inflammation in the blood brain barrier
  • Establish the Queensland Alliance for the Control of Infectious Diseases (QACID).

The Faces Behind the Work

Establishment of a laboratory for COVID-19 research

Professor Andreas Suhrbier

Professor Andreas Suhrbier has overseen the repurposing of our high biosecurity (PC3) laboratory to handle and experiment on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This repurposing, which was completed in record time, now allows us to  evaluate drugs and vaccines. Read more…


First-in-class drugs to prevent severe stage COVID-19

Professor Sudha Rao

A symptomatic patients who display no viral symptoms are capable of being highly contagious and represent a significant danger of spread of the virus. This conveys the urgent need for new post-exposure prophylaxis drugs (PEPs). Read more…


Discovery of drugs for treating cardiac dysfunction

Associate Professor James Hudson

SARS-CoV-2 leads to cardiac injury and dysfunction in two-thirds of hospitalised patients and higher rates of mortality in people with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Associate Professor James Hudson and his team have conducted studies into the effects of COVID-19 on the heart. Read more…


COVID-19 Worldwide Statistics

This data is shown from the “COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University” for more information please click here