Queensland COVID-19 research

This page of Queensland’s research related to the COVID-19 pandemic is compiled from information provided by Queensland universities and research institutes.

While many of our researchers are working on potential vaccines, treatments and other medical interventions, other researchers are applying their expertise to other impacts of the pandemic upon our economy and other aspects of society. The data includes immediate research activity, recent relevant work, proposed research (subject to available funds) and other responses using the resources and expertise of our research organisations.

Listing all of 15 matching responses out of 121 total responses.

  • Researchers warn about the potential increase in COVID-19 cases and remind Nigerians to practice “physical” distancing April 2020

    Following analysis of the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first day of importation to selected African countries and the worse affected countries outside Africa, researchers from AITHM at JCU and the Federal University of Technology, Nigeria have warned that Nigerians should practice “physical” distancing. They warned that it is important to understand that the travel ban imposed by the Federal Government has prevented or reduced future importations according to their simulation study which found that the effects of the international travel ban imposed by the Australia Government resulted in an 80% reduction in COVID-19 importations. Researchers at AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Centre

    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Oyelola Adegboye
    Research Fellow
    oyelola.adegboye@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 5707
    Collaborations
    Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  • Estimating the case detection rate and temporal variation in transmission of COVID-19 in Australia April 2020

    Working with researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute, the University of Melbourne and Curtin University, AITHM have been estimating the case detection rate and temporal variation in transmission of COVID-19 in Australia. Researchers at AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. These reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Michael Meehan
    Research Fellow
    michael.meehan1@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 4573
    Collaborations
    • The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
    • The Universityof Melbourne
    • Curtin University
  • Indoor precautions essential to stem airborne COVID-19 April 2020

    Research has already demonstrated that viable airborne viruses can travel beyond 1.5m on airflow when exhaled by an infected person. It is likely that COVID-19 spread among cruise ship passengers through the ventilation systems whilst confined to their cabins. Prof. Lidia Morawska from the QUT International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health has urged health authorities to immediately recognise the role of airborne transmission of COVID-19 virus droplets from an infected person beyond 1.5m in order to stem the disease’s spread. A world-leading air quality and health expert Prof. Lidia Morawska and Prof. Junji Cao from Chinese Academy of Sciences have in an Environment International article called on health bodies to initiate research into the airborne transmission of COVID-19 as it is happening. Prof. Morawska has also led a plea, published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, by 239 scientists from 32 countries to international health authorities to recognise and mitigate airborne transmission of COVID-19.

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    Centre

    International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH)
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Professor Lidia Morawska
    Director
    l.morawska@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 2616
    Collaborations
    Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Australian researchers trace sewage for early warning of COVID-19 spread April 2020

    Researchers from the University of Queensland and CSIRO have demonstrated the first step towards an early warning surveillance system to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. The researchers have found RNA fragment of SARS-CoV2, the virus which leads to the disease COVID-19, in wastewater samples from two wastewater treatment plants in South East Queensland. The RNA fragments of SARS-CoV2 would have been shed in the wastewater stream by COVID-19 infected people. The research builds on techniques for testing wastewater for illicit drugs and other chemicals and prior on wastewater analysis for emerging recombinant noroviruses by researchers in the Netherlands and the United States of America.

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    Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Professor Kevin Thomas
    Centre Director
    kevin.thomas@uq.edu.au
    +61 7 344 32443
    Collaborations
    CSIRO Land and Water Science
  • CQU part of national APPRISE COVID-19 research project on the challenges present by the pandemic for First Nations people. March 2020

    First Nations people will face some unique challenges with COVID-19, including risks for infection, availability of preparedness plans, applicability of quarantine and isolation and risks of severe disease given the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in First Nations people. Professor Adrian Miller from CQU is one of the Indigenous researchers in the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE) COVID-19 team. APPRISE is a national network of leading experts, institutions and researchers involved in clinical, laboratory, public health, and ethics research. Its mission is to inform Australia’s emergency response to infectious diseases.

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    Centre

    Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
    CQUniversity

    Contact details
    Professor Adrian Miller
    Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Engagement
    a.miller@cqu.edu.au
    +61 7 4726 5382
    Collaborations
    • Lead organisation - Doherty Institute
    • Funder - Paul Ramsay Foundation
  • Delaying the COVID-19 epidemic in Australia: Evaluating the effectiveness of international travel bans March 2020

    Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China late 2019, different countries have put in place interventions such as travel ban, proper hygiene, and social distancing to slow the spread of this novel virus. Researchers from AITHM at JCU, in collaboration with Victoria University and Monash University, evaluated the effects of travel bans in the Australia context and projected the epidemic until May 2020. The modelling results closely align with observed cases in Australia indicating the need for maintaining or improving on the control measures to slow down the virus. Researchers at AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Adeshina Adekunle
    Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases Modeller
    adeshina.adekunle@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 478 16659
    Collaborations
    Monash University
  • Flattening the curve is not enough, we need to squash it: An explainer using a simple model March 2020

    At the end of March 202, COVID-19 had been diagnosed in over 4,000 Australians. Up until mid-March, most were from international travel, however there then followed a rise in locally acquired cases. The 'Flattening the curve is not enough, we need to squash it:An explainer using a simple model' study uses a simple transmission dynamic model to demonstrate the difference between moderate changes to the reproduction number and forcing the reproduction number below one. Lowering local transmission is becoming important in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and to maintain control of the epidemic, the focus should be on those in the community who do not regard themselves as at risk. Researchers at JCU's AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Professor Emma McBryde
    Professor of Infectious Diseases Modelling and Epidemiology
    emma.mcbryde@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 6547
    Collaborations
    School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • Modelling the impact of COVID-19 upon intensive care services in New South Wales March 2020

