Vaccine’s immune boost

Original article by Grant McArthur
Herald Sun – Page: 7 : 23-Nov-20

Research undertaken by scientists in Melbourne suggests that some people who contract COVID-19 may be immune from reinfection for a year or more. The researchers at Monash University, The Alfred hospital and the Burnet Institute tracked the immune cells of 25 COVID-19 patients and found that they were still able to fight off the virus some 242 days after contracting it. The scientists are hopeful that a COVID-19 vaccine would provide protection for a similar length of time, without the need for regular booster shots.

CORPORATES
MONASH UNIVERSITY, ALFRED HOSPITAL, THE MACFARLANE BURNET INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH LIMITED

Deadly cancer genes found

Original article by Andrew Koubaridis
Herald Sun – Page: 3 : 12-Oct-20

Researchers from Monash University and the Cancer Council Victoria have used genetic sequencing to identify three genes that are linked to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. The research found that genetic alterations in three key genes are linked to men who have a strong family history of the cancer, which kills about 60 Australian men each week. Dr Tu Nguyen-Dumont of the Monash School of Clinical Sciences says that identifying men who are more likely to develop the aggressive form of prostate cancer will in turn enable those who require urgent treatment to be identified.

CORPORATES
MONASH UNIVERSITY, THE CANCER COUNCIL VICTORIA