    In collaboration with A/Professor Gregory Fox, University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow, Monash University, Professor Emma McBryde at JCU modelled the impact of COVID-19 upon intensive care services in New South Wales. The Australian healthcare system faces a mounting burden due to COVID-19. Modelling performed in a comparable population in the United Kingdom anticipates a substantial burden for intensive care departments. This analysis, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, uses two approaches to estimating intensive care unit (ICU) bed demands associated with COVID-19 in the context of local health districts in NSW. Researchers at AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Centre

    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Professor Emma McBryde
    Professor of Infectious Diseases Modelling and Epidemiology
    emma.mcbryde@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 6547
    Collaborations
    • The University of Sydney - Central Clinical School
    • Monash University - School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • The value of early transmission dynamic studies in emerging infectious diseases March 2020

    In this timely article published in the Lancet, Professor Emma McBryde from AITHM explained the importance of early transmission dynamic studies in emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, at the point when the world was braced for a public health emergency of international. Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, started in December, 2019, in Wuhan, China and quickly spread to become a global pandemic. Modelling studies aided understanding of COVID-19 dynamics from the first announcement of the epidemic and publication of the genetic sequence of the causative virus. Initial phylogenetic analysis of closely related viruses suggested highly linked person-to-person spread of SARS-CoV-2 originating from mid-November to early December, 2019. Following this, modellers provided simple calculations that identified a mismatch between reported cases in China and reported importations of cases from travellers. Based on travel volumes, modellers inferred that cases in Wuhan were underestimated by a factor of 40—a crucially important finding. Researchers at AITHM are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Centre

    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Professor Emma McBryde
    Professor of Infectious Diseases Modelling and Epidemiology
    emma.mcbryde@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 6547
  • Economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak: the need for 1 epidemic preparedness March 2020

    COVID-19 has not only become global pandemic and a public health crisis but also affected the global economy and financial markets. Significant reductions in income, rise of unemployment and disruptions in transportation, service and manufacturing industries are among the consequences of governments’ disease mitigation measures. It has become clear that most governments in the world had underestimated the risks of rapid COVID-19 spread and were mostly reactive in their crisis response. As the disease outbreaks are not likely to disappear in the near future, proactive international actions are required to not only save lives but also protect economic prosperity. Researchers at AITHM, JCU are writing important timely analyses of COVID-19, with an Australian perspective. The reports may be very valuable at time of publishing, but may have less value a month later, once peer review is completed. AITHM are therefore making all their preprint reports publically available.

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    Centre

    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
    James Cook University

    Contact details
    Doctor Anton Pak
    Research Fellow
    anton.pak@jcu.edu.au
    +61 7 4781 5834
    Collaborations
    • North Coast Public Health Unit, New South Wales Health
    • The University of Sydney
  • Developing a highly sensitive biosensor for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage May 2020

    Dr. Ido Bar, a researcher at GU's Environmental Futures Research Institute, is proposing, subject to funding, to develop a highly sensitive biosensor for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage.

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    Environmental Futures Research Institute
    Griffith University

    Contact details
    Doctor Ido Bar
    i.bar@griffith.edu.au
    +61 7 3735 7292
  • Environmental Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 using microbial source tracking May 2020

    The GU Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre is providing environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in watersheds and sewage samples. The laboratory receives regular/routine water and wastewater samples from water utilities across Australia and NZ. Using the RNA sequences for SARS-CoV-2, the researchers apply microbial source tracking (MST) techniques to monitor for the sources of the virus in water sources and wastewater treatment systems.

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    Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre
    Griffith University

    Contact details
    A/Professor Helen Stratton
    Discipline Head, Bioscience
    h.stratton@griffith.edu.au
    +61 7 3735 5503
    Collaborations
    • Water Research Australia - ColoSSoS project
    • Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
  • Safely relaxing social distancing comes down to the numbers May 2020

    Your house number could be the key to the safe relaxation of COVID-19-related restrictions if governments follow a new exit strategy proposal published in the British Medical Journal. Co-authored by Professor Adrian Barnett, a statistician with QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work, An exit strategy for relaxing physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2

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    Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
    Queensland University of Technology

    Contact details
    Professor Adrian Barnett
    a.barnett@qut.edu.au
    +61 7 3138 6010
    Collaborations
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Oxford
  • The impact of diabetes on the severity of COVID-19 July 2020

    The University of Queensland’s Dr. Kirsty Short says diabetes is an important factor in the severity of disease for people suffering from COVID-19, though why this may be was not well understood. In conjunction with Mater Medical Research at the Translational Research Institute, UQ is recruiting patients with and without diabetes who have been infected to determine whether all patients with diabetes are susceptible to severe COVID-19 or if there is a subset that is particularly susceptible. Researchers will also be investigating the patients’ long term immunity to the virus and determining if this wanes faster in patients with diabetes

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    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Doctor Kirsty Short
    Australian Research Fellow
    k.short@uq.edu.au
    +61 7 3365 4226
    Collaborations
  • Novel virus trap nanotechnology for COVID-19 detection. August 2020

    A highly innovative virus trapping nanotechnology will be developed in this Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship project led by Dr. Christopher Howard from the UQ Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to enable rapid population-based screening of COVID-19 and other viral threats. The virus trap technology is cheap, easy-to-use, temperature stable, provides immediate results, is scalable for mass manufacture and will for the first time allow high throughput virus diagnostics for rapid screening during viral pandemics.

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    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
    The University of Queensland

    Contact details
    Dr. Christopher Howard
    Senior Research Fellow
    c.howard2@uq.edu.au
    +61 7 334 64270
    Collaborations
    Xing Technologies

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